About the field notes
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About the field notes

A display of objects, texts and photos from a trip around London revisiting Formerly’s 14 locations.  • All the locations featured in Formerly were photographed in London between 2001 and 2010, mainly in the early part of the decade. In 2012, the book’s authors revisited each spot to see how it had changed. While Tamar … Continue reading

Note 1: Inch & Co Cash Chemists
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Note 1: Inch & Co Cash Chemists

Location: above 178 Kennington Park Road, Kennington, London SE11 • Ghost signs chart disappearances: family-run shops and reliable brands, long gone in the wake of global advertising. Vici has photographed hundreds, some now vanished with their demolished buildings. Inch & Co is especially difficult to spot, fading away, high on a side wall. We can’t … Continue reading

Note 2: Capacity
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Note 2: Capacity

Location: Capacity House, 2-6 Rothsay Street, Bermondsey, London SE1 • People only drive down Rothsay Street on a Sunday when they’re lost. We watch another car make a three-point turn, head back to Tower Bridge Road. The neighbourhood is a mix of the falling-down and boarded-up, low-rise council blocks, luxury new-builds. Capacity House is in … Continue reading

Note 3: Quickie Heel Bar
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Note 3: Quickie Heel Bar

Location: now House of Fashion and Mobile Accessories, 198 Southwark Park Road, Bermondsey, London SE16 • The Quickie Heel Bar has been replaced by the House of Fashion and Mobile Accessories, so jam-packed, goods spill onto the pavement (including two posters of a Breakfast at Tiffany’s-era Audrey Hepburn, model for ‘fashion’ rather than ‘mobile accessories’). … Continue reading

Note 4: Iron Urns
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Note 4: Iron Urns

Location: now refurbished arch units, 16-22 Raymouth Road, Bermondsey, London SE16 • This is the land of components, things salvaged. Nothing goes to waste. A dull array of scrap is on display at Northwood Taxi Parts. How do you make good a wreck, put it back together, erase the grind of metal? Here, they know … Continue reading

Note 5: Doors
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Note 5: Doors

Location: west side of Conduit Road, Plumstead, London SE18 • We are driving through the great expanse of South London, past police vans queued outside The Den, a sea of blue shirts on the pavement outside, past the pub advertising Elvis and Beatles Live Here. It seems we are driving forever, until Vici stops and … Continue reading

Note 6: The Rose
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Note 6: The Rose

Location: now Hand Car Wash, junction of George Street, Jude Street and the unsigned stub of Emily Street, Silvertown, London SE16 • It looks like Goswell Bakery has shut. I remember their sliced rye, its old-fashioned packaging. But Chan Brothers is still open for business. Across the way is the DLR, the spires of Canary … Continue reading