Note: You can now find me at: City of Strangers
Notes from the margins . . .
I am a writer, amateur photographer, and occasional film-maker. I started this blog in London, England almost two years ago. My ambition was to record what little of the city I had known in the 80’s below the hyper-capitalist/ gentrified and ultimately boring ‘world city that London had become. However, I left London shortly after, the stock market crashed . . . and then I came back to New York.
I’ve lived in New York off and on from the late 80’s until 2003. It was home, not home, a place I wanted to escape from then missed so badly when I was away I couldn’t stay away. New York. Since then, I’ve drifted in and out, seen the city change on the surface, but never stayed long enough to understand what was going. For the last year I’ve been trying to understand the beautiful city again, note the changes, remember what was, and try and figure out where the city is going. This blog is about that journey back into the city.
It is also partially about my journey back from the fog. One of the main reasons I left New York in the early 00’s was due to a calamitous injury which left me in a marginal state that lasted years. In a very real physical, financial and economic sense the 00’s were my lost decade. So now, peering out of the fog, I am trying to figure out where I’ve been, and what happened in my absence.
I try and post a couple of times a week, depending on time.
You can also check out my other blog Live From the Heygate which is about London’s Heygate Estate and the Elephant and Castle regeneration. The Heygate and the Elephant are a good example of the many marginal areas I’ve lived in which are going through massive changes and will likely be unrecognizable in years to come.