A Whistle Stop Street Art Tour around Camden Town
Camden seems to have become a bit of a hub of late for street art. Not that it hasn’t always been the ultimate creative hive, it just seems that recently there’s been a lot more going on.
So armed with the new fancy Nokia Lumia 1020 which I am testing out and taking a risk with a rapidly encroaching dusk the plan was to take as many pictures as possible on a whistle stop tour of an area, which despite being known for it’s cool vibe, I’ve not visited much.
With the expert guidance of Instagram’s Eastldngeezer and accompanied by fellow photography loving pal Fairy, the challenge was on to fight our way through the crowds on a busy Sunday afternoon in order to get some good snaps of some of the best street art in London. Given as I was also determined to test out the cameras ability to shoot in low light it was the perfect time to do so. Setting off at 3.30pm on cold November afternoon should give you an idea of the lighting challenges that we might otherwise be facing.
The likes of Gnasher, David Shillinglaw, 616, Benjamin Murphy, Alex Senna, Bailon, Dan Kitchener, Alice Pasquini and many others have added their mark to the area and although the volume of art isn’t as substantial as the East End, the quality is certinaly high enough.
So to see some of the best art around in Camden at the moment check out the gallery below. All snaps have been taken with the Nokia Lumia 1020 and some have had some alterations made within the Creative Studio feature which is pretty cool and gives some nice effects. None of the photos have used any form of flash and as per this post, the camera is able to cope incredibly well in some really tricky lighting conditions.
Gnasher Murals incredible John Lennon portrait on the side of the Oxford Arms on Camden High Street
Close up of a work by Dale Grimshaw hidden away on Haven Street near Camden Lock. This pic has edited using the colour spot feature on the 1020, the colour has been taken away leaving only the yellow sections of the original mural
A graffiti daubed car on Haven Street near Camden Lock again doctored using the colour spot feature which has left only the yellow
The first of many Amy Winehouse tributes in the Camden area. This one is by Otto Schade close to the Camden Stables Market
Next to the Amy tribute, Otto has also added this lovely Rhino
Part of Dan Kitchener’s ‘Liquid Lights’ series taking up a full wall on Hartland Road just off Chalk Farm Road
close up of some of the detail. He is a real master at creating this rainy day in the city type of effect
An incredible long standing and detailed mural from Kobra can be seen on Chalk Farm Road
A close up of one of the Geisha girls in Kobra’s mural
The detail on this mural is quite remarkable so no suprise that it’s lasted a while
A slightly edited version of Jimmy C’s mural at the Beatrice Pub on Camden High Street. This was edited using the colour spot feature in the Creative Studio
A fuller version of Jimmy C’s masterpiece
616 hasn’t done many full murals but when he does they are impressive. This is also on the side of the Beatrice Pub
Probably one of Mateus Bailon’s best works in London at the Beatrice Pub next to a piece from Dirty30
Brazilian artist Alex Senna and Benjamin Murphy also added their marks to the bars walls
Benjamin Murphy’s tape art on the window of the pub
A mural from David Shillinglaw also on the side of the pub, he doesn’t seem to have many works on the street around at the moment so it’s good to see this one
More 616 at the Beatrice Pub
A cheeky little tweeting bird on a wall in an alley at the back of the pub
Alice Pasquini’s lovely mural of a flower girl can be found on Plender Street on the side of the Alexander the Great Greek restaurant
This picture was taken in really low light quite amazing that it came out so well
Alice visited London earlier in the year and this is probably one of my favourite works from that trip, can’t believe it’s taken me this long to see it.
Around the Camden area there are loads of tributes to Amy Winehouse. Here is a little collage created within the creative studio feature of the Lumia 1020. It shows works from Otto Schade, Pegasus (on the side of the Earl of Camden pub) and Bambi on Bayham Street/caption]
For more areas where can see street art in London have a look at Street Art Brixton, Street Art Hackney Wick, Street Art Dulwich and Street Art Shoreditch.