Seek, and ye shall find

Posted on March 28, 2012

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Interesting images can be found in the most mundane places.

One of the things I love about photography is the potential to take simple, everyday objects and showcase them in a whole new light – morphing ordinary into extraordinary, dull into luminous.

In my favourite little cranny of London – the green spaces and canal waterways of Bow and Mile End – there’s an abundance of hidden treasures to capture behind the lens. Vibrant, plant speckled barges perch atop murky canal water, exquisite flowers thrive in industrial wasteland and old Victorian terraced houses nestle between towering council blocks.

Tower Hamlets is one of the most poverty stricken and deprived boroughs in the capital. Yet I find it far aesthetically superior to the grandeur of affluent West London, and with the Olympics just around the corner I think thousands are about to discover my neighbourhood’s simple charm.

I often find, if you open your eyes, beauty lies in the most unlikely locations.


All images copyright Claire Shropshall

Rain splattered bench in Mile End Park

It could be Brighton beach, but in fact we're in a new housing development in Bow

Autumn leaves in Victoria Park

Rusty chain draped over canal boat - Regents Canal, Bow

Bumble bee caught in the act - Old Ford Road, Bow

There's no place like home, especially a-top a barge on Regents Canal, Mile End

Puddles can tell stories - Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Mile End

Algae on Regents Canal, Bow

Reflections off Roman Road, Mile End

Discarded trolley, Three Mills, Bow

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