Finally got my mitts on the ‘London’ edition of Boat Magazine, out now - believe, if you live here, or visit, or have any interest in anything really you should buy this, its an incredible venture and a perfect mix of travel writing, impressive photo-journalism, wonderful articles - read all about the Boat people on their site and what they get up to, its certainly not like any other magazine.
A few months back I was invited on a lovely sunny Feb morning to the Boat offices to draw a map of London that meant something to me… and here it is. Also, here’s the full blurb I sent to them, some of which appears in the article.
London to me is home, i love it as much as I hate it. I wanted to move here when I was kid, and now I cant see me in many other places, really. I’ve been living in London since 1999, when I moved down from Lincolnshire to study Fine Art at Goldsmiths, moving into halls in Deptford. 13 years on, I still live in South London, though just a teeny bit off my map. (it was too far out from the area to fit on!)
South East London is truly a wonderful place; where my best friends live, where the love of my life is from, the strangest places. Anthony Burgess’ quote ‘All human life is here, but the Holy Ghost seems to be somewhere else’ could easily have been written about Deptford. When i saw the competition brief it made sense to focus in on the place I know and love best, which is not touristy, and that many people don’t see, for whatever reason - maybe they think there’s nothing much there?
I’ve shown a mixture of layers and textures in my map. Deptford is an extraordinary, historically important place, much of which seems to have been forgotten in a kind of social shunning of the area. I’m really interested in map making, and psychogeography; inventive ways of exploring space. I think a true map should not just give you the lay of the land, but educate, show history and description, as all of these things make up what a place really is. (This may explain why i despise sat-navs.) Consequently, this map represents some places key to my development - places I have grown, and consider integral to the area, as well as more literal historical events and places. I think a map that just shows places and not events, accidents, life.. is not guiding anyone anywhere.