Moving to Ealing Broadway last week has opened up a new part of London to me that I hadn’t explored before. Yesterday, we wandered around and discovered Walpole Park and, just near there, the Pitzhanger manor and gallery as well as the brilliant Farm W5, an organic shop with tasty juice.
But back to the gallery. There was a fascinating Magnum exhibition by Norwegian photojournalist Jonas Bendiksen. It explores isolated communities of the former Soviet empire – some desolate and unrecognised places, some full of organised crime and human rights abuses.
Bendiksen’s photos look at the areas of The Ferghana Valley, Nagorno-Karabakh, Transdniester, Abkhazia, Birobidzhan and the spaceship junkyard in Kazakhstan. As a photojournalist, he reaches for stories that are off the radar.
If you’re around the area, pop in and check it out. It’s free entry and definitely worth a look.