London Streets Vignettes, by Rocío Prieto Rodríguez

Close Up

Is not open and beckoning, but closed and twisted.  Only the back is visible.  A pentagon of whiteness buried in charcoal material.

The lens pulls back:  white shirt, tie, top hat.  The Bank of England in the background.  Hand putting away wallet, of course, yours, mine, everybody’s wallet.

Something natural, something unnatural

The Rosemary Works, a tiny wedge-shaped oasis of beauty next to the canal (I bet it’s Hackney!)

Brutal 1960s municipal architecture in the background, some remnants of industrial London to the left:  yellow brick, tall windows, just a smidgen of décor.

In the foreground, standing very straight, looking into the light, a Canada goose.  He owns the place, no doubt about it!

London ever changing/London never changing

Horses, horse-drawn carriages, gas street lamps, cobble stones.  Everyone is wearing a hat.  But the TO LET sign could have been put there last week.

(Farringdon St looking towards Holborn Viaduct, Charles Wilson 1890)

Something Poignant

His little face.  Knitted eyebrows, pouting mouth, cheeks inflated, his nose pushed down.

Mummy is looking up at him:  It’s alright, it’s alright!” her concerned expression says.

The house behind them is intact, the bomb fell quite close, but somewhere else.

About claire collison

Writer, photographer, creative facilitator, and breast cancer survivor, I am currently Artist in Residence at the Women's Art Library (WAL) My first novel was a finalist in the Dundee Book Prize, and my short stories and poetry have appeared in print and online. In 2015 I was awarded second place in the inaugural Resurgence Prize, the world's first eco poetry competition, judged by Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. This blog began as a space for words generated on my walking/writing workshops at the Mary Ward centre in Bloomsbury - Writing the City (WTC). WTC has since grown to include many other venues, including the Museum of Broken Relationships, the Barbican, the River Rom, Southwark Woods, Aylesbury Estate, and most recently, as part of Walking Women festival, An Intimate Tour of Breasts. I have worked with Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, as the recipient of the first Max Reinhardt Literacy Award, designing teaching resources; and for The Photographers' Gallery, helping school children develop visual literacy as part of 'Seeing More Things'. If you would like me to design a workshop or walk for you, please be in touch!
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