Humans of Catford Part Two.

Photography by Henry J Kamara.

This on-going photo-series focuses on celebrating the Humans of Catford. Those who have grown up here and those who have just realised what we already know. By capturing a portrait of each person, we are able to capture a glimpse of Catford from their perspective.

In this second instalment of the series we meet Natalie; the 21-year-old new moderator of the Catford Central blog and Paul Evans, owner of Evan’s Supermarket, a Caribbean grocers in Catford’s Shopping Centre. Have a read of the first Humans of Catford segment here.

Natalie, 21

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What do you love about Catford?

I love a lot of things about Catford, mostly that it's home. I was born and here, raised here and have lived here most of my life. I love that I always feel like I have a place here. I don’t feel out of place walking down the street. It's where I’m supposed to be.

 

Do you know that Catford is soon to be regenerated?

Yes.

 

How do you feel about this?

There are a few really great projects that I’m really excited about, in Catford and the surrounding areas. I think Catford needs a bit of love, a bit of TLC so, I’m excited about it. I know the change is a bit worrying, and people wonder if it's going to push people out. At the same time, I think Catford is really embracing that change as we all want to see something great happen.

 

Is there anything that you would improve about the area?

I’d say more jobs for young people and more opportunities for young people to express their creativity.

A lot of youth activities in the area have ended in the last few years. There are still a few good ones and some up and coming groups - but what we really need is investment in young people. I’d like to see Catford get more involved with that.  

Paul Evans, 45.

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How long have you worked in Catford?

I’ve been here for over 30 years.

 

What do you love about the area?

It’s a place of work and I’ve grown up with a lot of the older heads here, so I’m part of the furniture. The community and customers are friendly. We get everybody from all nationalities in here. We used to be on a stall with my Dad for 25 years and then he left me to run it when I was 18. I moved to this shop about five years ago now. Everyone followed me here, so it’s cool.

Do you know that Catford is soon to be regenerated?

Yeah, I’ve heard a lot of talk since we moved in here. It’s just like with anywhere where there are a lot of ethnic people, things move and change. It’s going through that process now.

 

How do you feel about this?

I just think you’ve got to try and make it your place.

If you’d like to have your portrait taken for this series, please follow @CatfordChronicle or @TeamCatford for upcoming dates.

Interviews have been edited for length and clarity.

This is the beginning of an exciting time for Catford Town Centre. The more people involved, the better the needs of the whole community will be reflected. Have your say via Commonplace, and share the project with people you know locally.