Photographer Dylan Collard has created this series of images, titled Up My Street, which capture a selection of north London’s more charismatic independent shop owners in their place of work.
The images are all shot on Junction Road, between Kentish Town and Archway, and are styled to capture the individuality of the traders. Shown above is Mr Mahmood from QuickSilver Dry Cleaners, and the series also includes the owners of various clothes shops, including a vintage wedding dress shop, as well as a Singer sewing machine shopkeeper.
Dawn and Mike from The Blue Carbuncle, a vintage clothing and collectables shop
Collard has lived in the local area for almost 15 years, so knows these stores, and their owners, well. “I have always been intrigued by local life around my home in north London and the shopkeepers in particular caught my eye,” he says. “They are the ones who give our high streets real soul and personality, which is why I wanted to make them the focus of my latest project.”
Liz from Elizabeth Avery Vintage Wedding Dresses
Michael from Blustons Fashions
Despite the personality and sense of the community they bring to the neighbourhood, a number of the shops in Collard’s images are under threat, with the Blue Carbuncle on a rolling contract due to the threat of redevelopment, and both that store and Elizabeth Avery Vintage Wedding Dresses hit by large rate increases that may push them out of the area.
Tony from the Singer sewing machine shop
Collard took these images using a classic 1920s Gandolfi camera. He is represented by Vue, and more of his work can be seen online at vue-us.com.
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