Caledonian Road history snaps are a fascinating trip down memory lane
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You can take the man out of the Cally...
Photographer Keith Collman left his house in Frederica Street, off Caledonian Road, more than half a century ago. But the Cally is still where his heart remains.
In the 1970s and ’80s, he would return to his old stomping ground and simply walk up and down the long stretch, taking photos. The results could be extraordinary.
A car is lying on its side in one photo. Another shows an old woman closely inspecting a bin bag full of rubbish. No big deal.
Keith, 67, who now lives in Hemel Hempstead, recently shared his superb gallery on his website.
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He said: “The house in which I was born has long been demolished, but my happy memories remain.
“In the ’70s and ’80s, I went back to record some of the places I remembered and enjoyed. I still visit the Cally to this day, but it has changed a lot.”
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Overturned cars and forensic litter inspections aside, he added: “The Cally was just normal. I have such fond memories because I was a kid and there were never any problems.
“Each part of it would have its own community and they would tend to stick to their end of the road. I was in Frederica Street, opposite Pentonville Prison, and we would do all our shopping there.”
A graphic designer by trade, photography has strictly been a hobby for Keith.
But even this was a product of the Cally area: “It was ever since I was a youngster. I started when I used to go trainspotting at King’s Cross station.”
To see Keith’s full Cally portfolio, click here to visit his website.