When Night Falls: Lewisham, Greenwich and Deptford, a set on Flickr.
This photo set — the 62nd in my ongoing project to photograph London by bike — follows on from the previous set, in which, just a few weeks ago, I recorded a particularly warm and vivid sunset from Hilly Fields, the hill-top park near my home in Brockley, in south east London. After the sun had finally dipped below the horizon for good, I made my way down the hill for a quick circuit of the other areas close to me that are a source of enduring fascination for me — Lewisham, the centre of the borough, and Greenwich and Deptford, both of which meet the River Thames at their northern edge.
With the sky darkening, this was a fascinating journey — through some of Lewisham’s back streets and industrial sites that took on an eerie beauty at night, and then down to Greenwich, where I took photos of some of that famous borough’s celebrated pubs and other sights — including St. Alfege’s Church and the Cuttty Sark by the river — before moving on to Deptford along the path beside the Thames, and a return journey via Deptford High Street, the least corporate high street in London, which was still buzzing with independent life despite the late hour.
Some of the photos I took on this journey didn’t work out, as I didn’t have a tripod with me, and there wasn’t sufficient light, but I remain impressed by what i can capture with failing light, but without any outside assistance, and I hope you enjoy coming along on this mostly liminal journey with me.
Posting these photos has also made me realise quite how many photos I have still to publish of Lewisham, Deptford and Greenwich in the daytime, taken at various times from August onwards, which I will try to post in the not too distant future. Next up, however, are more local photos taken this month, to reflect the changing of the seasons. After that, I’l post some photos from September, of other parts of London, but I should get back to posting more from south east London before Christmas!
Thanks, as ever, for your interest!
Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK) and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed — and I can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Flickr (my photos) and YouTube. Also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, updated in April 2012, “The Complete Guantánamo Files,” a 70-part, million-word series drawing on files released by WikiLeaks in April 2011, and details about the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, and available on DVD here — or here for the US). Also see my definitive Guantánamo habeas list and the chronological list of all my articles, and please also consider joining the new “Close Guantánamo campaign,” and, if you appreciate my work, feel free to make a donation.
On Facebook, Ann Alexander wrote:
Thanks Andy. I love your photos and don’t tell you enough. It is great to see the city through your eyes. You are very gifted. I wonder what Dot will give you for Xmas this year.
Aleksey Penskiy wrote:
I get great pleasure from viewing your photos and stay in the history of London. Enjoyed the pictures. Thank you, Andy
Sisterz Filleh wrote:
What caméra do u use Andy, this latest shoots i think are the best of yours …personnaly
Thank you, Ann, Aleksey and Sisterz. I am delighted to hear that you are enjoying the photos, and enjoying seeing London through my eyes. It really means a lot, as I’m sure you realise, because until recently it was a form of creativity and of expression that I had let lapse for many years, and suddenly I was making photos available when people knew me primarily for my writing. I do think everything is connected, though – or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that there are many different ways to tell stories, in different media, which have the same impulses.
Sisterz, I use a Canon Ixus – it’s only a compact camera, but I’ve grown to love it, as it’s so easy to use, and so responsive to light and perspective. I’ve been having a look at some of my earlier photos recently – from six months ago – and I would agree that I’m getting better at what I do. I suppose this is what’s supposed to happen after you spend six months working on something almost full-time, but I was pleasantly surprised. I think I have also got better at tweaking my photos using Apple’s excellent software – brightening and sharpening, mainly – but it’s the eye that counts, and the recognition of what a camera can and can’t do, and it’s the comfort I have with my camera, and my knowledge of it, that’s making it all possible.
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