Café Ideal, Cool Blondes, and Paradise is a series of pictures exploring the intimate landscapes of London's streets - shop fronts, corners, interiors, front gardens, posters ....

Although the pictures seldom include people, they concentrate on the traces of their presence, on how they mark out and occupy urban space and on how they represent themselves and others.

As the title suggests, I organised the work into three sections using titles which originated from the pictures in each group.

It was a project that concerned itself very much with the different communities that make up the city, and that ranged widely across London. It covered not just the London well-known to tourists but also the people's London - Hackney, Lewisham, Acton, Streaham... In the time I worked on it I covered most of London on foot, working also on a project documenting The Buildings of London.

To see my latest pictures from London, look at MyLondonDiary

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