London Docklands

I came to London at the end of 1979 and soon realised that the Capital's former industrial heartlands were about to change for ever. This was particularly so in the docklands areas and in 1981 the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC) was created to oversee their regeneration. The LDDC took complete control, created Enterprise Zones, built new infrastructure, such as the Docklands Light Railway, and administered a wholesale redevelopment process that led eventually to what we now know as Canary Wharf.

Following on from my northern industrial landscapes of the 1970s, began photographing London's disused industrial areas and have continued to depict their changing character to the present day. The earliest photos were taken on black & white film but in 1987 I started shooting in colour.