The physical exhibition of my work take place sometime in the future when a suitable gallery space to replace the HIP Gallery in Hull has been found.
Wake up to London shows how the way we live, work and play is increasingly being compromised through the privatisation of space in our cities. It contrasts the computer-generated imagery on the development hoardings and the text found in the developer’s brochure: King’s Cross - A Photographic Essay with what I discovered on numerous walks exploring London’s Hottest Postcode N1C.
As you walk round the exhibition I would like you to think about where you are and what you see. Is it a utopia or is it something else?
Working in local government and finance through the 1990s opened my eyes to how regeneration projects are procured, designed and built and what can happen post-development.
The seeds of this project were sown during an Open City Architectural Renaissance Tour in May 2018. I found further inspiration in the Urban Photographer Gill Golding’s work on King’s Cross entitled ‘Welcome to the Fake’.
As the area develops, spaces become public, private or privately-owned public, changing their accessibility to all forever.
Hazel Bingham 2020
King's Cross A Photographic Essay
A world that begins or ends with trains or Paris.
A world where people live and work, stroll and play,
eat and drink or simply create amazing things.
This is the land of the Gasholders.
A land of diversity, of surprise, of delight.
At the heart of Kingʼs Cross are the restaurants and cafes,
the fountains and trees of Granary Square,
all fed by the width and drama of Kingʼs Boulevard.
A square and stage that is forever changing, evolving, performing.
This is a world where great books, scripts and scrolls hold hands
with art, with fashion, with dance.
It is the incubator of the future and the passion of unfettered talent.
Living a life rich with fingertips in the future.
A life of markets and meanderings, of undiscovered parks,
of delightfully revisited pleasures.
It is an amazing world.
A place brimming with international flavours; squares;
of shops and bustling, of concerts and community;
a place to potter, a place to enjoy.
A place connected by canal, of galleries and gardens,
of homes and families - a place to live, a place to love.