I’m always looking around charity shops for old film cameras, the more clunky and unusual the better. Back in late winter this year I found an old Russian Zenit TTL SLR in a local shop and picked it up for a few pounds. It needed a bit of work and the focus seemed a bit iffy but was heavy and it felt rugged so I loaded it up with a roll of film and set of for a walk around a part of Portsea I hadn’t explored before, the outer edge of the Dockyard walls.
This particular part of Portsmouth running along Queen Street for many, many years was infamous for it’s dangerous pubs and prostitutes plus it’s slums which reached a head in the 1920s with the murder of Brighton Mary which led the way to urban renewal, council housing in the city and dramatic change. With the bombing of this part of the city during the war and the redevelopment in the 60s this part of the city now has next to nothing to show for it’s past history apart from it’s road names.
One thing that has endured is the Dockyard wall. This wall runs around the dockyard circumference but at this part of Portsea is tucked well behind flats and housing, far away from the casual viewer’s eye. I had never explored this area so set off with this cold war camera in the cold weather in the low sun looking for new things and old things.