For the next two weeks there’s a pop up gallery on Lavender Hill showing a selection of Ricky Leaver’s work. Ricky – who’s almost local, living in Putney – is an artist whose work you have almost certainly already seen without realising it – not least as he was the picture editor of the Evening Standard website when it first went live in 1997, and in 2001 founded the Londonstills Picture Library – which supplies a images of London to newspapers, magazines and all sorts of other commercial and creative users, with a huge range of pictures (over 10,000!). He has since made a small selection of his work available as photo fine art – some of which is on display at the Lavender Hill gallery (with limited edition prints on sale), and some of which features on his own website.
It’s s not surprising that some of his photos capture areas familiar to many of us with an artistic eye. He explains that his cityscapes capture London as a colourful, throbbing, metropolis, ever changing, while still retaining its timeless quality. Ricky also has a gallery in his home where visitors are welcome; and this pop-up gallery will bring his work to a wider audience, and provide an opportunity to meet someone with a long career photographing our city. It’s at 125 Lavender Hill, SW11 6JN (the corner of Stormont Road – about half way along Lavender Hill), which will be open – free! – every day until Sunday 16 October from 11am to 6pm. Do visit!