back to the 60’s

My hair stylist has moved to a new hair salon, so I had to venture out to Barbican to get my hair cut today. I always get lost in that area, it's such a strange part of London. It's like stepping back to 60's (even though it was built in 1982). After getting my hair and some photography done I went to the Barbican Centre to see the European Photographers in the 20th Centry exhibition. It was very good in my opinion, even though it has received mild reviews in the press.

I got a bit exhibitioned out in the end (it's a very large collection of work from 22 photographers spanning from the Great War to the Cold War!), but was really glad to have seen some originals from one of my favourite photographers André Kertész. They also have the Brassaï's Paris by Night photos in the exhibition, I keep forgetting how great that series is (shame on me!). I also saw some amazing photos by Viktor Kolář and instantly became a fan!

And this is what I saw today…

Waterloo was busy for Saturday.
I have a thing about men wearing this shade of baby pink… but
I love the man by the Information board (not literally!).
He noticed me taking a photo of him, but was really cool about it and just smiled.

Lunch time at Barbican.
The guy in the cafe was so deep in his own thoughts
that the waitress made him jump when she brought him his lunch. :-)

This lady on the left pulled a face when she recognised
the people she had been waiting for in the crowd coming out of the Tube.
I was really waiting for the woman with the magazine to do something,
but instead caught the guy in the background and this smirk.

Around the corner from the Barbican.
Apologies especially to the British people viewing this,
but it was just too funny to leave unphotographed. ;-)
Obviously the 'Y' has been added to it, the original street name is Fann Street.

The Barbican Centre in London is so weird…
I always get lost trying to find it and I also get lost easily inside.
It took me forever to find the ladies – again.
The decor is also very concrete block 60's in and outside.
But the lighting rocks and I got to take photos of people undisturbed.

For some reason I keep bumping into a lot of people looking lost these days.
It's forming into another quite nice series. :-)

My favourite photo from today.
There was something bittersweet about this scene as she was crying.

It was nice to be out with my camera today. It's been about two weeks since I have done any street photography. The exhibition was also very good inspiration. I have just bought the André Kertész – Early Years book from And my hair is extra cute having had it cut today, too. A perfect Saturday!

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rainy days and youtube

London is a wall of grey and rain.

I've not been taking any photos for the past week and a half.

Last weekend I ventured out to the world of YouTube and made a video about my Sunday.

I don't know how many videos I will be making in the future.
Hope you enjoy this one. It's the view from my living room window.

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Lomo and poetry at South Bank

Remember that funny Thursday afternoon I had few weeks ago when I was given a Lomo camera to shoot in the Lower Marsh market area in London as a part of an event The Lomographic Society was planning? Well the exhibition is  now opening next week as part of the Poetry International 2006 in the South Bank Centre!

The opening night is on Tuesday 24th October 2006 from 5:30pm onwards. The 4000 photos taken by me and other people for this project are displayed at the Purcell Room in the Queen Elisabeth Hall, South Bank, London. There is more information here about the whole event.

If you have time and are in London next week – come by!
You can even download some of the photos and poems from the exhibition.
(Things that Austrian law permits to do and all! :-))

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News just in:
The LOMO wall is up until 1st December 2006.
The Lomographic Society newsletter put the news out today. :-)

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I had some friends visiting me today and I took them for a long walk around central London. Whilst they took some touristy photos I took photos of the tourists. ;-) (Sweet Saturday in my books!) A lot of photos to get through today, so let's get to it!

Before I got to Marylebone Station to meet with my friends I saw this.
The glove was laying on the street, just like that. What a sign!

He looked like he was in the middle of a difficult conversation.

We bumped into this Bollywood film set accidentally twice today.
We saw them first at Leicester Square dancing away in a proper bangra way.
Later we were walking along the Victoria Embankment and low and behold – we encountered this scene!

That dog was going berserk. I think there was too much stimulus for him.

The gossip was devoured from today's papers. ;-)


Naps were had…

… And impressive poses were pulled for younger sisters at Trafalgar Square.
This is one of my favourite captures from today. :-)

Easy way to spot one! :-D

And some tourists had made more effort today than others…

… and made great souvenir photos! :-D

It was like she was waiting for someone to take a photo.
So I did.

Someone got a special ride today.
It's quite amazing that the woman sits at the back… :-D

Another personal favourite from today.
 I've got a thing for couples.
This is a lovely addition to the series I've got of them.

Now it's a matter of relaxing for the rest of the weekend. My legs are pulp after being out all day today. It was lovely, but tomorrow I'm going to be laying on the sofa enjoying greek yoghurt and Sunday afternoon movies. Bliss!

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I spotted this coming home from work today on the Tube.
I think it's beautiful.

(It's taken with my mobile phone's camera, hence the quality.)

Otherwise there is little progress in the photography front.
The weather has been hideous in London this week, so has work.
I need a recharge of batteries – and motivation.

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October ice cream

Quick shoot out today because I popped into the National Portrait Gallery today only to find that the free contemporary gallery space was closed for the upcoming David Hockney exhibit. So, around the Trafalgar Square I went before going home to do some laundry.

It was a gorgeous autumn day today.


I just love how the light drew the silhouettes of these people.

There were so many people enjoying the sunshine and belive it or not – ice cream!
Considering it is October in London it was quite exceptional.
My favourite photo from the day is the couple eating their ice creams.
I think there is something greatly theatrical about this gentleman.
Maybe it's just me thinking it's amusing that adults are sticking their tongues out in this way! :-D

What's great about well known tourist spots in London is that you can blend in so easily to do some street photography. Everybody has some sort of a camera hanging around their neck, so I don't stand out at all. Well, maybe for the reason I am pointing my camera down at the crowd of people rather than up Nelson's Column. ;-)

I think she was Italian or German.
They seem to be the most colourfully dressed tourists in the world. ;-)
This also reminded me of the great project PostCrossing.
If you don't know about it, go check it out!

I think I know this feeling…

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Friday Fun

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