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Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta 2016 over the Isle of Dogs by L. Katiyo


Photo by L Katiyo

For those who enjoyed their Sunday morning lie in ( which includes myself ) , they missed a spectacular sight over the Isle of Dogs this morning. Fortunately regular contributor L Katiyo was on hand to take a few photographs as the Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta made its way over the Island and East London.


Photo by L Katiyo

The Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta is an annual event which sees fifty hot air balloons flying over London raising money and awareness for the Lord Mayor’s charity. The inaugural event in 2015 raised almost £80,000 for the charity and the event.


Photo by L Katiyo

Because it is so weather dependant, the Balloon Regatta is on standby on each Sunday throughout June and this morning was the first clear morning to allow the launch to take place.


Photo by L Katiyo

The launch site was Burgess Park in Southwark and the Balloons took off around 4:45-5am with a flight track to the east side of Tower Bridge north of Canary Wharf heading out towards Romford.


Photo by L Katiyo

Many thanks for L Katiyo for her early morning photography of a spectacular event which I suspect most of us missed.


Photo by L Katiyo

The Photography of Christina Broom at the Museum of London Docklands – 19 June to 1 November 2015


The Museum of Docklands is located in West India Quay within a Grade One listed converted Georgian sugar warehouse and has a large number of fascinating permanent exhibits, however they also have a series of temporary exhibitions on particular themes.


On the 19th June, the museum presents a new exhibition which looks at the life and work of an early 20th century female photographer, Christina Broom. The exhibition is entitled  Soldiers and Suffragettes: The Photography of Christina Broom and includes a wide range of her work, including Suffragette processions, First World War soldiers, official photographs of the Household Division and key London events, from the Lord Mayor’s Parade and royal coronations and funerals to historical pageants.


Although Broom is  considered to be the UK’s first female press photographer, she only began her photographic career in 1903 at the age of 40.  The injury of her husband in a cricket accident led Broom to turn to the photography trade  as a source of financial income. What made Broom’s work stand out from her female photographer contemporaries was that she became a sort of roving reporter taking to the streets to photograph newsworthy events.


What was extraordinary about Broom’s work was that although she was driven by commercial concerns using the photographs to make postcards to sell at her stall  at the gates of the Royal Mews in London, what she was actually producing was a unique visual record of the people, locations and events of the time. In her thirty-six year career she produced around 40,000 photographs .


Perhaps because of her commercial output, her photographic reputation has been ignored up to the present day, however this exhibition goes some way to rectify this oversight. In an age when camera’s were bulky and difficult to transport, Broom achieves a wonderfully high standard that was recognised even by the Royal Family.


A walk around the exhibition  offer glimpses into the past from pageants to funerals, parades to protests. Perhaps the most poignant are the servicemen from the First World War,  the fun and high jinks of the soldiers in the photographs is tempered by the fact that the viewer would understand many would not return from the front.

This intriguing and important free exhibition runs till November and is well worth a visit.


Last of the Tall Ships


Photo by L Katiyo

After the excitement of the Parade of Sail and the Greenwich Tall Ships Festival , life will slowly get back to normal and the river will seem strangely quiet and desolate.  I was very fortunate in my quest to report the activities of the last few days to have the assistance of regular contributors L Katiyo and Eric Pemberton.


Photo by Eric Pemberton

As one last feature on the Tall ships , I would like to feature some of their photographs that captured the once in a generation event.


 Photo by L Katiyo


Photo by Eric Pemberton


 Photo by L Katiyo


Photo by Eric Pemberton


Photo by L Katiyo


Photo by Eric Pemberton


Photo by L Katiyo


Photo by Eric Pemberton

Greenwich Tall Ship Festival Fireworks by L Katiyo


Photo by L Katiyo

With  the Greenwich  Tall Ship Festival coming to its conclusion today, it may be time to reflect on one of its highlights.


Photo by L Katiyo

Every night of the festival there has been spectacular firework displays  which have entertained the crowds.


Photo by L Katiyo

Regular contributor  L Katiyo  joined the crowds to watch Greenwich light up the London skies.


Photo by L Katiyo

Just a reminder that the festival finale , The Parade of Sail takes place today, when all of the Tall Ships that have come to Royal Greenwich for the Tall Ships Festival take to the Thames together .

The ships will gather near Maritime Greenwich at around 12 noon, before departing eastwards in the Parade of Sail along the Thames towards Tilbury from around 1.30pm.

  • The first ship will leave Greenwich at around 1.30pm.
  • It is then expected to cross Woolwich at about 2.30pm.
  • It can take as much as two hours for all the ships to pass a particular point on the river


Photo by L Katiyo


A. G. Linney photographs of the Isle of Dogs 1926 – 1935


Millwall Dock; Traffic queuing in the Westferry Road as a ship enters the Millwall entrance lock in September, 1926.

A few weeks ago I published a post about the photographs of Albert Gravely Linney who in the 1920s and 1930s took thousands of photographs  of the Thames and the riverside.

Albert Gravely Linney was a writer and journalist who in 1925 became  the first editor of the new Port of London Authority Monthly Magazine  which gave him full access to most of the docks and wharves along the river.

Wherever he went, Linney took his camera. He also published a number of books featuring stories and the history of the Thames,  his most popular books  being  Peepshow of the Port of London  and The Lure and Lore of London’s River .

In the following photographs we follow A.G. Linney on to the Isle of Dogs where he records views that would be drastically changed within the next ten years.


Street view in Ferry Road off West Ferry Road. Above the terraced houses the masts and yards of the barque Killoran can be seen under repair in Britannia Dry Dock.

A.G. Linney ,1928 (Museum of London )

 The name Britannia Dock dates from 1863,  The dock later formed part of the Millwall Iron Works . Too small to be financially viable in the 20th century it closed in 1935. The filled-in site became a timber-yard, known as Britannia Wharf.


Britannia Wharf near to Napier’s Yard on Westferry Road


Draw Docks: The Newcastle Public Draw Dock, Cubitt Town on the Isle of Dogs on 24th March, 1935.

A.G. Linney ,1935 (Museum of London )

Built as part of Cubitt’s initial development of the riverside in the 1840s, the Newcastle Public Draw Dock  still exists and has a Grade II listing, as have the four original bollards in the dock entrance on Saunders Ness Road.


Millwall: West Ferry Road, near Regent Dry Dock. 1926. View down West Ferry road near Regent Dry Dock, the masts of a ship visible over the wall at the end of the road.

A.G. Linney ,1926 (Museum of London )

Regent Dry Dock had a considerable history constructed between 1813 and 1817 on a site with a river frontage of some 200ft, in the 1860s the dock was expanded to accept two ships at the same time.

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Towards the end of the 19th century it was in decline , although occupied between 1916 and 1930, the dock was  filled in 1932 and the site taken over by Lenantons.

napier yard

Miscellaneous Views: A barge lying on the foreshore at the Napier Yard, Millwall, on 18th July, 1931. In the distance a large dredger is lying off the Royal Naval Victualing Yard at Deptford.

A.G. Linney ,1931 (Museum of London )

See the above map to see where Napier Yard was located.


Miscellaneous Views: An impressive shot of J.T. Morton’s Wharf at Millwall, on 8th May, 1932. A really excellent shot showing the barges lying on the chalk bedded campsheds beside the river wall.

A.G. Linney ,1932 (Museum of London )

Morton’s became famous in the 19th century for its canned and preserved foods. The Millwall factory was opened about 1872 and became one of the largest employers on the Island. Another claim to fame was that Millwall Football Club originated with a team formed by workers at Mortons in 1885.
At the end of the 19th century the Mortons riverfront was redeveloped which included the laying down of a barge-bed to facilitate loading and unloading.
In 1945 the company was taken over by Beechams who gradually run down the site which was virtually derelict until the 1980s when the site was redeveloped for housing and is now the location of the Cascades development.


Fighting a fire on a barge off Island Gardens, Isle of Dogs, on 28th August, 1930. The barge, in the centre of the picture, was loaded with copra. Firemen in brass helmets can be glimpsed through the smoke, standing on the barge.

A.G. Linney ,1930 (Museum of London )

London Bridges Past and Present

Hybrid Image: Lower pool with Tower Bridge under construction, l

Unknown photographer Lower Pool, with Tower Bridge under construction Glass lantern slide c. late 19th century © Museum of London

In recent weeks I have published a number of posts about London Bridges centred around the Bridge Exhibition in West India Quay.

As part of the promotion for the exhibition , the Museum of London took some of the photographs from the exhibition and added the modern view.

These then and now hybrid photographs are very popular at the moment, so I thought I would share some of the best ones.

What is perhaps most noticeable is that in the older photographs , that the Thames was a working river filled with ships and with cranes and warehouses dominating the riverfronts.

The modern photographs seem more dominated by the large buildings that have multiplied in the City in the last few years.

Hybrid Image: A windy evening on London Bridge, 1937, by Henry T

Henry Turner (active 1930s) A Windy Evening on London Bridge c. 1937 From Wordsworth to T S Eliot, the crowds streaming across London Bridge have always attracted attention. Turner was a photographer and General Secretary of the Empire Press Union (later Commonwealth Press Union). He made this image for E Arnot  Robertson’s book Thames Portrait (1937).© Henry Turner/Museum of London

Hybrid Image: Charing Cross Railway Bridge, late 19th century

Unknown photographer Charing Cross Railway Bridge Glass lantern slide c. late 19th century Taken from South Bank. © Museum of London

Hybrid Image: Tower Bridge framing the dome of St Paul's Cathedr

Albert Gravely Linney Tower Bridge framing the Dome of St Paul’s Cathedral c. 1930  Taken from the river, looking west. © Albert Gravely Linney/Museum of London

Hybrid Image: Southwark Bridge, 1935, by Henry Turner

Henry Turner (active 1930s) Southwark Bridge  c. 1935 © Henry Turner/Museum of London

Hybrid Image: Beginning the demolition of Old Waterloo Bridge, 1

Albert Gravely Linney  Beginning the Demolition of Old Waterloo Bridge c. 1934  Taken from Hungerford Bridge. © Albert Gravely Linney/Museum of London

Hybrid Image: Looking north across London Bridge, 1920s, by Geor

George Davison Reid (1871–1933) Looking north across London Bridge ) c. 1920s Taken from inside on the 5th floor of No1 London Bridge.  © George Davison Reid/Museum of London

Hybrid Image: Waterloo Bridge from Embankment, 1903-10, by Chris

Christina Broom (1863–1939) Waterloo Bridge from the Embankment c. 1903–10 Taken from the North Bank of the Thames. © Christina Broom/Museum of London

 Museum of London Docklands – Bridge exhibition

27 June – 2 November 2014,

FREE exhibition,

For more information visit  the Museum of London Docklands website here

Picture the Moment – The Photographs of Roxy Kapranos


Shadows (Paris)

One of the pleasures of writing a blog is that you find a lot of talented people who live in or are inspired by the Isle of Dogs. A few weeks ago I came across the work of Roxy Kapranos , Roxy is a local photographer who has lived on the Island for over six years and often uses local locations as the backdrop to her photo shoots.


Divers (Dubai)

Photography has been a life long passion for Roxy  and was often found taking pictures with her father’s camera as she was  taken around the ancient sites in Greece by her parents. She can still remember the excitement of returning home to the UK  and helping her father process the photographs in a small lab.


She still likes to take photographs in exotic places as illustrated by the photographs from Dubai and Paris.

Family L

However Roxy is really in demand for her portrait photography and family photography, although she does some conventionally posed photographs, her aim is to produce a more spontaneous and natural photographs. Her philosophy is based on that the more formal photography does not always allow for the sitter’s personality to come through and when photographing children especially you have to often get them to forget the camera is there and allow them to behave naturally.


To achieve this she will often travel to outside settings such as a garden or even Mudchute farm to make sure everyone is relaxed and she is better able to capture those moments that show the individuals personality and shows the interaction between different members of the family.


Roxy makes the point that even though many people have a camera, many families will have photographs where there is often an important member of the family missing ! the one taking the photographs.

It is often later in life when people realise they do not have many photographs of someone special to them.


This may suggest that it would be useful in having an outside photographer who can sometimes ensure there are at least some occasions that the whole family can be photographed together.

2nd Birthday

If  you would like to see more of Roxy’s work or find more information, visit her website here