Wahaca, a Mexican street food restaurant founded by Master Chef winner Thomasina Miers. Being located on the South bank directly facing the river Wahaca offers beautiful river side views while you dine on authentic Mexican street food, accompanied with music, out door seating and probably the best guacamole you will ever taste.
Being made up of huge metal shipping containers the unusual exterior of the restaurant unlike any place I have encountered before is possibly the reason for drawing in so many customers, with waits of up to an hour for a seat, completely worth it however as the food and cocktails match up to the restaurants reputation, offering all traditional Mexican street food such as enchiladas, burritos and a creamy guacamole made with fresh avocado, salt limes onions and a mix of herbs.
Inside the multi-coloured storage exterior lies an abundance of fairy lights, posters and buntings all following the Mexican theme, with friendly and fast service from experienced waiters, a drinks list ranging from tequila shots, to cocktail pitchers, to wines, beers and spirits, practically any alcohol that takes your fancy.
All courses and drinks are reasonably priced, a starter, main course with extras, and a drink can cost under £20 and guarantee to have you completely stuffed by the time you leave.
Russell Boyce is a photojournalist, having worked with a company called Reuters, an online website that provides photo packages of global events to be used in all areas of news be that print, online or broadcast, for over 20 years. Russell has worked in London as an international news photographer, a job that consists of travelling the world to take pictures of global events, and Asia as chief photographer. He describes this particular experience as “shaping the news coverage of a turbulent region”.
In London Russell Boyce was responsible for instructing and coordinating a rage of photographers based all over the world to produce the picture packages that the website Reuters that he works for offers. Both him and the company say that they aim to make these picture packages “tell an in-depth story behind breaking news”.
Despite companies and professional photographers working together to produce high quality packages, with breaking news requiring images quickly for release the up rise of smart phones and social media can essentially render photo journalists redundant at times. With members of the public able to take and send a photograph of an event directly and instantly to broadcast and online news companies, the speed of this can sometimes outweigh the need for quality that a company such as Reuters can provide.
Photo journalists however are essential for covering events in areas such as the Middle East and Africa where the use of social media and smart phones is practically none existent, being able to provide otherwise unseen images of events.
When speaking at London South Bank University Russell spoke of the ability to tell a story through a photograph, an element that news companies are willing to sacrifice the element of time for in order to uphold a story using a photograph, something that images from the public can usually not provide.
Over the past few months a petition has been launched for the removal of the mobile phone boxes located in front of Umana Yana, a local take away located on croxted road. Specializing in Guyanese and Caribbean food, the company although having a large base of regular and local customers, heavily relies on passers by for income.
The issue of the phone boxes has been raised multiple times by the restaurant due to them obstructing the view of the take away from the road for potential passers by and new customers. Southwark council despite owning the land outside of the restaurant where the virgin phone boxes are residing, have very little power to remove them due to them not owning the boxes themselves.
A petition for the removal by the council however has still been launched in the hope that it will create some impact and begin the process. The petition can be signed through the change. org website so far having reached just shy of the 1500 signatures goal since being created back in august, currently having just over 1450 signatures to date.