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Empire House: A Preservation Success

The renovated frontage of Empire House, August 2019

2019 in Whitechapel has been a disappointing year as far as the preservation of its heritage buildings. In March the fight to preserve the former Georgian public house, known locally as Tadman’s Corner, on Jubilee Street and Stepney Way was lost and the building demolished.  Work has begun on boarding up the former London Hospital Outpatients Building on Turner Street and it has been sold off with demolition impending. There is much angst about plans to alter the use and remodel the Bell Foundry. Many other smaller battles are being joined across the district in an attempt to stop the wrecking ball and the spread of bland ‘spreadsheet’ designed buildings.

It is therefore very satisfying to relate the story of a preservation success: Empire House, on New Road.

Pancras Square, Kings Cross

Entrance to Pancras Square (click for full size)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entrance to Pancras Square (click for full size)

As I entered the new Pancras Square built on the site of the once teeming freight hub of Kings Cross/St Pancras the light channelled into the view had a dense and highlighted quality which would have been normal in this area 50 years ago.

Louis Berk Photography Tours of Whitechapel and Spitalfields

Photography Tours of Whitechapel and Spitalfields

Interested in photographing Whitechapel but don’t know where to start? I'm now beginning my second year of successfully providing walking photographic tours of Whitechapel for photographic clubs, schools and Facebook groups.

Join Louis Berk for guided tours aimed at giving photographers a perspective on the rich photographic opportunities in and around Whitechapel and Spitalfields. Suitable for all ages and interests and backed up up by Louis Berk's knowledge of the geography and history of the area. 

Tours begin at the convenient transport link of Liverpool Street station and complete in Whitechapel close to tube and bus links. Tours can be arranged to suit dates and times.

Specialist tours which finish at the unique 'Whitechapel Oasis' in the old Jewish Cemetery of Brady Street are available for dates on a Sunday.

My tours are ideal for:

  • Group tours: ideal for camera clubs and Facebook groups
  • Specialist tours for schools, concentrating on spritual, moral, social and cultural development can also be arranged, drawing on Louis's experience as a secondary school teacher.
  • Private tours for individuals.

​Contact Louis Berk for a discussion of your requirements

 

Haworth and Bronté Country Gallery

The path to Top Withens, Stanbury Moor, West Yorkshire

In early August I spent several days in Haworth, home of the Bronté family and located close to the beautiful West Yorshire moors. I've now created a gallery of the photographs I took on this trip which can be viewed here.

Sunsets, Horses and Beach Huts

The East Winner is a sandbank off the coast of Hayling Island, in Hampshire - England, and at low tide it extends for a mile into the Solent - a stretch of water separating the South Coast from the Isle of Wight. When the low tide coincides with sunset a magical stretch of land appears for a short time and attracts walkers and horse riders. Visit my new gallery of photographs taken during my visit to the East Winner in July 2018.

"Walkers, Riders and a Ferry To France"
 

Whitechapel Eye - Photo Gallery

My new galleries are currently under construction but in the meantime you can view some of my photography at Flickr.

 

 

 

Taxi Kite: "You looking at me?"

Even though the LCD screens on the back of digital cameras have improved enormously, it is not always apparent what you have captured until you get a chance to process your photos and view them on a computer display. In this case I discovered that this Red Kite was checking me out as it spiralled lazily on the thermals above my head, taken in the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside. You can click on the photo to see it larger.

My best bird shot of the summer

In recent years I've started to take bird photography a lot more seriously and in mid-June I upgrade my Panasonic m43rds system by acquiring the GH5. Panasonic make a deservedly big noise about the video capabilities of the camera but I purchased it purely for stills and wildlife. In July I put it to the test during a break on the south coast of England photographing swallows. 

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