As well as having the rather grand title of Lauderdale House’s photographer in residence and all the connections I have here, I have been taking photographs for the Ham & High newspaper since 2001. In almost 20 years on the patch I have covered assignments that range from breaking news, to diary events, right through to the (very!) much less urgent.
Highgate always seems to have something going on, from vibrant community events, and charity initiatives, to hard fought, planning disputes, as well as those we remember and celebrate just for being gloriously silly.
Delving through my photo archive, in this time of isolation, I thought that I would pull out a few of my favourites to share, especially those photographs that might raise a smile.
At its heart, Highgate is a wonderful, sociable village, and this is evident in Lockdown through the Mutual Aid Groups. And hopefully when we come back together in person after this Lockdown, that atmosphere will return. You never know, we might even have a greater appreciation of what being together means. I know I will.
In the meantime here are a few reminders of just how brilliant, committed, spirited and bonkers Highgate, along with its twin town of Hampstead, have been over the past 19 years… and will be again.