Monday, 30 December 2013


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I was in South Woodford the other day when I came across this alleyway. It's in George Lane and runs through to the car park behind the shops. I assume it was built as part of the original shop development.  I was attracted by the light coming through from the other end and the way the line of the walls lead to the top of the frame. It's always worth taking a little time to look around.

Sunday, 29 December 2013


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Wow, cold this morning before the sun came up. This is the lawn in the garden, lots of frost just starting to melt helping to make a great picture.

Friday, 27 December 2013


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I went to see how the river Roding was getting on earlier today. A few years ago there was flooding on Chigwell Road but I believe the flood defences have been reinforced since then. I took this photograph from the bridge where it runs under the A12 near the Redbridge roundabout. It didn't look too bad, flowing fast but not too high, let's hope it stays that way. Luckily, the sun broke through as I was about to take this picture adding a bit of drama to the final image.

Thursday, 26 December 2013


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Boxing day… only another 750 pieces to go…...

Wednesday, 25 December 2013


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This is one of my favourite Wanstead pictures, the twisted tree on Christchurch Green, apt for this time of the year I thought. Wherever you are in the world Merry Christmas and a happy holiday.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013


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What a great Sunday evening - Kinema returned to Wanstead. A truly wonderful experience, Wanstead folk gathered in the hall of Treehouse After School Club, Grove Hall in Grosvenor Road, brought their own cushions and chairs settled down and watched the excellent Christmas film 'It's a Wonderful Life'. If you have never seen it it's a must, a few tears were shed in the hall at the end of the night as the film finished. Wanstead Tap were on hand to provide a variety of their excellent beers, what a great start to the Christmas break. Special thanks must go to Kinema enthusiast  Wansteads own Wansteadium for arranging the event.

Monday, 23 December 2013


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Here's a thing that always 'throws' me slightly. I get up, get dressed and leave the house. The sun's up, it's daylight but there's the moon. I just can't get my head around it. Note to self re New Years resolution 'I must take up astronomy'.

Sunday, 22 December 2013


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On the last Sunday before Christmas it was great to see the local traders open early this morning. As you can see from the picture in A G Dennis, the local butchers shop, the window was being stocked with turkeys and the greengrocers, Harveys, was doing a brisk trade as well. Shop local if you can, the High Street is an important part of Wanstead.

Friday, 20 December 2013


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Not strictly Christmas lights but a great display anyway. I shot this picture of the London Eye tonight while on a river Thames evening cruise, hope you like it.

Thursday, 19 December 2013


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I thought I would pop this picture on today just to make a difference from the night shots of the last two days. It's just a quick shot I grabbed as I was opening up the Gallery in Nightingale Lane yesterday morning, it's so full of light and you can almost feel warmth from the sun, it just struck me as a very cheerful photograph. The palm belongs to The Lane Indian restaurant next door to us, nice to see a few leaves still around. 

Wednesday, 18 December 2013


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Driving home this evening I spotted these Christmas lights. They are a bit different from the usual, kind of like  illuminated earrings dangling in the night, great though eh!

Tuesday, 17 December 2013


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I do like Christmas lights there's nothing quite like them. I can't imagine the festive season without them. They lift the shops, houses and streets and just make everything feel so warm and cosy. As I walked home the other night I snapped these pictures, look out for more to come !

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Monday, 16 December 2013


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This is not the normal view of Nightingale Green that I usually observe. As you can see work is well under way, portable loo, piles of earth, heavy machinery and cones, its all happening. I can't wait to see the finished result. 

Sunday, 15 December 2013


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This is just a simple picture, in case you can't guess it's a candle in a glass container with the light radiating from it. I thought it was very Christmaassy !

Saturday, 14 December 2013


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I walked home from the Gallery last night. I just wanted to stretch my legs as I had been sitting all day editing photographs on the computer. I think I have said before that one of the good things about it getting dark early is that the lights in houses are on when I leave. I have always admired the stain glass in particular this porch, is it Edwardian? I am not sure, anyway the lights were on last night and it looked wonderful backlit.

Friday, 13 December 2013

I have just posted the new Workshop and Walk Dates for January 2014.  Please check out the Workshops Page for details.

Thursday, 12 December 2013


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I mentioned yesterday that I wasn't sure if the weather we are getting is mist or fog. Yesterday I think it was definitely fog. Early in the morning the visibility really was limited, I was pleased not to be driving. By the time I got to Christchurch Green it had thinned out a little. It was really spooky with figures emerging from and disappearing into the fog. If we get a third morning of it I will definitely think I have been transported back into some bad 1950's horror film. 

Wednesday, 11 December 2013


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I said on the post yesterday that I thought December was supposed to be grey and sure enough when I woke up this morning it was. Was it fog or mist, not sure but it was very atmospheric anyway.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013


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You don't have to tell me, I know it's another sky picture but really who can resist these amazing skies. Both morning and evening we have had these fabulous displays of colour recently, I thought December was supposed to be grey. I shot both of these pictures in Redbridge Lane West. It's an interesting road because of the way it drops down from George Green towards the River Roding, quite often different light at the top and bottom.

Monday, 9 December 2013


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Very busy afternoon yesterday at our gallery, 'eightyfour' in Nightingale Lane. Mike Edwards was launching and signing copies of his book 'Shelf Life', it's photographs and stories about 'people of note' of E11, E18 and E4. As you can see from the picture above the lights were burning brightly in the Gallery as people came in to see the book and look at the new Wanstead photographs that we have hanging. We have a few copies of the book in the Gallery, if you would like to have a look please pop in.

Sunday, 8 December 2013


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As I was leaving the gallery the other evening there was  a lovely moon in the sky. Although it was a crescent, not a full moon it was so clear. I hurried to photograph it before the cloud cover arrived. I don't know much about the night sky, but I think I managed to identify 'the plough' the other night, sort of North West of Wanstead? If you know about these things please drop me a line to let me know if I am looking in the right direction !

I went onto Nightingale Green to take this photograph, I wanted to include the bare branches of this tree. As you probably know 'the Green' is undergoing a major facelift and should look great in five or six months time.

Friday, 6 December 2013


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Fabulous skies for the last two mornings. I missed  the one yesterday, I was working before the sun came up but I did manage to grab this quick shot of the one this morning. It was taken on my iPhone through double glazing hence the flare but I thought it was still worth capturing.

Thursday, 5 December 2013


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I was wandering along the High Street the other night and stopped to wonder what sort of restaurant we are going to have in the old Irish Bank building. We seem to have most types in Wanstead and I know there is a lot of speculation. 

Anyway as I continued along toward Wanstead Station I saw our Christmas tree from this angle, I really liked the view with all the car tail lights, made it look even more festive.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013


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I was waiting outside Wanstead station the other night when I noticed these shadows. It took me a second to fall in before I realised they were of bare branches being thrown by the street light. 

Monday, 2 December 2013


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I know some of you are great fans of Paris, I do not know whether any Parisian's follow this blog but I like to think that amongst the French readers some do. Whenever I see tables and chairs outside a cafe or restaurant I always think of sipping wine overlooking a busy Paris street. Anyway back to the real world,  this photograph was taken in Leytonstone and the tables and chairs are outside the excellent Olive Branch restaurant opposite the station. On a sunny day or a warm evening however and a little imagination you could be anywhere.

Sunday, 1 December 2013


Mike Edwards, a Wanstead resident and great Pilates teacher has been working for five years on a  book of photographs of 'local people of note' as he puts it. The first launch of his book is to be at our gallery 'eightyfour', 84 Nightingale Lane, Wanstead, E11 2EZ on Sunday 8th December 2pm till 5pm. If you are free pop in and check it out. In the meantime I'll let Mike give you a brief introduction to his book...

Shelf Life E11,E4, E18

"As you may know by now, I'm interested in local issues, be they 'green', environmental, community, history etc. So, for the past five years I've been compiling stories and taking photos of local people of note in Wanstead, Woodford and Chingford - hence E11, E4, E18. (A project which initially began through my interest in photography.)
41 subjects, all of whom tell their life stories with interest, where they came from and how they came to be in the position they are now, involved in the local community.  For example, an 86 year old woman still teaching KeepFit, an 80 year old man still shodding horses, and a man in his 70's still maintaining the church bells up in the Tower above Christ Church. I've felt honoured to have been given access to their memories, and as a result, I have learned so much more about the local area."

So, here is my invite to you to attend the Book Launch/Signing in December where the book will be sold at cost price. It is a short lithographic print run by, of course, a local Company!"

Mike Edwards

Saturday, 30 November 2013


Just before you get to see the photographs I have to let you know that we have a new supply of Wanstead Society Calendars in stock. The first batch sold out immediately so don't hesitate they won't last long, at only £6 each they are a great buy for yourself or as a present. All proceeds go the Wanstead Society.

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Well you saw the lights being put on yesterday and here it is tonight in all its glory and it looks great, a wonderful seasonal addition to George Green

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Friday, 29 November 2013


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I was on my way home last night from an art exhibition in Spitalfields, artist Marc Gooderham who exhibited with us recently had some pictures on show. As I came past Wanstead station these guys were putting the lights on the Wanstead Christmas tree on George Green. I'd better get my letter off to Santa before it's to late.

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Thursday, 28 November 2013


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This is another photograph taken on George Green, I took it shortly after yesterday's picture, it seemed a shame not to make the most of the light. I've always assumed these trees were planted as a group but as you can see from the picture there appears to be an age difference, youngest on the left etc...

Wednesday, 27 November 2013


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I know I said look out for more black and white pictures this week and that was my intention, however, I keep coming across all these gorgeous colours combined with great light. I'll have to wait until it gets a little more gloomy for the black and white shots. I took this picture on George Green the other morning, this low winter sun is great, it has a real clarity for photography. I hope you enjoy the photograph.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013


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Christmas is almost upon us as Lillies flower shop in the High Street depicts with a profusion of artistic excellence.  This display of colour caught my eye as I drove by the other evening.  I have to say that Lillies of Wanstead always has a lovely window but excels each and every holiday and high day.

Monday, 25 November 2013


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We get fantastic early morning light in our house, we have a big window facing East and it catches every ray of sunlight. This image that looks like some sort of giant spider about to pounce is in fact a shadow from one of our house plants, sorry don't know the species. Look out for more black and white photographs this week. 

Sunday, 24 November 2013


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One of the better things about winter and it getting dark early is that lights in building go on and you get a peek of what is going on inside. I was passing the United Reformed Church in Nightingale Lane and the lights were on and it was an opportunity to glimpse in through the window and see the lovely arches and ceiling. Enjoy your Sunday.

Saturday, 23 November 2013


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I published a similar photograph to this back in late October, it was the same scene and the picture was taken roughly at the same time of day. What a difference in the sky though, back in October it was grey, overcast and looked thoroughly miserable and here we are in mid November and it looks beautiful. British weather eh !

Friday, 22 November 2013


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I was in Dorset yesterday on a magazine assignment, it was a beautiful if very cold day. As I drove past the beach I couldn't resist stopping to take this picture of the Jurassic coastline. There were very few people about, too cold even for dinosaurs.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013


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I spotted this 'plane flying above Wanstead, I like to see the contrails that they leave at that height. This one really appealed to me because of the colour of the trail against the sky. I wonder where it was going ?

Tuesday, 19 November 2013


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I paid a visit to Battlesbridge in Essex a few days ago, it's got a nice pub but mainly it's known as an antiques centre. Lots of dealers housed in a variety of old buildings, always a lot to see and explore. The river Crouch runs through it and this is where I found this old hulk, sad to see it in this condition but certainly made for an atmospheric picture.

Monday, 18 November 2013


I was invited recently by the Woodford and Wanstead Camera Club to judge their print competition. So I duly turned up last Teusday evening at the clubs meeting room in Wanstead, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I have to say it was a really great night, a good enthusiastic, friendly turnout, excellent tea and most importantly some really great pictures. I looked through roughly fifty photographs in different categories and I didn't come across a bad one, in fact I was really impressed by the high standard of work. In short a great club with great members, I look forward to a return visit.

The photograph above shows me with some of the members looking over some of the winning photographs and below a selection of the entries including the overall winner, third from left on the bottom row.

Many thanks to club member Aimee Benn for supplying these two photographs shot with her iPhone. 

Sunday, 17 November 2013


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You probably know by now that I have a soft spot for clouds and skies. I stepped out of our Gallery in Nightingale Lane the other evening and saw this wonderful colour in the sky behind the old hospital on Hermon Hill. A lovely end to the working day.

Saturday, 16 November 2013


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I always thought that birds were tucked up in their nest after dark, shows you what I know. I took this picture early evening in Nightingale Lane, Wanstead. I liked the moon in-between the chimneys as a composition, the birds flying home to roost was pure luck.

Friday, 15 November 2013


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The gardeners amongst you probably know the answer to this but to me it's always a puzzle. Why do some leaves on the same tree last longer than others as the winter sets in? These leaves are on the Cherry tree in my garden, how come they are still full of colour while the others have fallen ?

Thursday, 14 November 2013


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I passed Robins Pie and Mash shop in the High Street on my walk. Although relatively new to Wanstead the family has been serving up pie and mash for five generations in East London and Essex. Anyway I like the awning at the side of the shop and on this day the warmth of the light in the shop shining through the window of the awning looked very welcoming. I have to tell you that those empty tables in the picture were soon filled as people escaped the rain to tuck into this traditional East End dish.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013


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After I had finished at Christ Church I walked across Christchurch Green to see how the fallen trees were faring. All of the upper parts had been removed but the upturned roots were still there together with the damage done to the paths. It's still a sad sight but Wanstonians seem to be taking it in their stride as the picture above shows. People are still power walking even in the rain.