If you’re a regular reader you will know that so far this blog has mainly concentrated on what the arcades are like now. The shops that are presently trading, the people that currently work there and how the architecture appears today.
This is due to the fact that a) this is a photography blog and as yet I have not perfected the art of time travel and b) I have only lived in Cardiff for 6 years so anything before that is kind of a mystery to me.
It seems odd to think of it now, but Ushi’s was actually the shop that inspired the whole project. Quite the accolade you might think – but it was an interesting display in the window that caught my eye way back when and set the ball rolling.
So when I got the chance to photograph Ushi’s properly I was very excited at finally filling the gaps in. Ushi’s is one of the bigger shops in the Morgan Arcade and is owned by Lynne Beresford who I met with when I was photographing the shop.
It’s actually been quite a while since I strolled into the beautiful shop that is Joie de Vivre in the Royal Arcade. I’d first noticed the shop back in April when it was still a work in progress. Gazing through the windows as the shop took shape, I knew it would be a place that I’d want to photograph as soon as possible.