I have lived in West London all of my life and since taking photography seriously in the last year, I am discovering my neighbourhood all over again. One of my intentions was to do some Street Photography down Portobello Road and the famous Market Place.
Last week, I clocked a two hour walk down Portobello Road and it was breathtaking and highly educational - I never realised how long Portobello Road actually is. I would say it is easily over a mile and a half, if not two. I walked from my home to Goldbourne Road and then the adventure began. Being it was a hot day, people were out and about, the street vendors were in good spirits which made my approaching them and conversating with them a great joy.
This charming couple have had their stall on the streets for the last four years. What made me stop and talk to them was this shot:
This moment was a perfect conversation opener - "Do you remember the Love Boat TV series back in the 1970s". They were very friendly and we had a good laugh, I introduced myself and told them I am a photographer and photojournalist and I and doing a project on community life in West London. They consented to my request to take their photograph which I am grateful for.
One of tings I found fascinating was how enterprising people are with their different businesses, selling all manner of items, my immediate thought was, this is a card boot sale on steroids. The images below should give you a sense of this vibrant area of London.
Rest assured, I will take another walk along the Portobllo Road in the next few weeks to see what else catches my eye.
©Mike Vincent Photography 2015