Wandering in Wapping

As anyone who has visited this blog regularly will know, I do rather like old buildings, preferably showing some signs of dilapidation and decay, the better to give a sense of the lives they have led…

I have been doing some sorting recently, and attempting to digitalise gazillions of slides and negatives (this is a weighty project ad one that I suspect will never be completed).

Imagine my delight the other day when I came across some images I had taken during a wander around Wapping in the late 1990s which I thought had been lost! Very atmospheric. Alas, not taken with my wonderful Nikon FM2 and Nikon glass on 35mm slides, only a little Konica compact film camera loaded with colour negative film, but it did turn out some reasonable results.

So today I present Wapping High Street……1998.

Wapping High Street

Wapping High Street

More to follow in the shape of whopping Warehouses of Wapping! And I hope to get back to that area soon, to see what remains….


  1. I really like the photo, but am more excited for you that you found what was lost 🙂

  2. Such a great composition with the broken bricks at the foreground and that sign being the focus amongst the broken wood and green moss. It just oozes decay and neglect and damp…though I do have to wonder about that satellite dish and what looks like a hangman’s beam! Eerie photo Sue and well executed.

    • Thanks, Jude… I like well-executed! The foreground is actually the shore of the Thames.. hence all the green slime on that wood. The hangman’s beam is a loading beam for the warehouses, I’m sure, and the satellite dish is the late 20th century arriving in this area…

  3. That works really well Sue – the red and green are perfectly matched

  4. I love old, abandoned buildings also. Looking forward to future postings!

  5. vastlycurious.com

    That is such a cool picture!

  6. I love these kind of happy discoveries! What a great photo. 🙂

    • Thanks, Lisa! It was a bit of luck happening on this, and when I found this image again and scanned it in, 15 years later (!), I gave it a bit of tinkering to bring out the decay…

  7. Wonderfully atmospheric, Sue. I imagine you could have fun “digitising” this one too 🙂 (I’m always “going to” but it’s not where my interests really lay)

  8. Colour print film……Lovely stuff….. In some ways I used to prefer it to colour slide…
    I think I might just have to give it a bash again.

  9. This is an amazing shot! The first word that popped to my mind was ‘Execution’ too! 🙂

    • D’you know, I had completely forgotten I had taken this, until I found the negs the other day! I think it shows my affinity with abandonment, decay etc, so not sure what that actually says about me!!!

  10. This is a great shot, interesting subject well composed.

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