Michael Cole

Two Streets Apart

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This Photo Story is about an area in Peckham, London SE15.

“Here are rows of Afro-Caribbean hairdressers bubbling with laughter and the ricochet and crack of gossip. Beyond  that is Rye Lane. It’s a vivid, scuffed place of saturated colours where normal everyday life is a spectator sport.”

Jay Rayner, The Guardian.

In his documentary- style photographs, Michael Cole has over the past six months Michael has been photographing both Rye Lane and Bellenden Road, London SE15,  ahead of a display of some of his work in the Annual Dulwich Artists Open House Festival.

The Artists Open house takes place over two weekends in May 2014. Michael moved into the area, living above a shop on Rye Lane in order to immerse himself in its daily coming and goings as he attempts to capture its spirit with key focus on daily life #Mundane #Banal and #Saturated Colours being some of the themes.

Vast changes have occurred in the past few years, both since the English riots of 2011 and the London Olympics of 2012, the area has gained much support and a rail transport infrastructure of a standard and comprehensiveness that would have defied  belief a decade earlier.

Two Streets Apart: Rye Lane and Bellendan Road, London SE15 | © Michael Cole

Two Streets Apart: Rye Lane and Bellendan Road, London SE15 | © Michael Cole

Two Streets Apart: Rye Lane and Bellendan Road, London SE15

Two Streets Apart: Rye Lane and Bellendan Road, London SE15 |
© Michael Cole

Two Streets Apart: Rye Lane and Bellendan Road, London SE15 |© Michael Cole

Two Streets Apart: Rye Lane and Bellendan Road, London SE15 |  © Michael Cole

Two Streets Apart: Rye Lane and Bellendan Road, London SE15

Two Streets Apart: Rye Lane and Bellendan Road, London SE15 | © Michael Cole