I was out in Camberwell at the weekend, having a treat of drinks in the Hermit’s Cave and dinner at Caravaggio’s Italian. Both of these businesses feature in a series of photographs of the area by Tom Leighton, recently exhibited in the Hermit’s itself. Although it’s been ten years since I lived on Camberwell’s main street, many of the faces in the 36 portraits of local shop keepers, publicans and restaurateurs were delightfully familiar.
The one above is of the couple who run the grocer’s. Everything in little paper bags and flowers and plants for sale outside. The staff of the Sophocles bakery, a couple of doors down, are in the 36 too. If you know the men’s clothes shop called Italian Opinion, or have ever had a bacon sarnie at Rock Steady Eddie’s, then check out this lovely picture of a London village.