Hi, I am Amy Adams the photographer for the book-' Wild about Tooting & Furzedown'.
The ‘Wild about Tooting’ book will be adding to the already established series of books called Wild London.(www.wildlondon.co.uk)
I grew up south of the river and fell in love with Tooting's up beat and vibrant vibe in my early twenties. Visits to Tooting, with its many wonderful restaurants and warm and welcoming people, encouraged me to live here and fulfill my dream of bringing up a family in South London. I moved to Derinton Road in 1997 buying a house on the Totterdown estate and living there until 2007.
I had many happy years there and my foody needs were fulfilled by what was then the Masaladar restaurant at the bottom of the street.
Mr M.Farooq Raja - Tooting Daily Fresh Naan.
In search of a quieter life for our young family, and a bigger house, we moved to Dahomey Road on the fringes of Furzedown in 2007. We are still very happily living there.
I studied photography at Manchester and Goldsmiths and initially worked as a Film editing assistant in Soho crafting adverts for TV. I have been a freelance photographer for many years, covering events and recently contributing to the 24 Photographers group. We recorded our experiences of the lock down photographically and the results have been shown on the BBC website.
I am wild about Tooting! Its phenomenal community spirit manifests itself in many ways: Furzedown's Big Day Out; the iconic Lido with it's cool blue water surrounded by trees; the Tooting Markets with a plethora of produce from around the world and the Gala Bingo on the High Street - which, even with its change of use, still keeps memories alive of the magnificent old Odeon cinema where legendary rock groups once played.
As I have said Tooting is a friendly place. One hot day, when I was photographing shop after fascinating shop. I paused a little wearily on a street corner - when a friendly man from one of the street stalls said ‘Are you hungry’? I replied ‘yes, I haven’t had any lunch!’- and he kindly gave me two bananas!
Here he is!
I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to play my part in capturing images of Tooting at a particular moment in time.
The money raised will help to design, publish and distribute the book.
£1 from every book sold will go to The SLSC who help run the Tooting Bec Lido.
Help me spread the Love of Tooting ❤️ to all it's residents and beyond by contributing to the cost of producing this book.