Large scale regeneration of London neighbourhoods is no longer shocking, or even that noteworthy, but in the 1980s the concept was still fresh. The regeneration of the Docklands, and especially the transformation from the Isle of Dogs into Canary Wharf, was still being planned. The area sat in a calm before the storm, waiting for massive oncoming change.
Photographer Mike Seaborne spent the eighties documenting that transition, capturing the essence of the still largely industrial area, getting ready for a new life. These photos have been collected by Hoxton Mini Press in a book, The Isle of Dogs: Before The Big Money. Take a look at some of the pictures below.
The Isle of Dogs: Before The Big Money from Hoxton Mini Press, published 11 October 2018.