New Cross, SE14, 1999. Photo © David Secombe
In the South
Abandoned power stations, allotments, back gardens, badly painted public art, big sheds, Blow Up, bored au pairs, breakers’ yards, broken tumble dryer, cheap calls to Nigeria, dead riverside industry, evangelical church services, executive developments, failing schools, failing shopping precincts, forbidding pubs, half-decent football clubs, kebab shops, lock-up garages, mangy foxes, municipal parks, neglected cemeteries, prefabs, railway embankments, rats like cats, roadside shrines, second-hand shops, short-lived grand schemes, stranded Victorian villas, strangely-located nightclubs, tandoori restaurants, tattoo parlours, Turkish men’s clubs, tyre sitters, vandalised youth centres, wind off the Thames, 20,000 streets under the sky.
… for The London Column. © David Secombe 2011.