London Ends: Photographer captures the forgotten edges of London
In his series London Ends, German photographer Philipp Ebeling leaves behind the landmarks of the capital's historic centre to explore the places where the city ceases to be a city and becomes a collection of amalgamated villages that are sleepy, yet full of life.
Speaking of his fascination with the city fringes, he explains: "Coming to London from a small village in Germany, I was both overwhelmed and bewitched. I felt compelled to know every last corner of the place, to understand it as fully as I could.
"For years I crisscrossed the city on my bike, finding new routes to places, exploring new neighbourhoods, getting lost and soaking up every detail. One afternoon I returned to my home in Whitechapel during a freak snowstorm. I rushed into the house to get my camera and started to photograph the local market on my doorstep. These pictures of Whitechapel in the snow started a process of documenting the city."
Eventually the places he had visited and photographed began to look on the map like a doughnut and Philipp set out to join the dots with one long walk around the city, avoiding the centre. Leaving his home in Hackney and heading east, he circled London, arriving back 10 days and 250km later.
Taking in the Chiselhurst Caves, plane-spotters at Heathrow Airport, Brimsdown and Tottenham, he photographed the places that are normally overlooked in the story of the capital. Shifting from the industrial to the idyllic, day to night, from crowds to solitude, intimate interior to boundless landscape, these photographs depict both the rhythm and contrasts of life on the peripheries of the city. Linking them together, Philipp presents the vast and varied expanses of the landscape of Outer London.
Now brought together in a new book courtesy of Fishbar and entitled London Ends, the collection of images is accompanied by a diary of observations made on the walk itself. Make sure you grab a copy.
Via Creative Boom submission | All images courtesy of Fishbar & Philipp Ebeling