Photographing 45,000 London streets

I bloody love community-based creativity, as you either know from my previous ramblings or will come to know from my future ones.

On its opening Sunday, I missed out on getting a spot at the first Roast on the Rye, which promises to bring the community together through food. The Peckham-local chef, Amir Pem, is superb. He summered at a bar I frequent when it’s open from July to September (Frank’s Bar in Peckham. It sits atop a multi-storey carpark and is little short of perfect… until it gets mega busy and I FTFO [freak the feck out] and GTFO [get the feck out]), and I sampled the entire menu in one sitting. No kidding, I really did *rubs belly proudly*. Anywho, despite the fact that I was salivating at the mere thought of Amir’s roasty offerings, my rejection email was bittersweet. It’s nice to know that so many people have already been brought together through food, as per Roast on the Rye’s mish. Top notch.

I’m rambling again.

Anywho, I love it when the community comes together over something creative. The Royal Photographic Society has just launched a swell little project for Londoners; they’re aiming to photograph every street in The Big Smoke (45,000 snaps, as per the title of this little ditty) and are appealing particularly to those who live in North London or South East London (yay, that’s me). It’s called Bleeding London, and gets its name from Geoff Nicholson’s novel, which apparently follows a character named Stuart London as he walks the complete length and breadth of the city. Have you read it? Let me know in the comments section; it sounds like it’s worth a read.


I’ve taken a few Bleeding London snaps (that up there is my dream car hanging out on Camberwell Grove), and you should too. If you’re a Londoner who doesn’t come down south east too often, make it your excuse. This place is lush. No one likes Oxford Street. For reals though, if you’re ever looking for anything to do or visit in SE, hit me up on Twitter and I’ll chuck a suggestion or two your way.

Back to Bleeding London; photos need to have been taken after March 2014 and the closing date is 31st October. You can upload them here. Happy wandering!


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