Canalival


It was my girlfriend’s birthday last weekend and we headed out for a brunch of the delectable Eggs Al Benny at The Breakfast Club in Islington with friends. Replete with yolks, avocado, chorizo etc, we decided to potter along the canal path towards Dalston.

Little did we know as we set off what carnage was being unleashed on St Regent’s Canal: the second Canalival – an almighty, unlicensed, floating party made up of hundreds of dinghies, inflatables and barges. All to commemorate the flotilla from the Queen’s Jubilee last year. Apparently.

It was quite, quite insane. That’s London for you.

I’d only taken my V1 with me – probably a good thing as we did later inherit an ailing inflatable kayak which we fixed with duct tape before spending about 45 minutes on the canal ourselves – all four of us, in a two-person vessel. Quite a bit of stuff got wet in our low-rider so it’s probably a good thing my DSLR wasn’t onboard!

We donated the kayak on again after we’d finished, helping a couple of lads do further (potentially fruitless) repairs before sending them off in it, possibly to a watery grave….

These shots are basically straight out of camera, no cropping, contrast work etc, just a little sharpening.

canalival 2013 regent's canal hackney east london party festival hipsters boats booze water street photography rob cartwright nikon V1 dinghies inflatables crowded

canalival 2013 regent's canal hackney east london party festival hipsters boats booze water street photography rob cartwright nikon V1 crowds dinghies thousands

canalival 2013 regent's canal hackney east london party festival hipsters boats booze water street photography candid rob cartwright nikon V1 spectators public wall watching

canalival 2013 regent's canal hackney east london party festival hipsters boats booze water street photography candid rob cartwright nikon V1 wet man portrait

canalival 2013 regent's canal hackney east london party festival hipsters boats booze water street photography candid rob cartwright nikon V1 girl fancy dress rubber ring

canalival 2013 regent's canal hackney east london party festival hipsters boats booze water street photography rob cartwright nikon V1 swan balloons

canalival 2013 regent's canal hackney east london party festival hipsters boats booze water street photography candid rob cartwright nikon V1 spectators public bars railings fence

canalival 2013 regent's canal hackney east london party festival hipsters boats booze water street photography candid rob cartwright nikon V1 funny comedy no seamen allowed

canalival 2013 regent's canal hackney east london party festival hipsters boats booze water street photography rob cartwright nikon V1 man portrait fancy dress pants flashing

canalival 2013 regent's canal hackney east london party festival hipsters boats booze water street photography rob cartwright nikon V1 abandoned rubbish paddling pool junk litter

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