Street art in London’s East End

You can find street art all over London but if you head out to the east you can’t turn a corner without bumping into murals, stickers and street art that wasn’t even there the day before! 

I booked myself onto a Street Art Photography workshop to explore this art through the medium of photography. It was a great workshop with an hour’s introduction from Dave Stuart who shared some incredibly useful tips as well as running through the work of a wide variety of artists. It’s not an type of art that I’m at all familiar with so I was keen to learn more and got to understand a bit about how the art builds from the original piece as other artists put their tags on it, add to it or tear pieces away to become something new and ever changing. There is a whole world of artists and style to get to know and appreciate and I was glad to have the chance to dip my toe into this with such a great guide.

Armed with new ideas about shooting photos, how to give them more context and therefore tell a more interesting story, we headed out to the streets around the north of Brick Lane, an area famous for markets and edginess.  Immediately we saw an amazing array of art which I might have walked right past without stopping before the workshop. 

Below are my attempts at putting the workshop ideas into practice! Have a look through the gallery and see what you think (comments welcome). If you’d like to know where these artworks can be found, drop me a line and I’ll send you a map. Information about future workshops can be found here.


Local wildlife….



More local wildlife



The wall to the left says PRO….





Fancy zebra…
Love the figure in the window


Sometimes passing locals become part of the art!


Loved the contrast of colours

 Bye for now,

Star struck!

The highlight of last week was a trip to the Donmar Warehouse to see Dominic West, lately of ‘The Wire’, being interviewed. He’s an unassuming and amusing interviewee and the time passed all too quickly. He talked about his career, The Wire and his new play opening in a few weeks – a 16th century Spanish play called ‘Life is a Dream’ which is quite a contrast to 21st century urban Baltimore! Thanks to the intimate nature of the theatre we’d seen him walk past us on the way in and wondered if we might see him leaving. So after a few minutes, when the main crowd had left, Dominic came out and posed for photos. I would never normally do this but he was there and I was there so I asked and you can see the result…… What a lovely man!

We topped the evening off with drinks and dancing at Ronnie Scott’s upstairs bar to recover from all the excitement. It was a gorgeous sunny day and we’d been sitting outside Bar Italia earlier which is opposite Ronnie’s and enjoyed great people watching, Soho really is the place for this.

Yesterday I did part one of a photography course using East End markets as a way of learning more about taking shots of people and busy places to give a stronger impression of the character of somewhere. We wandered around Petticoat Lane and Brick Lane and although my photos weren’t as good as I’d hoped, it was fun and I’m looking forward to part two next week. Brick Lane had some amazing graffiti and here’s one photo that did just about work. It was fun to see the markets on a busy Sunday and we were all tempted by the wonderful food smells and extraordinary bargains- perhaps we will succumb next week.

Had a lovely lunch at Bloody French in Notting Hill – yes it really is called that! We chose the very authentic French Onion Soup and had a good gossip. Notting Hill is packed with high quality and interesting restaurants and I do my very best to work my way through them all!

Bye for now,