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The Odd Ones Out  (IN PROCESS)

London 2016

Ever since first moving to East London I’ve been fascinated with the odd looking landscape in the neighbourhoods. There is a strange, illogical variety in the types of housing placed in a single neighbourhood. From council housing to old Victorian mansions and from Georgian row houses to post-war Drive-In houses, and all within a few metres of one another.

After searching for information on this subject it became clear that throughout the whole of London these weird collections of buildings occur. This is a direct result of the bombs that were dropped on London in a short period at the beginning of the Second World War, often referred to as the London Blitz. Because so much of London’s historical buildings and sights remained many tend to forget the change that the Blitz brought to the landscape of London. The air-raid did after all fail in demoralising the British.

During my research I happened upon a website called BombSight - Mapping the World War 2 Blitz Bomb census (www.bombsight.org), a website where the (most exact possible) locations and types of the fallen bombs are recorded for the whole of London.

For this project I focussed on the area of East London, and captured the result of the London Bomb Blitz, 75 years after it happened. Even after years of remodelling and new housing projects, the sites cause an odd formation of the East London landscape. As the intensity or impact of the documented bombs is not recorded the sites documented in this book were chosen because of their illogical placements in relation to the rest of the area and their overall appearance.