Cafe Art photo contest next month!

The Cafe Art Photography Contest is next month so we thought we should whet everyone's appetite by showing another 44 of last year's photos that appeared on the Photo Wall at Spitalfields Arts Market! (see the top 20 here) On 3 July, with the support of The Royal Photographic Society, 100 single-use cameras will be handed out again from the Crypt of St Paul's Cathedral, and the participants will have 5 days to take photos with the theme 'My London'.


Bike man by Urial Lopez. 'This guy is Richard. He has a shop on Brick Lane and he sells and fixes bicycles. Three or four generations in the same family.’

Brown Door by Wayne Goodman. ‘This one of a dustbin door reminds me of an old mate of mine. He used to specialise in sleeping in these areas. He used to refer to it as a cubby hole [laughs]. So that’s what caught my eye about that one, including the shadows.’

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City view by Christopher Orlowsky. Chris had many paintings exhibited in cafes with Cafe Art.

Clapham pond by Ejiro Ewierhoma. This is the pond in Clapham.’

Coffee break by Kathy Cameron. ‘This is a couple I just caught talking on the steps wiling away the day.’

Drain by Andre Rosant. ‘So much of what happens in London just goes down the drain. So many people’s dreams, so many hopes, so many aspirations, and so much physical rubbish just goes down the drain in London.’ Andre sells the Big Issue in Poland Street, Soho.

Frozen Dreams by Shakeela Ramchaitar. Frozen dreams for frozen minds, lamppost and CCTV in operation sign and I thought it was quite cool.’

Goat statue by David Stark. ‘That’s the statue of the goat in Bishopgate Square. It always catches my eye when I’m down that way. It’s a great sculpture I think.’ David goes to Crisis.

Golden Lane Estate by Beatrice‘That the Golden Lane estate. A mas- sive tower block and I just love the yellow against the blue of the sky.’ Beatrice does art with SHP.

Happy by Sana M. Amos. ‘The Happy one is on nearby shops. Someone painted over the Y. It’s some sort of typo that is known. The artist does this sort of style. And these are shops that are closed on the main road near Commercial Street. The shops are closed.’ Sana goes to Providence Row.

Homes not Jails by Giulia Gorlier. 'This house was a squat protesting the lack of housing in London. We knocked on the door but no one was home. The house had signs to the side saying happiness, security and peace.’


Hungerford Bridge by Jo. 'This is Hungerford Bridge going from Royal Festival Hall towards Embankment. It was in the evening when the sun was setting.’ Jo had a similar photo to this one voted for by the public to go into the 2015 My London calendar (November).


James by ROL. ‘The guy is not smoking because he’s indoors. His name is James. He’s an artist as well.’ ROL does art with Art Fitzrovia.

Justin and Beefer by Lou Danby. ‘This is Justin with his dog Beefer in front of McDonald’s.’ Lou does art at Crisis. She had two photos in the 2015 My London calendar.

Life-ring, St Paul’s by Christopher Orlowsky.

Lion fountain by Aaron Little. 'This one is one of my favourites because I quite like the fact that we have St Paul’s but I haven’t focused on there. There’s a nice big tree in front so it kind of obscures it however you can see there’s a fountain in the... you can see the Iconic image of a lion having the water spurt out of it’s mouth. I thought it was a bit obscure even though I blended them to show it is London I still wanted to look at the bit of waterfall.' Aaron does art with Crisis. His photograph of Blackfriars Bridge is June in the 2015 calendar.

Mad hatter by Mary Vallerly. ‘This is two gentlemen I captured in Camden Town on the first day of the contest.’

Man and his dog by Anthony Bent. Anthony does art with SHP.

Mural by Urial Lopez. ‘I went to Brick Lane. I find it interesting the way the guys were painting the graffiti mural. I like the way they play with the colours. It’s almost three dimensional.' Urial goes to Crisis

Nelson's Column by Brian Dale. Trafalgar Square by Brian Dale. ‘This is where I used to sleep rough.’


Pathway by Ejiro Ewierhoma. 'This pathway is in Barnes.' Edgier was homeless and attended the art group run by St Mungo's Broadway before being housed.


Pillar box by David Tovey. 'The pillar box was on Commercial Street: I like the shapes, the old the new and the grafitti.’

Portrait by Arantxa Vinardell. 'This is a man I met in the church. His face was really interesting.’ Arantxa makes puppets at Crisis. Another of her photos is January in the 2015 calendar.

Rainbow and the BT Tower by ROL. It was a very hot day and suddenly it started raining. The rainbow appeared. I was hoping there was going to be a rainbow and that’s when I looked around and there was a rainbow and I thought that this could be a nice photography shot.’

Rastafarian by Richard McLeith. This is an elder Rastafarian. He is a very interesting guy, he was telling us about the history of Brixton and stuff.’ Richard goes to an art group run by SHP.

Reza by Joe Kitson.Reza in the gallery, by Joe Kitson, St Mungo's Broadway, Kings Cross.

Rockers or mods? by Giulia Gorlier. ‘This is this the mayor of London on a bike.’

Ropes by David ToveyRopes down on the Thames.' David was homeless and is a client of Crisis and St Mungo's Broadway.

Ropes on the Thames by Christopher Orlowsky. Christopher does art with Holy Cross Church Trust near King's Cross.

Shadows by Giulia Gorlier. These are friends of mine.

Southbank by Kathy Cameron. ‘This chap was on South Bank and he’s obviously the worse for wear. Long live South Bank! I rather like the [pose] he struck for me.'

Street art by Shakeela Ramchaitar. ‘This is near Great Eastern Street. Drawn in by the colours.’

Street musicians by Mark Brooks. 'This was one of 5 photos I chose to represent parts of London that I feel an affinity with. I’ve taken some photographs of Camden and markets, musicians, a clock, a famous department store in London. I think it kind of sums up where I’m at and the places that I go to and you know like the pensiveness of the girl looking at the sunglasses and the street musicians and time represents my time when I’m taking the photographs. Selfridge and Co: because it’s a famous department store. Oxford Street, Camden and Chelsea. They’re just parts of London that I live in. It’s a reflection of where I go.’

Subway by Mango. ‘The subway one is... that’s just me all over. That’s between Sheperd’s Bush and Lattimer Road as well, by Westfield. That’s my old passage. That subway’s been there since I was a kid and when they built the Westfield they didn’t change the subway. They filled in all the other subways around but left this one and as you come out my local pub’s up there. We used to spraypaint that subway so it’s got very fond memories for me. When I came out of the light into the darkness it sort of kept it dark inside the tunnel... I was trying to play with them cameras – they’re not easy to play with!’

The Gherkin Building by Aaron Little'This one is of the Gherkin building. Not only did I have to stand on a wall and shoot upwards but I had to make sure the security didn’t come and grab me away from actually taking this shot. I like the contrast of the curve of the Gherkin along with the [lamppost] at the side.'

The rainbow by Tagzee. Tagzee is an active painter with work online and in cafes around London. He goes to Crisis.

The Tower by Tawa Babalola. Tawa says this is the 'Tower of London from the other side of the river'.

Tour de France 1 by Simon Denis. The Tour de France. I waited a long time to get these! It seemed like an hour. When you’re waiting and everyone else is waiting for the cyclists to come. It poured down with rain. It was a nice hot day and I was expecting it to be dry I suppose! When it rained, it really rained quite heavily. I think it helped with the effect on the photos I got. I crouched down low and took a series of photos as they came through. It was worth waiting for I guess.’

Tour de France 2 by Simon Denis. Simon attended the art group run by The Connection at St Martin in the Fields.

Tour de France by John Allen. 'Tour de France shots taken in Epping Forest. Whipps Cross. I didn’t think they would come out – I’m amazed! I couldn’t see what I was photographing because they were going by in seconds!'

Tour de France by Maya Simeon. I thought it was very unique that the 'The Tour de France was coming to London. I waited about two and half hours in the rain for that shot!’

Tree art by Brian Leach. ‘At Kew Gardens themselves they had an exhibition about wool and they decorated these trees with woollen quilts.' Brian goes to Holy Cross, Kings Cross.

War of the cranes by Wayne Goodman War of the cranes by Wayne Goodman. I chose this one because it reminded me of War of the Worlds: This is “War of the Cranes”.’

Wrapped fruit by Mango. ‘I just liked the light that day and the shadows and it was really distorted. It was near sunset and you couldn’t really tell when it was and I thought it kind of looked like cobbled streets even though it was wrapped fruit!’ Mango goes to the art group run by 240 Project, Lancaster Road.

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