Woolwich Dockyard Portraits

got totally sucked in by this amazing set of photos taken by George Plemper in London in the late 70’s & early 80’s

For a period of 5 years between 1978 to 1982 photography was a way to prove to myself that I was still alive. Unable to unable to make sense of the “real world” and “real people” who told me that I was too sensitive, too quiet, too thoughtful, too strange, I found that my world changed when I picked up the camera. Through the viewfinder a new and better world opened up and, best of all, it acted as a shield. I did not have to get too close when I held the camera. In 1979-82 I used to visit the Clockhouse Community Centre in Woolwich Dockyard, London SE18 and these are a few of the sights I saw.

all photographs by George Plemper


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13 Responses to Woolwich Dockyard Portraits

  1. The Indulgent Tuesday 2 August, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    thank you so mch for sharing these… i love coming to your blog for fresh inspiration.. xx

  2. Mallory Tuesday 2 August, 2011 at 10:25 am #


    Upon seeing the first image – “I need to cut my hair short IMMEDIATELY”

    Upon seeing the little girl doing a split – “Man. I can’t believe I was ever capable of doing that.”

    …. but 8 year old me totally was. What a flexible thing I was in the past.

  3. Caitlin Rose Tuesday 2 August, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    these are incredibly powerful images. wow. I feel like that has set the tone for my entire day.

  4. andrea Tuesday 2 August, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

    these are wonderful! they and the description immediately brought to mind a similar set of photographs i’d happened across on flickr a while ago:


    and of course it does… because it’s the same photographer :)

  5. laura Tuesday 2 August, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

    Thanks for sharing these, i love that top photo – just did a drawing of her in my sketchbook, what great style!

  6. Amber Wednesday 3 August, 2011 at 1:27 am #

    I love your blog because I always learn about something/someone new!

  7. Joy Wednesday 3 August, 2011 at 2:06 am #

    I love these, they’re so very hip.

  8. Frances Wednesday 3 August, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    These are brilliant, thank you very much for sharing them. I saw the image of the first girl before I read about the history of the photographs, and just couldn’t place the date of it – I would never have got it right, fascinating!

  9. Sarah Thursday 4 August, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    I love these so much. Thanks for posting!

  10. mosey Thursday 4 August, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    these are fantastic – so much character in each little face!

  11. Jess Lucas Wednesday 10 August, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    These are really lovely. . . . I also love coming here to see what gems you have found :)

    Jess x

  12. kenneth Friday 26 August, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    It’s the first time I see this site.
    I really like it.


    Cheers !

  13. Ezequiel Freire Friday 24 February, 2012 at 2:34 am #

    George Plemper congratulations for his photographic work, “TOTAL QUALITY” Regards Ezequiel Freire

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