Pictures of Peckham
Views of London from Peckham
From tall buildings in Peckham, there are magnificent views from Peckham of the whole of central London and beyond. This is because the River Thames flood plain stops at Peckham town centre, and gives uninterrupted views. The land begins to rise to the east, west and south of Peckham. Here the views are of the natural contours of the land and the wonderful greenery that is stil there between all the buildings and in the streets, parks, gardens, and cemeteries. There are two tall buildings in the centre of Rye Lane which offer excellent vantage points for these views. One is the Bussey building [see below], adjoining the south of the railway track. The other is the multi-storey car park, [see below] here, on the other side of the rail track to the north. The roofs of both buildings are now being successfully used from time to time for cultural and entertainment events showing the huge potential there is for Peckham to utilise these views.
A Walk from Peckham Rye to Peckham High Street
Here are some pictures by Kamil M Janowski of Peckham's life today, walking from Peckham Rye Common and Park in south Peckham through Peckham Rye Village, to Rye Lane, past Peckham Rye station, along Rye Lane to Peckham High Street in north Peckham:
Documentary Photography: Rye Lane, Peckham by Tadhg Devlin
Tadhg Devlin says:
“Here are some photographs of an area in Peckham, South London, shown on the map in the first picture. These are part of my MFA in Documentary Photography which I am studying in Newport, Wales. There are plans to build a tram depot, which will be the size of four football pitches on the area marked on the map. The local council have said that this is derelict but there are in fact many artists' studios, an art gallery, performance spaces, and a number of small businesses and African churches, amongst other things. I started off doing portraits of the people and the space they occupy. Then I wanted to open the work up so started to work in the surrounding streets, working on streetscenes and details, some of which relate to the transcience of the city itself. I'm trying to look at a number of things including immigration, gentrification, regeneration, globalisation amongst other things.
I will be working on this over the next few months and hope to exhibit it on the streets of Peckham, close to the site towards the end of September.”
October 2008: "I am trying to explore what Jonathan Raban referred to as ‘the soft city’ – a city that involves the complexity of relationships and individual’s experiences, not only the physical space within a city but the psychological terrain created by its occupiers. ‘The city as we imagine it, the soft city of illusion, myth, aspiration, nightmare…. as real, maybe more real, than the hard city one can locate on maps, in statistics, in monographs on urban sociology and demography and architecture.’ "
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