On the cusp of gentrification, this corner of South East London is home to a wide variety of individuals. Local Ben Wallace and I spent time getting to know the area.
Bens words: As with most shopping streets in twenty-first century Britain if you look above the new Perspex signs of the modern shops on Deptford High Street still bears the scars of its previous incarnations, ornate brick work advertising long since closed department stores, tile work more robust and durable than the pubs and breweries they advertise, there is something different Deptford has to offer us which is hard to quantify. I’ve never been to Venice but I know there is a quality of light there that is utterly beguiling, I know this from the huge volume of work from artists who want to share it with me. When you get Deptford it is the same feeling, you want to share it with the world and keep it secret all at once.