Be genuine with questionable haircuts

As my stretch of employment in Camden Town comes to a close, I can’t help but get a little reflective about my time spent here. When I first started working in this famously rowdy district three years ago, it would not be a stretch to say that I was far from keen on the area. However, as I’ve gotten to know more about this odd little corner of North London, I’ve also grown a sincere affection for the place. In truth, a great part of me will miss the hoards of tourists who swamp the high-street with their selfie-sticks and questionable haircuts on a daily basis; watching the drunken fights on the canal; the smell of stale beer, piss and vomit in the streets on the way to work in the morning; the entirely overpriced and tat filled markets – which (admittedly) came in handy when I had to find a birthday or celebration present on the quick. Most of all, I will miss the incredible creativity that I’ve seen here, in particular, the hundreds of street art pieces and murals that I’ve had the pleasure and privilege to discover and photograph.

I should probably have spent this afternoon searching for a new job, but instead I took an hour to see if I could find any new works around town, and sure enough I wasn’t disappointed. As I was photographing the last piece in the gallery below, I happened upon a group of artists working on a mural in the Ferdinand Housing Estate. I told them that it looked to be coming along fantastically and that I couldn’t wait to see the finished piece. Thinking about it now, I probably won’t get an opportunity to see how it turns out. A saddening thought.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. I have fond memories of Camden from nearly 25 years ago when I was a student in London. This November, I will take my children to Camden and share those magical wonders with them.

    1. That’s great! There is certainly plenty to see there at the moment.

  2. lulu says:

    Street art adds such color to its surrounds. Fun!

  3. Pearl Kirkby says:

    We will miss all the fantastic street art you always managed to find and share with us…and I will miss keeping up with each new display that winds up on “that one wall”, there in Camden Town!

    Fair fortune to you?


  4. [J+D] Your description of Camden Town sums up everything we deplore and despise about urban life. And yet, ironically … we rather envy the almost casual creativity of the place. Tat-filled shops aside!

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