middleground

After a quite heavy week last week things (and me) are getting a bit more settled. I'm out of the darkroom as well, the printing course finished on Monday, and I am so glad I did it. I feel much more confident going back to the BW darkroom and quite proud that I tackled the colour darkroom. I got two lovely prints out on Monday that I never thought I would've been able to do. The colour darkroom is difficult as hell, I am going to be glad next time I am doing something on photoshop with a click of a button. Also everything is done in complete darkness, so fumbling around and bumping into things no more for me. I am going to book some time for the end of the month to go back to the BW darkroom and start printing some of the photos I took last year, but only have contact sheets of. Next stop – scanner.

Even though I haven't been officially taking any photos in the past couple weeks, I have been snapping away with my Nokia N73 in any given opportunity. I'm really loving that mobile phone, it's serving me well. I thought I'd share some of my recent favourites with you today.

 

 

Spring has come back to London. We had a week of lovely warm weather in the beginning of March, but it was short lived and we have been freezing out little buns off until yesterday when the temperature went up to +16c and the chavs in sandals came out again.

 

 

You never know what's lurking behind the corner…

I am really fond of tags and graffiti. For me it is part of the urban landscape and when done well can be witty, original and critical form of art. It's something that makes me feel home when I travel in any big city in the world. Seeing things like this in the context to its surroundings also has a tendency to put a smile on my face.

 

 

Speaking of witty graffiti.

I first misread this as "is Islam the future for Britain". Talk about being conditioned by the media… I am not sure if I should know which Liam they are referring to here. It cannot be Liam Gallagher from the Oasis fame, now can it? What kind of future would Britain have then? :-) Some questions I suppose are better left unasnwered. They can be just too difficult to answer.

 

 

Only in London…

I looked at this as I walked past recognising the advertising and not realising there was something wrong until I was about 10 paces up the street. I turned around and snapped a photo. Clever clogs. There are more and more things like this to be spotted around London these days. Also included in the photo is this spring's must have fashion accessory -a metallic handbag. So now you have no excuse. ;-)

 

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life and its wonders

 

Having an odd moment in my life here today. Someone I work with passed away, quite suddenly, but not unexpectedly. Things like this I never get used to in my job, nor do I want to. It has stopped me on my tracks a lot today. Having to go about the usual business has been weird, but helpful in some ways. Life, it's a funny old thing really…

I'm still in the darkroom btw, having some sort of hiatus from taking photos otherwise. It is true what they say about learning things when you're older. Colour darkroom gave me a headache yesterday, but when I finally got things (almost) right, it was great. I will be in the BW darkroom some time yet, since after the course I am planning to rent some time and get some of the black & white photos I took last year finally into prints. And the 20D is needing a pro cleaning, I think I might have already mentioned this. So, after all this, I hopefully will have some time and motivation to get on the streets of London to take some more photos.

 

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living for the weekend

My favourite video of this series (this far).
Shot last week whilst getting from A to B at work.

Otherwise my Canon is gathering dust while I get reacquainted with the darkroom.
The course at PhotoFusion is great, and I was really enjoying myself last week doing the magic of printing again,
and coming home smelling of developer and other chemicals.
The great thing is, I get to do it all over again tomorrow. :-D

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QotD: Musical Horoscope

What's your musical horoscope?  (Put your player on shuffle and write down the first 10 songs that come up.)
Inspired by Stephanie.  

1. Shame – Matchbox Twenty
2. Goodbye Girl – Tarkio
3. Tumbling Down – Paolo Nutini
4. One Wish – Roxette
5. Boy's Don't Cry – The Cure
6. In My Secret Life – Leonard Cohen
7. Everybody's Gone To War – Nerina Pallot
8. Weightless – Royksopp
9. Love Foolsophy – Jamiroquai
10. Playboy Mummy – Tori Amos

However and whatever I'm supposed to read from all that… I wouldn't even dare to start! :-D
(But I do love that Leonard Cohen song so much…)

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sauf london

Hello pumpkins! Normal brain power has returned! I've had couple of days off from work now and spent an admirable amount of quality time with myself. I've done some shopping for the spring wardrobe, had my nails done (in pink!) and managed to go and visit a great exhibition in Brixton today in the PhotoFusion Gallery. The current exhibtion of Dream/Life and Beyond by Trent Parke is amazing, and he's a Magnum photographer, too. I only wish I had an extra £900 to buy one of his limited edition prints from the gallery. I really recommend the trek down South if you're in London before the beginning of April to go and see this exhibition!

Whilst in Brixton I did some street photography. I've not taken my camera out since the Chinese new year couple weekends ago and it always takes me a bit longer to get into swing of things after a break from shooting in the street. I also found the area and people not the easiest to photograph. But neverthless, this is what I saw today:

Before I left home I spotted this scene from my bedroom window…


Whoever said women are more compassionate…
might've just been right! ;-)


Whilst waiting for the bus I spotted the London Eye and something unusual.
One of the pods must have been under maintenance or something.
It was lucky catching it up there, since it takes about 45mins to go around again. :-)


Look at all of those crocuses behind these two chatting away!


I think she was trying to spot what I was fake photographing up there. :-D
I love her hair! And that pidgeon so wanted to make the shot posing a long time for me.


Some people weren't buying this whole spring malarkey and stuck with their own style – and comfort.


Some of these warnings of pickpockets were sabotaged in a funny way.
I don't think the lady playing with her earphones spotted it though.


Some parts were quite interesting in Brixton.
I've only driven through the area during the whole time I have lived in London,
and I love exploing new parts of this city. There is something about seeing a place with fresh pair of eyes,
rather than visiting somewhere you know like the back of your hand.


People in Brixton were obsessed with mobile phones!
If they were not texting on them they were talking on them,
or at least trying to call someone on them.
Whatever happened to meeting people over a cup of coffee?


Well, at least some people did just that.
I loved the pattern in the back of her vest mirroring her hairdo. :-)

Then it was back on the streets, trying to catch some flavour of Brixton:


This made me smile:


The fact that the sign covered the modesty of these two
and the one of the right waving like she needs some assistance cover herself up, too. :-)


No need for these dolls to cover their modesty.
They are just too cool for school with sunglasses and everything! :-D


I got quite a few shots of people coming down these stairs,
but only two great ones with the pidgeons flying in the frame.
This was my favourite one of those two, and actually from the whole day.

It feels such a bonus to have had this Thursday and Friday off. I don't know what to do this weekend now, since I've had these bonus days off! :-D The problems I sometimes have, eh? There is always the possibility to go out to take more photos, so watch this space! I hope your week has gone quick and smooth. Have a great weekend!

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