Whitechapel in 50 Buildings

 

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Published in September 2016.

This book is the vision of photographer Louis Berk and Rachel Kolsky, an acknowledged expert on east-end and specifically Whitechapel social history. We chose 50 buildings, still standing today, that capture the essence of Whitechapel, past and present. We hope you enjoy this look at Whitechapel as much as we enjoyed writing the book.

Goodbye Whitechapel Bell Foundry

The entrance first established in 1739 on Whitechapel High Street

Spitalfields Life and the Daily Mail, amongst others, have broken the news that the Whitechapel Bell Foundry is to close when the current owner, Alan Hughes, retires in May 2017.

In this blog entry I show some of the photographs I took in August 2008 when my wife and I were fortunate enough to get places on a tour of the foundry.

Londonist Podcast about Whitechapel In 50 Buildings

Idea Store - Whitechapel Road

Londonist Out Loud has published a podcast this week which features a tour around Whitechapel with my co-author based on our book Whitechapel in 50 Buildings. Follow this link to listen to the podcast!

 

Whitechapel versus Kentish Town

This month's (November 2016) issue of the Kentish Towner local cultural guide includes a feature article I wrote comparing my photographs of Whitechapel with photographs of similar buildings in Kentish Town. I make the point that London is really a group of joined up villages - each with its own distinct style - but some common themes, achitecturally.

Verbena Bonariensis

Click on the photograph to see a larger size - Sigma DP3M Merrill

I am not a gardener at all but my wife is passionate about her plants and bulbs. I do enjoy photographing the delicate blooms and some are more of challenge than others. This Verbena Bonariensis is still going strong as we head from October into November. 

Supermoon and Cranes, Camden Town

You can click through to a larger image on Flickr

I remember in my early days as a photographer a much more knowledgeable friend cautioning me about trying to photograph the moon. This was, of course back in the days before digital photography. The reason is that our eyes are fantastic optical tools and we selectively zoom into objects subsconsciously. So, when we see a large moon it is part physics (the moon is actually larger in the sky at certain times) but also biology. If you try to photograph the moon it is likely to be only a pinpoint of light unless you use a reasonably large telephoto lens.

Early this morning (about 4:30AM in the UK) it was a 'Supermoon'. Sometimes also called a 'Hunter's' moon.

How then to photograph it and make it worthwhile rather than a fool's errand?

Whitechapel in 50 Buildings: Spitalfields Life Review

The Gentle Author at the popular and well regarded website Spitalfields Life has published a review of "Whitechapel in 50 Buildings."

In the review he chose five buildings and expands on their importance to the life and history of the East End.

Elder Street, Spitalfields

Panasonic GX8, Olypus Pro 7-14/2.8

One of the issues facing an urban landscape photographer is the heavy prevalence of parked cars that often detract from or obscure a view. But this classic Morris Minor parked in Elder Street, Spitalfields is the rare exception. It is opposite number 32, which was built in the early 18th century and was home to Mark Gertler, an early 20th century at some point in his life. In this rare case the vintage car and the historic house do compliment each other.

Review at Londonist - Whitechapel in 50 Buildings

Panasonic GX8, Olympus Pro 7-14/2.8

The Londonist has reviewed my book "Whitechapel in 50 Buildings" and says "This Hawksmoor church is a familiar sight to anyone who's visited Brick Lane or Spitalfields Market, but we've rarely seen it looking finer than in this early morning shot, with the long shadows of dawn".

You can read the full review here. 

 

Eyes Down

 

Camden Town, Ricoh GR

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