Lenses of Croydon: where local photographers are doing it for themselves

Posted on August 22nd, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

What do you do if you can’t join ‘the club’? Set up your own club!

Lee Townsend is a professional photographer, part-time degree student, author, workshop facilitator, social activist and founder of Lenses of Croydon and the Croydon Photography Forum. But the journey to achieve this wasn’t always easy.

Knowing from a young age that he wanted to work in photography, he bought a camera and … Read More »

Review: Croydon Peace Festival 2018 – Who Keeps The Peace?

Posted on June 27th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 3 comments

A new exhibition by local photographer Rob Wilson Jnr, running in the Museum of Croydon until 15th July, asks what does peace look like?

“Insightful.” “Inspiring.” “Power to the people.” “The peace that comes from inside.”

These were some of the comments heard around the entrance space to the Museum of Croydon in the Clocktower earlier this week. The occasion was the soft launch of Croydon … Read More »

Event review: Thornton Heath Arts Week’s photography walkabout

Posted on July 31st, by Hannah Oliver in Culture. No Comments

Hannah Oliver on photography, community and true camera-derie

On Sunday 19th July, Lenses of Croydon camera club collaborated with the Friends of Thornton Heath Rec, in a photography event infused with community promise.

I found the group in the Edible Garden after an awkward and brisk gander (late) through the wrong gate of Thornton Heath Recreation Ground. With hindsight, I should have looked more emphatically for those … Read More »

‘Their soul is in their work’: images of a Croydon community and the businesses that sustain it

Posted on August 6th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

An exhibition of photographs by Dorin Spoiala captures the working life of a neighbourhood in central Croydon

Dorin Spoiala (whose full name is Ion Dorinel) is originally from Romania, where he owned and ran a print shop. This awakened his interest in those living the same life of small business ownership – the people who make a local community economically stable and successful.

His … Read More »