Photographers have the best job. They get to discover all those amazing hidden places some of us can only dream of seeing inside, let alone know about – just because it’s what they do for a living. I imagine if you’re quite a nosey person, being a photographer is your perfect career move. Anyway… I’m digressing.
Take Battersea Power Station for example. Despite growing up in London and living there for 26 years, I never once went inside that amazing once-abandoned 1930s icon. No one does! Except, as I’ve found out, London born-and-bread photographer, Peter Dazeley. Turns out he couldn’t take the thought of it ever being torn down or changing without being documented, he got himself a backstage pass, put on his hard hat and ventured in – even getting the people to turn the beautiful Art Deco lights on for him, apparently.
These beautiful shots inside the power station – as well as the one below of historic Repton Boxing Club in East London (where Audley Harrison trained his way to Olympic gold, and the film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was shot – are all part of his ongoing photo project called, Unseen London, about recording historic London buildings, their architecture and interiors as they stand in the 21st century – before some of them are likely to eventually disappear.
Dazeley posts his photos on his website and Twitter, but for now, I thought we could take a backstage tour with a flick through – there are pictures of the interiors of 50 buildings which makes it impossible to pick out favourites because they’re all equally fascinating in their own right, but here’s a taster: