Lockdown Loft Archive

Lockdown has provided an opportunity to sort through and scan pictures from my archive of negatives and transparencies, dating back to 1992, when I started work as a photographer at The Independent in London. Just opening the boxes brought back memories of evenings in darkrooms processing films and printing pictures, hoping for a good publication across several columns the next day. I shot this portrait within a few hundred meters of the Oval cricket ground in South London in the mid 1990s, on assignment for the newspaper. Families in these ageing terraces at Oval Mansions fought eviction for many years, leading to some ground-breaking legal cases - hence the interest from the media. Now the area has been "gentrified".