Somewhere Else by Polly Tootal in London, UK

This photo was taken down the road and round the corner from where I live on the way out of London. I live quite far east but still in the heart of Hackney, London Town. I wanted to share this photo as the thing I enjoy the most about photographing my environment is making it look like somewhere else! A bit of a contradiction for this website perhaps. Having said that, London is full of a diversity of architecture and buildings of different eras, beautifully packed full of history some definitely lacking both. I love London because of the mixture of everything from the people to the urban landscape. I enjoy searching for photogenic landscapes, buildings and people within my familiar surroundings and further afield across the UK.

Name:Polly Tootal

Place you live: Hackney, East London

Place your photo was taken: East London

Occupation: Photographer

Preoccupation: Eating lovely food with friends, films & documentaries, music, and travel.

The perfect day in London? If I’m not out photographing, it would be a stroll through London Fields on a warm sunny day, a swim in the Lido, a BBQ with friends in the park followed by drinks in a local pub. I never want to visit tourist attractions when in a new place, I prefer soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying a day as the locals do.

For the visitor? If someone comes to visit East London I would suggest they go to a few shops and galleries in Shoreditch and take a stroll along Brick Lane, pop into a cosy pub or two. Broadway Market on a Saturday, Columbia Road Flower Market on a Sunday.

A perfect meal in London? Buen Ayre, (Argentinian Steak restaurant on Broadway Market) or Tayabs (amazing Indian restaurant in Whitechapel).

Locals Tip: Get a bike and cycle around.

A little known fact: It doesn’t rain everyday in London.

Your favorite place in the world? The British coast on a hot day.