Maryon Park…

 Maryon Park, Woolwich, London

Maryon Park was the main setting for the 1966 Michelangelo Antonioni’s cult movie ‘Blow-Up’ featuring David Hemmings and Vanessa Redgrave. David Hemmings played Thomas, a top London fashion photographer captivated by his photographs of a murder, whilst Vanessa Redgrave is the woman at the centre of his interest. His photographs depict a murder scene… or do they? What you see, and what you don’t see, is the enigma central to the story. My photographs taken in 1998 show a park that has changed little in 32 years, the upper meadow where the supposed murder took place is a bit run-down now, but the lower meadow still has its original tennis courts used in the movie, and much of the scenery is unchanged. Beyond the courts there is a hedge now, the flower beds have been altered since the movie, and there is perhaps a little more litter around, but to be fair… a school party had just left from having a picnic when I arrived!

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a photographer, writer and blogger, a studio and press photographer since the mid 1960's, first published writings in 1974
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2 Responses to Maryon Park…

  1. hi im curious to know what the neon sign overlooking maryon park means when i saw it i thought of an add for a james bond film as it looked like a gun and a seven joined together does anyone know

  2. Patrick says:

    Hi Dudley, At the time of shooting the area around the park was under redevelopment, very little of the surrounding area that you see in the movie exists today. The bric-a-brac shop has long since gone and the street it stood in is now a housing estate. I’ve always made the assumption that the neon sign was the name of the building contractors. Hope this helps. Best wishes. Patrick.

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