Malls and me don’t mix. Artificial light, unoriginal shops, endless queues, rude people scurrying, screaming babies, and so on. Westfield London, which opened last week, isn’t as bad as the Westfields in Australia, but there’s nothing too original about it. All the shops are the same as you’d see elsewhere; it’s just that some of them are larger. So basically, any high street store you can think of is here, in the one place.
If you are after something then it is quite handy to get to, but I would definitely avoid going on a weekend. Luckily the ceilings are tall and the light does shine in through the glass roof during the day and bounces off the marble floors, so you don’t get that headachey feeling you normally do in other places.
The food court’s saving grace is Pho, the Vietnamese noodle restaurant that has two other London branches. It, and Yo Sushi, above, were clearly the busiest places in the entire 6-football-field-sized building, department stores included.
Hopefully I’ll get a quick chance to check out a few of the events at Photomonth, the east London photography festival. Highlights include the Photo Open exhibition at the Old Truman Gallery on Brick Lane and the photo fair at Spitalfields market.
Other photography events this month include the Robert Capa war photograph exhibition at the Barbican, which runs until 25 January. And top contributors to the Tate’s Street or Studio Flickr pool will be featured in a print on demand book which is being launched at the Tate Britain’s Duveen galleries from 6-8pm 7 November. Whew!
I’ve started taking a few photos of the imminent recession – you know, empty shops, closing down signs and such. One of them was picked up by the Guardian’s business blog, who’s collecting recession pictures. You can see my recession photo here, which was taken at the forlorn shopping centre at Elephant and Castle. Be sure to check out the other interesting contributions from people who’ve been documenting the economic crisis in their pool.