36 Reasons To Love Camberwell

36 Reasons Crusons
36 Reasons Crusons

36 Reasons To Love Camberwell

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36 Reasons To Love Camberwell is a personal snapshot of the places I love in Camberwell and visit. The criteria for inclusion was that I know the people in the photos and that I like visiting them. Cruson's has become the best known image of the series, and rightly so. Ari and Maria are icons of Camberwell and in Ari's own words- on seeing the exhibition being set up in the Hermit's Cave- he is the "King of Camberwell"!

Cruson's is part of a signed & dated limited editon of 36 (obviously!) in two sizes and is available either framed or unframed. The smaller print measures 35cm x 25cm, and the larger print is 50cm x 35cm.

Other images from the series are available from £75. Please contact me at hello@photosbytomtom.com for more details.

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The seed for this now iconic image from the series 36 Reasons To Love Camberwell started when I got to know the people in the United Superstore, or “Africa” as I know it*. I was walking down Camberwell Church Street on the way to Africa with my wife talking about doing a photo and we started to wonder what other photos I might do as well. I came up with a list of 36 places that I love in Camberwell, and a photography project was born.

(*I mistakenly called it the United Africa Store when I first went there)

I was also fed up of people moaning about how there was nowhere to shop in Camberwell, that it’s “all bookies, 99p stores, and nail bars”. Not only is this incorrect but even if it were true, it seems more of a middle-class gripe about how Camberwell isn’t like East Dulwich (thank God I say!) than a genuine reflection of the reality. There are relatively few chain stores in Camberwell (although they are creeping in) and yes, these independent stores may not look like boutiques, and may look a bit shambolic, but they are fantastic places to visit, with (mostly) lovely, warm and friendly people in them. I agree that the saturation of bookmakers has no place on the high street, but for the rest of them these are successful businesses and do very well thank you very much.