Sam Roberts (Ghostsigns UK) and Roy Reed are looking for funding to complete their project, documenting London, England’s ghost signs. For a pledge of $77 Canadian you can get a copy of the book sent to you. They expect to have it ready to mail out by Christmas this year, 2021. You can also just donate to sponsor the project.
Anywhere in Europe will have more, or at least older, places to explore than Ontario. It would be nice to see them. More than nice but I can’t think of the right word at the moment.
Where would you start exploring if you were suddenly in London? I don’t know. I definitely need Katie’s book.
In my book, Abandoned London, experience these awe-inspiring ruins, humble former shops and pubs as well as factories and offices that have been left to rot.
Arranged thematically from transport to industry, residential to commercial, these entries cover both the modern city and the historical metropolis, from hidden reservoirs to deserted tram stations, from bombed-out churches and forgotten factories to ice wells and eerie docklands.
Maybe I’d start with old shops and ghost signs from shops. Also, I don’t know what an ice well is. The Tower of London and of course, London Bridge would be somewhere on my list, but those are not very forgotten. An old garden and neglected cemetery. Those would be places to find the things I like, old brickwork, and all the trimmings.
Somehow I often catch people at a crossroads in their life. This time Jerm IX, Jeremy Bertrand, is evolving from his old persona and into something else. Leaving much of the old Jerm IX behind. I found his note about this on his Facebook account, the day after he posted it.
I haven’t especially tried to find him before this. I’ve seen his urban exploration photos from around Ontario on Flickr and his Jermalism and Abandonment Issues blogs. Also, for a short time a JermIX web domain. It just happened that I photographed an interesting place which I looked up (to see what it was) and found his post as the best source, with more photos taken years ago. His was more than a post about exploring an old place. He had written about himself, his past and the future he was looking forward to. Leaving behind Jerm IX is now a part of that.
So this is posted as a little tribute to Jerm IX and a thank you to Jeremy with wishes for good things in his future.
Interviews found online:
Peterborough Examiner – Peterborough, meet Jerm IX
Peterborough Examiner – Inside the Mind of Jerm IX
Kawartha Now – artNOW July 2016
Electric City – Jerm IX Writes on Walls