If someone created a local blogs award ceremony, Spitalfields Life would sweep the nominations list like the King's Speech. We'd certainly select it for best blog, best interviews and best (relative) newcomer.
The format is simple, but done with panache. Every single day, the 'gentle author' tracks down a fascinating local character for an interview and photo shoot. Just in the past three days we've had a foam merchant, a man with 330-year-old wallpaper, and a selection of clowns at the annual Grimaldi service. Whatever next?
Next is a photographic exhibition that builds on one of the long-running threads on the site. The Gentle Author has conducted around 80 interviews with various market porters from the Spitalfields area. Each was accompanied by characterful photographs by Jeremy Freedman
50 of these portraits go on show from Thursday 10 February across three sites: The Golden Heart in Commercial Street, Agnes b. in Spitalfields Market and Rough Trade East in the Truman Brewery. The show ends on 10 March.
Here's a taster — the exhibition will include the fascinating life stories of these and 43 other Londoners.