Image and text courtesy of Nicholas Brewer from his series Ghost Signs of London.
“Painted signs have a long history dating back to Roman times. Sometimes called Faded Ads, Brick Ads or my preferred name Ghost Signs they cling to the walls of a Nation of Shop Keepers. They are victims to urban development and the ongoing digital revolution changing how we receive adverts. They are a document to previous goods and services, offering a glimpse of advertising heritage in London.”
www.nicholasbrewer.co.uk and Instagram: @nicholasbrewerphotography
Editor’s comment: “This image is beautifully executed – telling an urban story with clarity. In a single frame we feel a strong sense of place and identity, and of history, culture, consumerism, even dreams – the street may be crumbling, but a single gambling win could whisk us away from it. Through earthy tones juxtaposed with that single, on-brand blue we are struck with what is now, and what once was.”