We Are Loughborough Junction

Portrait in the We Are Loughborough Junction Exhibition

Hello all, my name is Joe and I have previously written a post on this blog and am delighted that Peter considers me up to the job and has allowed me back to make a further contribute during his absence.

On Saturday I went to see  We Are Loughborough Junction, an exhibition of black and white portraits of Loughborough Junction residents taken by local photographer Conor Masterson. What made this particular exhibition different to most is that the images are displayed outdoors on the sides of houses, on railings and for sale sign boards around the local area.

There are a total of 169 portraits in all, I managed to see 167 as 2 of the photos had been removed by over zealous security guards from a derelict site on Coldharbour Lane who were unaware that the event was taking place. The size of the portraits vary from 16 inches (40cm) to around 8 feet (2.5 metres), some containing individuals and some containing families or groups.

I happen to know Conor but I don’t think I’m being biased in saying that the photographs in the show are fantastic and, for me at least, the project was a real success in terms of concept and execution. Viewing the portraits on the streets made them not only accessible but much more resonant than if they had been hung in a gallery.

I thought this was a really exciting community project  and thanks should be extended to all involved including Paul Adlam, Matt Matterson as well as Conor along with the Loughborough Junction Action Group and SE5 Forum and The Sun & Doves for providing the maps.

We Are Loughborough Junction Portraits

You can still see the photos which will remain on display until this Friday, 19th of February. I’d recommend printing out a map of the exhibition route although you may have to hurry as, according to Conor, 3 pictures have been removed or stolen.

It’s a busy week for the Arts in Loughborough Junction as Friday also sees the opening of the new Whirled Cinema which, according to their website, is a 60 seat cinema featuring HD projection and surround sound, along with a fully licensed bar and even an outdoor balcony.

The South London Press is also reporting that there is to be an investigation into the three huge fires in Camberwell and Peckham in the last 8 months. According to the BBC the investigation into the Lakanal House fire will not be complete for two years.

On a personal note I’m really looking forward to the opening of The Tiger (formerly the Silver Buckle) on the 25th. Having patronised The Sun & Doves, The Hermits Cave, The Joiners Arms and The Grand Union at the weekend as well as The Phoenix, The Castle, Le Petit Parisien and The George Canning in the last couple of weeks I’ll be well qualified to offer a comparison of local boozers.

112 thoughts on “We Are Loughborough Junction”

  1. Hello Everyone,

    JamesJ — Excellent work, I will try and enlist support from all the Green Councillors in Herne Hill Ward (I live in SE5 but come under them) They will be extremely enthusiastic too…Rebecca Thackeray is already on Lambeth Council and George Graham and John Hare missed out by a whisker in the last local election (37.3% Labour v 36.7% Green)…Remember we need to engage Lambeth Council as well as Southwark…They have a major say too as the location of bingo hall is practically right on the boundary of both…

    Monkeycat/Tom — Will be there at 2.00pm tomorrow for SLP Photocall…Superb Work…Thank You for your efforts

    Hannah M — If you look at the favorites on the facebook webpage you will see I already have a link to Walthamstow END Cinema Campaign — It’s a good suggestion though and I urge everyone to support their campaign and ask them to support us in return…

    I don’t want to get anyone too over-excited but…I may well have a contact (almost a direct link) to someone who works on the ENB Board…but I will have to write a very charming and flattering letter and ask my dear mother for a favour…but there may be a good chance indeed — I’ll let you all know in due course!

    Any chance we can meet again later this week?

  2. Anybody want to volunteer and become an assistant admin for the Facebook “Cinema for Camberwell Campaign”?

    It would be helpful to have 2 or 3 assistants to keep on top of things and update and report information A.S.A.P…

    Thanks Victor

  3. How many places of worship would that make on the west side of Camberwell Road? There is the Methodist Church opposite Burgess Park at the northern end of the road. The new Mosque on the junction with Wyndham Road, and several smaller churches by Camberwell Green. No one would object to any of these in isolation, but it is inappropriate for places of worship to dominate the whole street. It doesn’t serve the requirements of the community, and it doesn’t reflect the ambitions for Camberwell in the Southwark Plan which are focused on supporting local businesses and promoting the cultural and artistic reputation of Camberwell.

    The former ABC cinema had over 2000 seats. A Church of that size would be completely out of proportion for the area. It would only serve the tiny minority of the population who are members of that particular Church, and many of these would be travelling in from other parts of London adding to the congestion on local roads.

    We need to work hard to oppose this change of use planning application to ensure that Camberwell continues to thrive as a rounded community with retail outlets and cultural facilities as well as religious organisations.

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  7. JJ’s is reasonable value, but not great for vegetarians. It’s okay, I guess.

    Sounds like much better for meat eaters.

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