Flush with my success at the local photography competition, I have thrown my heart, soul and camera into the “Bleeding London” project.
Bleeding London is an attempt to collect photos of every single street in London, for an exhibition in 2015. They need lots of volunteers, because there are 73,000 streets. Yes, that’s 73,000 roads, streets, avenues, mews, places, closes, terraces, ways, lanes, circuses, parks, hills and crescents etc, all listed in a street atlas called the “London A-Z”.
Did I mention Groves?
As usual, I have been making plenty of mistakes along the way. This is what I’ve learned so far.
TOP TIP No.1
Try to remember where you are. The Bleeding London rules don’t require every photograph to include an image of the street name, but they suggest that we take shots of street signs for our (and their) records. You’d think I would follow that advice, wouldn’t you? But after two hours walking in the sun, I still ended up with images of unidentified streets. Any Hampstead people out there know this road?
TOP TIP No.2
Don’t try to do this alone! The idea for the project was inspired by Geoff Nicholson’s novel “Bleeding London”, in which a character named Stuart London walks the complete length and breadth of London. In real life the organisers are hoping that hundreds of people will take part. I’ve been splitting squares of the A-Z with another photographer called Mike, and we’ve covered a lot of ground in quite an organised way.
Now I know how the postman feels delivering mail on Hampstead’s hilly streets.
TOP TIP NO.3
Do what Google doesn’t. Sometimes my images just show the road itself, or a building, or the street sign. But it’s better to take time to capture something more than just the “street view”….maybe even a World Cup view.
HOW TO TAKE PART IN BLEEDING LONDON
Click here for the Royal Photographic Society website for the Bleeding London project.
Only images taken after 7th March 2014 are eligible, and the aim is to cover the whole of London by the end of October. Click here to see images that have already been submitted to the project. By the end of June, 8000 images had been uploaded.
If you are visiting London this summer, why not take a photo and submit it to Bleeding London? If you work in London, why not take photos of two streets around your office? And if you happen to live in the “IG” or “RM” postcode districts, why not take photos of five streets near your home – the organisers will love you for filling in the gaps!
You can also follow the project on Twitter – @bleedinglondon – and on Facebook.