These botanical leaf images were created for a community outreach photography class that I’m currently teaching using a tablet as a light table. Each leaf comes from one of over 6000 trees that have been planted in the Olympic Park and include birch, elm, poplar, wild cherry and oak. Almost all the existing trees were removed during the demolition and land clearance for the Games but many of these tree species were then re-introduced to maintain local provenance. The Park landscape was shaped over a couple of years from 2010 during which these semi-mature trees arrived, so to speak, on the back of a lorry.
A set of images prepared for the recent RIBA Friends walk and which architecturally mark some of the way from Canada Water to Rotherhithe. I’ve yet to photograph the many converted warehouses which in many ways define the 19th century heritage of the area. Nelson House, which was listed in 1949, dates from the early 18th century and is London’s only surviving example of a type of Georgian property once common with prosperous ship-building owners.
I added a series of photographs of the Balfron Tower which were made in 2015/6 prior to the refurbishment that is currently underway. I will return once the new look is revealed which is likely to be in 2019/20. These photographs have also been added to the RIBA image library.
Over the summer I spent several days walking the perimeter of the Olympic Park looking at its boundaries. Ten years before a blue construction hoarding separated the land into an inside and outside. These are a few of the images made that explore how photography can evoke, through traces and memory, what has otherwise gone from the landscape.
London clay excavated from the Crossrail tunnels was removed by barge from Instone Wharf to Wallasea Island in Essex where it was used to create a nature reserve. In future plans, the wharf becomes a terminus for a new ‘ecologically focussed’ Limmo Park, making accessible a large section of riverine landscape after the Crossrail compound at Canning Town closes. These images are from the last bend in the River Lea landscape and are part of Walking the Leaway.