A PHOTOGRAPHER who spent nine months documenting life in Earl's Court is putting her pictures on display.
Catherine Farrell decided to embark on the historical project ahead of a proposed major regeneration of the area which could include up to 7,500 new homes.
The 48-year-old snapper, who has worked for Getty Images, is concerned about the impact the project will have on the area and wanted to capture its unique community.
She said: “The idea was to create a collection of social documentary photographs depicting people at work and at play, while providing a flavour of life in Earl's Court as a culturally diverse west London district.
“Redevelopment plans for the site of the exhibition centre will allow the population to increase from 9,659 to more than 23,000.
“The new development will see the demolition of the exhibition centre and the creation of up-market homes built with scant regard for affordable housing. One of the effects of this will surely be a watering down of the rich cultural and racial diversity provided by the social housing and the local shops.
“An interest in social history inspired me to load each picture with as much detail as possible to create social documents for prosperity.”
The exhibition begins at METRO Bank, in Cromwell Road, today (16/3) and runs until March 23.
The collection of images has also published in 'Earl's Court Photographs' book, designed by ward councillor Linda Wade, with former curator of photography at the National Gallery Sara Stevenson providing the foreword.