The Robin Hood Gardens estate was completed in 1972 and now, some forty five years later, it is undergoing phased demolition to make way for the Blackwall Reach regeneration scheme. I’ve realised its destruction isn’t something I care to photograph. So instead I have been looking anew at photographs I made during the two years leading up to Open House London 2016 when I was involved in staging an onsite exhibition. It is an edit of about fifteen images and, as I review and select these, I will be adding them to a Robin Hood Gardens project.
Paynes Wharf dates from the mid-nineteenth century and had been Grade 2 listed and was awaiting development when I made this image in 2010. The Italianate style facade was held up by a steel frame and the sight of Canary Wharf across the Thames through the giant arched windows compressed a scene of urban architectural change. Now the stock bricks, painted stonework, moulded cornices and rusticated keystones have all been restored and on Sunday 12 November it will be one of the first stops on a Creekside architectural photo-walk I’m organising for this years Urban Photo Fest.
An image from my Leaway project; sadly these trees, which were a distinctive presence along the Waterworks River between Stratford High Street and the Olympic Park, have recently all been cut down.