I’m a London-based photographer and writer. I’ve lived in London for the past 20 years.

I grew up just down the road in Essex and had various London haunts during my teenage years in the 80s – including Camden Market, Dingwalls, King’s Road, Hyper Hyper, Kensington Market, Pitfield Street (I worked in a bookies there)  and Liverpool Street Station. My lasting memories of travelling in and out of London or through London are of a very grimy Liverpool Street Station with a ‘knickers and nighties’ shop window being the only interesting thing to gaze at while waiting for trains that weren’t running or were inexplicably delayed.

So much has changed since then and some of it has disappeared. I hanker after those times – mainly because London wasn’t so busy. But I have not witnessed as much change to London as generations of my forebears who grew up (and lived and died) in the east end.

My grandad, who was born in King’s Cross and grew up in Forest Gate, used to drive us around London, shouting: “I know a shortcut”. And invariably we would end up doing three point turns as we discovered that the said shortcut was now one-way, closed off, had a building across the end of it or simply came to a dead end. And recently I’ve found myself doing exactly the same. I need a new A-Z every week!

My Dad doesn’t recognise areas of the City and Docklands that he worked in as a young man. Many of the homes my grandparents lived in have been demolished to make way for railways and offices. And the people change too. In the space of just a few years an area that was once run down and considered a slum, becomes gentrified, and once posh streets become run down and huge houses are turned into flats.

The transport changes too. Railway lines are closed and then re-opened, new Underground lines are being built, the buses have changed. I’m still mourning the loss of the Routemaster especially on the Number 12 route.

London is a city that doesn’t stand still for 5 seconds. It has been a home of migrants since the Romans 2000 years ago. My own family are descended from Huguenot refugees who came to England from France in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

I’ve always wanted to document the London that I know and love. So, with one eye on the ticking clock, I’ve finally decided to do it! I only wish I’d started earlier and taken some pictures of those 80s iconic places and people.

You can see my other photographic work at: nicolaalbon.com or find me on Facebook.

Nicola Albon

37 thoughts on “About

  1. I love your photo’s, London is possibly the best place to be for SP. I try to come up once a month…I really enjoyed reading about you too. I’ve added you to my blogroll, great work Nicola! : )

    • Hi Louise, Thanks for your encouraging words. I’m glad you like the photos. Having been in Dublin today, I’d agree that London is the best place to be for SP. Just the sheer number and variety of people makes it a great source of opportunity. I’ve subscribed to you blog and I’ll add it to my blog roll.

  2. Hi Nicky, So nice to meet you yesterday…I hope the remainder of your day in Dublin went smoothly and you saw a few interesting things.
    I love your photos of London, they really make me want to visit soon. Maybe you’ll post some of the Dublin streets.
    Anyway, do get in touch again if you are coming back to Dublin. Either way, hope you
    don’t leave it another 20-odd years to come back! xx Mary

    • Hi Mary,
      It was nice to meet you too. I went to the National Gallery to see the Caravaggio – so beautiful. I fell in love with a few Irish painters too. Thank you for the tip.
      I got some nice photos. I might have to start another blog!

  3. Hi Nicola

    Good news! I have nominated you for the Blog of the Year 2012 award because of all that you have done so far. See my latest posting for the rules of this award.

    Best wishes

  4. An excellent find, purely thanks to a reblog. I very much enjoyed taking my first trip around your site – some of the London sites you have captured really resonate with me and are so finely observed.

  5. sliceoflondonlife ,

    Thank you for “Liking” the post “Angel In The Sand” on my photography blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com.

    On behalf of the Through Harold’s Lens Creative Team, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we truly appreciate your enjoyment. We hope you continue to join us on our journeys.  

    Best Regards,

  6. Just a quick message to say thanks for following my blog. Today I reached 300 followers. i know that’s not much of a milestone for many bloggers, but I really do appreciate every single person who appreciates something about my photos or thoughts enough to follow my blog. I am especially happy when fellow photographers such as yourself follow – that is the greatest compliment. Thanks again!

  7. Hey Nicola, thank you for following my blog. I’m glad you did cos I can now follow yours! I really like your work. I too think London rocks for street photography 🙂

  8. Love your blog! Some really beautiful, evocative shots of London life. I have just started the PR for a photography school – the 36exp Photographers’ School @36exp and if would be great to have your thoughts about our site on FB and on Twitter.

  9. Thank you for visiting my blog and the follow!!
    I love London especially the museums, I try and visit whenever time (not as often as I would like though) permits. I really think your photographs tell a story……I will add you to my blogroll…….:)

    • Thank you! I know what you mean about time – there is never enough. I miss so much because there’s so much else to be getting on with!

      I’ll do likewise with my blogroll

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