People of Camden Town

It’s been a busy week for me. My parents were in London for the weekend, we’ve had some family events, I’ve started a fantastic new job and it’s all pretty fabulously hectic right now. For today, I’ll pass you over to Graham F Kerr‘s for a few of his photographs of the brilliantly eccentric people of Camden Town. I haven’t been up there in quite a while, but these shots make me want to schedule in a visit. I do miss a good night out with live music at the Dublin Castle after a day of lounging by the canal in the sun (which seems to have disappeared again) and picking out a few treasures from the market stalls. So, here we go, to Graham:

The Spanish Girl with the beautiful eyes

Father Christmas on his day off........................... he has got my list

Feed the Birds , Tuppence A Bag


Mister rock and roll

The hands of Bob

How is your week going? What have you been up to? Any exciting plans for the weekend?

Graham’s Vivian Maiers Tribute, London Style

You may have heard the story of Vivian Maiers, the street photographer whose brilliance was discovered only after her death. It started when John Maloof bid for a box of her negatives at a Chicago auction and started to uncover some stunning images. She left 100,000 negatives behind, like this one:

Vanity Fair wrote that Maier’s work was a “starkly moving reminder of how powerfully we all experience our lives, largely in isolation.”

She was fascinated by the people who lived on the margins of city society, the homeless and the elderly, and she captured them on film, a secret obsession of a carer with a very private life who was without family or lovers.

In 2011, the Guardian ran an article on her, writing that “The people that remember Maier – the Chicago families for whom she worked as a nanny in the 1950s and 1960s – recall a reclusive, eccentric individual, one who spoke in a thick French accent and wore a heavy overcoat and hat even in the height of summer.”

Graham F Kerr, my favourite Camden photographer, started a tribute group on Flickr dedicated to photographs in the style of Vivian Maiers. He’s given me permission to share the following shots of his own that were inspired by her work, life and vision.

If you liked these, check out some of Graham’s other work I’ve featured on LLO. Add your own London photos to the Flickr pool for a chance to be featured.