Bleeding London

An exhibition inspired by Geoff Nicholson’s Whitbread short-listed novel, Bleeding London, in which the main character walks every street in the capital. Over the past year, hundreds of Londoners and visitors have followed in his footsteps, walking the 58,000 streets of London and photographing them all.

The Bleeding London Exhibition

The first major exhibition from the Bleeding London Project was displayed at City Hall from the 9th July until 4th of September 2015.

The project and exhibition organised by The Society's London Region, was inspired by Geoff Nicholson’s Whitbread short-listed novel, Bleeding London, in which the character, Stuart London, walks every street in the capital.  Over the past year, hundreds of Londoners and visitors to the capital have been following in Stuart’s footsteps, walking the 58,000 streets of London and photographing every single one.

Author, Geoff Nicholson, has supported the project from its inception and has even contributed a number of photographs himself.  When asked about the exhibition, he said: “I think all novelists want to be multi-media artists, and this really is a dream come true.  One of my books has been turned into a movie, another into a piece for radio, but a photographic exhibition inspired by my novel – that’s very special indeed.”

The photographs illustrate the exhilarating diversity that constitutes the fabric of the city – from the iconic sights to the lesser-known backstreets of the suburbs.  The participants have been just as diverse – from professionals with top-of-the-range kit to those picking up a camera for the first time.  And, unsurprisingly, a significant number of the photos have been taken on phones.

The images will be used to create an electronic archive of inestimable social and historical value. 1200 images from this remarkable project have been on display at City Hall in an exhibition curated by Jonathan Taylor (with help from the Bleeding Londoners).

The Exhibition is sponsored by Quilter Cheviot Investment Management. The Bleeding London project was organised by the RPS London Region and supported by Olympus, A to Z, Bob Books, The Nikon School and Shutterstock.

For enquiries contact London Regional Organiser, Del Barrett ARPS london@rps.org 

Image of bridge © Will Cheung FRPS

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