Well, How fortunate I am to live so near to The White Hart Pub in Chessington. I would not have said that in the past, as we seemed to get a lot of vomit, broken glass, noise (and even on one occasion someone walking over the top of our car in the middle of the night!).  I have always like the building itself though.  So there is some sadness over its disappearance.  While I write this, there is now only a very little part of it left. However, my proximity to the building has been a good advantage in my attempts to record some of the process of its demolition.

The processes involved in conserving paintings have been of great interest to me of late, but like any human being, (starting maybe from the first tower we build with our wooden bricks) the process of destroying what we have created has always had its own appeal!  Though I only started taking photographs of The White Hart last Friday, it is amazing how quickly the building has been taken down.  It’s been down with an amazing amount of care and skill, and I can’t pretend to be anything other than impressed.  While I wish I had started taking images right at the beginning of the process, I do have other images taken just recently after it closed down, and these include images before it was vandalised, so I am pleased about that.  I plan to work on the images over a period of time and hopefully exhibit them at some point.

While I am focusing on my painting over the next year, it seems that the appeal of the camera for me is now as a means of recording the present, (hopefully for future generations to be able to access).  I have also enjoyed the visual combination which exists in a damaged building…the presence of structure alongside brokenness.  

I will be posting images of  The White Hart Pub in Chessington gradually, (over the next couple of months)  both on a dedicated page on my website and also on my Flickr stream.

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary on September 11th 2010 of the John Lewis building in Kingston, John Lewis staged an Open Photography Competition, the subject being the John Lewis Kingston Building. My photographic work “Years Go By – John Lewis Partnership 2010” was one of 30 shortlisted photographs selected for an exhibition at “The Place To Eat” which is part of the John Lewis Kingston Building.  A very nice part too!  Especially last night at the Reception. A very interesting talk by Paul Koralek RA was followed by a delicious buffet and drinks. I enjoyed chatting to some of the other artists…it’s always very interesting to find out more about their images and what lies behind them. The standard was very high, and the exhibition looks good.  I am not sure how long it will on display at The Place To Eat right now, but I think it’s for a few months, so do pop along and see it if you are in the area. 

There is some more detailed information on the thinking behind this photographic artwork on my website www.jennymeehan.co.uk under the Photography section.  

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary on September 11th 2010 of the John Lewis building in Kingston, John Lewis staged an Open Photography Competition with the subject of the John Lewis Kingston Building. My photographic work "Years Go By - John Lewis Partnership 2010" was one of 30 shortlisted photographs selected=

"Years Go By - John Lewis Partnership Foundations 2010" which was shortlisted for the exhibition which is part of the 20th Anniversary Celebrations of the John Lewis Building in Kingston Upon Thames.

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