20.5.13

New Project: Exploring London



I’ve set myself a new challenge as part of a personal project as well as my final uni project. I want to explore London, and discover new places & spaces.

The main idea is to document different creatives across London, creative freelancers, or small businesses - anything ranging from artists (e.g. painter) to florists, independent cafe owners, fashion designers, etc.

I recently brainstormed some ideas on how to find people who would want their work/business documented, did a google search, and then suddenly realised that I’m in LONDON. What better way could there be than to actually go out and explore the city, and find places myself. I’m sure I’ll come across a ton of cool new places and areas that I didn’t know about yet. So exciting.
I could even create a little ‘guide to exploring London’ or a ‘London city guide’ - something like that.

What I love about the idea is that I actually challenge myself to go out and explore, AND make myself take my camera with me.
It’s easy to just get stuck in your daily routine, visit the same places over and over again, see the same areas, think you’ve already seen everything. But London is huge. There will be so much more to see.

If you’ve got a favourite place in London, I’d love to hear. It could be anything - cafe, shop, or just a certain area. And if you know creative people that wouldn’t mind being photographed, please do share as well. It would be a big help. :)

And if you want to join me on one of my ‘tours’ at some point, shoot me an email.

The photos above are from a lovely day yesterday spent at Brick Lane, Sunday Up Market, Columbia Rd Flower Market, ...

8 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great project! I'm excited to see the pictures you take, a London city guide would be interesting as well I think.

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  2. This sounds so interesting! I'm excited to see more of this project.

    I'd like to visit London someday and a city guide with specific creative businesses listed would be a GEM!

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    1. Thank you, Tana. I'm excited as well - I hope the excitement will stay and I'll come across some interesting creative businesses.

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  3. Hi Helena! It would be great to have a London City Guide! I don't know London yet and it would be very useful ! It sounds like a great project! Good Luck!

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    1. Thank you, Cris. I appreciate it! :)

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  4. I"m so in love with my neighbourhood. London Fields has about a million little cafes and shops, and broadway market! It's my favourite! There's a shop just up the street from me, down the road from Hackney Downs called Healthy Stuff. It's a small health food shop and they make amazing coffees, smoothies, sandwiches, etc... It's run by a husband and wife team and they have the cutest little girl. It's called Healthy Stuff. And just around the corner is a cafe called Violet that makes the most amazing cakes, I don't know their story but I know it's independently owned. Oh! And there's a wine shop, called Borough Wines where we buy our wine in re-usable bottles - we just pop over and fill them up whenever we have people over. It's really good! Ah I could go on and on, but those are my top three. http://www.healthystuffe8.co.uk/ http://boroughwines.wordpress.com/category/wilton-way/ and http://www.violetcakes.com/

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    1. Freya, thank you SO SO much!! That's really helpful! I can't wait to go check out all the places. I've been wanting to explore London Fields for ages, but never got around to actually doing it. Feeling super excited to do so now.
      I really appreciate your tips! Everything sounds so lovely just from your descriptions. :) xx

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