William Blake fans will recall that Peckham Common is where the young Blake famously had his ‘tree filled with angels’ vision.
So, as thousands have done before me, I hunkered down in front of a suitable looking tree in the Common and started squinting.
I tried photographing it in infra-red to see if angels generate a tell tale heat signature
Eventually, I gave up on my search for inspiration and trotted back off to Peckham proper in search of less divine subjects.
A sight Blake would have recognized, but he did also occasionally see angels which would have lightened his emotional load considerably.
Unlike Blake, I do however have access to Photoshop. So when I returned home I synthesized my own inspiration and posted it up onto Flickr
Someone commented underneath the photo a little later on…
The most cheerful conversation I ever had in Peckham Common was with a man who was sitting on a bench.
I approached him and said "You look great, I wish I had my camera with me,"
I sat with him for a while and he told me how you saw things differently once you had only five weeks left to live.
So yeah, feeling a bit down with London? Off to Peckham Common. A wise move.