Introduction by Vici MacDonald
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Introduction by Vici MacDonald

Photographer Vici MacDonald on the development of her collaborative project with poet Tamar Yoseloff • I’ve always been transfixed by typography, and as soon as I got a camera in my hands – one of the many great revelations of art school – I started taking photos of lettering I liked, which tended to be … Continue reading

Map of the locations
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Map of the locations

A Google map showing where each of Formerly’s photos was taken, enabling readers to revisit the sites that inspired the sonnets  • Locations are numbered in the order of the sonnets, with nearest transport links given. 1: Capacity Rothsay Street, Bermondsey, London SE1 Tube: Borough or London Bridge 2: Doors Conduit Road, Plumstead, London SE18 … Continue reading

Photo 1: Capacity
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Photo 1: Capacity

Capacity House, 2-6 Rothsay Street, Bermondsey, London SE1 • Vici MacDonald on the Capacity photo: “Capacity House, in this wonky, once-modern lettering, struck me as an odd and melancholy name. Crammed down a narrow side street near Tower Bridge, in 2002 this had been a mailing house for over 30 years. Ten years on it was … Continue reading

Photo 2: Doors
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Photo 2: Doors

Conduit Road, Plumstead, London SE18 • Vici MacDonald on the Doors photo: “Up the hills behind Woolwich rise terraces of endlessly variegated stock housing, served by several evangelical churches and a Sikh temple. Conduit Road boasts a row of slim terraces decorated in wildly different styles, a dividing line at each doorway. Despite an intinerant … Continue reading

Photo 3: Flat Iron Square
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Photo 3: Flat Iron Square

Union Street, Southwark, London SE1 • Vici MacDonald on the Flat Iron Square photo: “These faces were fly-posters I found on a hoarding in Flat Iron Square, which in 2001 was a weedy wedge of derelict warehouses in an SE1 backwater. It’s now being smartened up to match the neighbouring Shard, with neat hoardings boding … Continue reading

Photo 4: Inch & Co Cash Chemists
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Photo 4: Inch & Co Cash Chemists

Side of 178 Kennington Park Road, Kennington, London SE11 • Vici MacDonald on the Inch & Co Cash Chemists photo: “Old painted ads like this are known as ‘ghost signs’, and they have a keen following on the internet. Unchanged in the decade since I photographed it, this one has survived due being on an … Continue reading

Photo 5: X-Zalia Night Cure
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Photo 5: X-Zalia Night Cure

Popham Street (side of 78 Essex Road), Islington, London N1 • Vici MacDonald on the X-Zalia Night Cure photo: “Another unchanging ghost sign, this time in a frame; I was attracted by the fugitive, mixed-width type. X-Zalia was a cure-all popular in Edwardian times, so the shop it’s attached to must once have been a … Continue reading