14 March 2015
Chris Mansfield is the first Bleeding Londoner to crack 3,000 streets for the project – a truly amazing achievement! Well done Chris!
We caught up with Chris and asked him about his Bleeding London experience.
I am amazed that I took the lead at all . It was quite late in the proceedings when I found the Bleeding London project.
I was originally going to just upload a few bits and pieces from my local area.
However once I started I realised this was a good way of getting some much needed exercise. I am retired from full time work and now just do a little part time photography for the Royal borough of Greenwich. I try to go off on a "streets" expedition at least twice a week and have lost a stone in weight over the past six months.
My usual routine is to plan ahead and mark my streets in the A to Z with a highlighter pen, then take the Train, DLR or car to my chosen area and start walking .. On a good day I can get 40 or 50 done .. bad days, about 20 .
The worst areas to do are modern suburbs where every street looks the same as the one before, it's so boring !!
I do find at least once a week that I get approached by people who seem concerned that I am taking pictures of their street. I have a few stock answers ready ......... "It's ok, I am just taking a couple of shots for the local estate agents, someone is selling up down the road "
A full explanation would take too long and I doubt many non photographers have heard of the RPS.
Lately I have taken to wearing a police style jumper with a couple of lanyards round my neck and a security badge .... by now I look a bit like a traffic warden and people tend not to approach me :-)
Lastly, a not so happy anecdote ...... Yesterday I was passing a primary school and saw a tennis ball come over the fence , so being a good old geezer I crossed the road, picked it up tossed it back over the fence. I turned away and immediately stumbled on the kerb edge and went down like a sack of spuds ... Camera hit the deck and I hit the camera!! The main impact was taken by the front edge of my 28-300 Nikkor which now has a crack and a dent where the filters screw on :-( Fortunately it is still functional and the D800 Camera body was unscathed.’
Images © Chris Mansfield
See more of Chris's work on his website.