Having moved a few months ago, I’m finally beginning to have time to think about changes I need to consider. One being, my kitchen which is where I work and edit is too bright. I need to either move my computer to the front room, get a hood for my monitor or get some blinds. It’s affecting my white balance and ability to see what I’m doing with that… it’s annoying because whatever solution I go for requires a bit of money to be spent. Aaah well! Minor but important.
Images (c)SJField 2016
These were hard to manage and there are others that seem to have come up too yellow or green on FB. I have recalibrated my screen but I need to sort this out. When in doubt though, B&W, which isn’t ideal always ….!
Brendan, the friend who has bought the pub I am documenting (when I am able to … time is always so restricted) is doing an MSC in Responsibility and Sustainability and last night his cohort were invited to an event to see the pub and meet another local person who is instrumental in providing spaces where communities are encouraged to connect. It’s really interesting because I can see that Brendan’s studies are closely linked to some of the Marx, constructivism and societal subjects we have covered here to date. Johnny Sertin is a local vicar who manages Paradise, another local venture aimed at encouraging people in the community together. Last night he talked about bringing parts of Earlsfield back to life. Since I moved here in 1997 there have been some huge changes. Northcote Road was quite dilapidated when I arrived here and is now thriving, but over the years many of the small businesses that contributed to its earlier popularity have had to leave as the rent went up and much bigger companies, big brands moved in. Now it’s a very upmarket and expensive road (although, if you know what to avoid, and where to go you can find really great places). Garratt Lane will go that way eventually too. The little stretch of Garratt Lane that the Grosvenor Arms is on is filled with history. This is a great and relevant project to be embarking on – although it probably has the potential to be bigger than I can currently cope with. I guess slowly, slowly… or something. I don’t know! I asked a local shop owner if I could photograph his shop and he was very unfriendly… I can see why, his shop seems to supply more than it advertises… but we will see how things progress. Anyway, here are some interesting shots, plus some I wasn’t sure about how appropriate for my commercial blog they might be. But I like the human interest, shapes and gestures. The guy talking in the main image above gave an inspirational talk before they all sat down for supper – some of it was quite ‘spiritual’ in flavour. I wonder how that would go down with hard core capitalists (such as my oldest son tells me he aims to be!)
Images (c)SJField 2016
I have been commissioned to document the changing face of a local pub which a friend has bought and intends to update, as sensitively as he can. The people who use the pub are worried that their communal watering hole will be changed beyond recognition and that they will no longer be welcome there, or feel comfortable. The new landlord wants to ensure that the users of the pub continue to use the pub as they always have done, and encourage the rest of the community to as well. What lies beneath his project is a desire to address the lack of social cohesion in our historical borough and building community links, which are quickly being eroded by ‘progress’. He is doing an MA and this work will support that in some way.
The photographic project is actually quite challenging, despite the fact it requires me to spend time there (which I know for some might not sound challenging at all!) As a mother my time is limited, which is one challenge – I can’t actually spend as much time in the pub as I think the project would benefit from. But also, photographing and intruding on people who are simply there to have a drink and chat with their mates isn’t always that comfortable. However, they are getting used to my face and presence and I am getting used to being there when I can. So there has been some progression. The pub closes in order to be refurbished in two weeks so I am extremely limited about getting before shots – not that the project is merely a before and after exercise. I imagine I will be working on it for a number of months.
Image (c) SJField 2016