A rare trip South of the river with #WWSI on Saturday afternoon. The previous unchartered territory was Vauxhall Station. Not the most inspiring of locations, despite the stunning architecture of the bus station. Seriously.
Much joy then when Mr WWSI revealed Vauxhall Park (spot a theme?) as the latest location in our weekly trawl around town with lenses. And so I arranged to meet my photography companion, and all round good friend, @funkturm in SW8 on Saturday afternoon, to show him around my patch.
As we walked to the park, we both expressed a recent feeling of finding WWSI something of a chore of late. That’s no criticism of the concept or project; just that life catches up with you, making a weekly photography trip slightly tricky to accommodate each week.
No worries. We entered the wonderful Vauxhall Park and our lethargy disappeared as soon as we hit the lavender trail. Simply stunning.
Vauxhall Park is *my* park, replacing lovely Larkhall, following the great house move of three summers ago (was it really that long?)
Many see the barren patch of land between the suburbs around SW8 and the mainline train station as simply a quick cut through on the way to work. Explore further, and you’ll discover a treasure of South London beauty, begging for some serious lens action.
The Summer Fair organinised by the Friend’s group last month seemed to unite the local community, all coming out to play and celebrate their park. Although we couldn’t find a bonkers South London brass band on Saturday afternoon, the ambience around SW8 remained.
Images shot, I treated @funkturm to a Little Porto treat at our favourite South Lambeth restaurant just down the road. For a painfully trendy Easy End boy, I think he appreciated the summer pace of life around South London.
And so with WWSI woes washed away for another week, we were reminded why we continue to participate. For me it’s all about the freedom and reason to explore the city. I get to
walk cycle off to locations I would otherwise ignore, as well as poking my cameras where they really shouldn’t be allowed to be poked.
I’ve missed three WWSI shoots since the inception almost five years ago. These coincided with the great house move. It was therefore pleasing to rediscover my WWSI faith with some photography action around my little patch of South London.