Banda are a property development agency based in South Kensington. Their attention is focused on the affluent SW London postcodes – oh, and southern France.
Shooting for the website, I traipsed miles and miles of well-paved, cleaned and pristine streets, parks and gardens. What struck me more than the actual properties, was the abundance of beautiful floral arrangements. On each-and-every street, at least one household paid tribute to summer’s fantastic flora.
The assignment was divided over three long days. On the third day, I was sent to a house in Fulham. It was under construction and my job was to shoot the builders and close-ups of tools. I preferred this to the monotony – and slight shame – of photographing the houses of anonymous others. At least there was a degree of communication between myself and the subject. A love of mine.
Earlier this evening I headed back to Homerton where I’d lived for a wonderfully exciting two years. Our local park was Mabley Green. It’s sufficiently large to lose yourself and forget brick, but bleak enough to bring most of what you were hoping to avoid – despair and anguish mainly.
Muf architects are attempting to rid this good space of all it’s infinite nothingness. But much like any government funded development, the proposals must pass years of bureaucracy and dithering.
The A12 undercroft is found at the far-left corner of Mabley Green. It is the first battleground between Muf and Hackney council. If they can develop a fitting use for this brutally beautiful space, perhaps then they can move onto the Green and get their ideas implemented.
A path cuts through the undercroft and leads off towards the Olympic site. This space has the potential to be a a great area for cycling – and that includes bike polo and inbuilt concrete jumps.
The following photos show a cycling workshop held by Keir Applerley, a Hackney local, ultra-keen cyclist and far from preachy preacher. He also manages Cycling Club Hackney.
Welcome to The Bridge Cycle Club. It was raining, hence the sparse attendance, but there’s to be another workshop next week; jumps will be erected and the sun will definitely shine.
Although it looks a little bleak, the idea is very much there. The space is great and this proves that it has bundles of cycling potential
Keir and the intricacies of spokes - and how they can be straightened, loosened and tightened
Welcome again to Ed & Xenia’s Supper Club.
We lavishly fed and watered 22 guests and a two man film crew. It was a fantastic few days and as always, a pleasure to be part of.
The theme was Serving Summer. The menu and more information about the club can be seen here,
Perhaps we’ll see you next time.
Rain teased but the sun remained - much to our relief
Xenia won the argument; Sangria is made with lemonade
Sorting the tapas boards
Galician almond cake with sour cherry compote and peach and cinnamon ice cream