my kind of night life

I walked home from work via St Paul's and Tate Modern last night. It's one of my favourite walks in London, day or night time. I didn't have my Canon with me, but my Nokia N73 can handle quite a lot, so these were the favourite photos I took last night.

Sometimes it's just good to be snap happy and not think too much. ;)

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my week in details

For the past week I have been confined inside the four walls of my home, as I've had what the doctor called "just a virus". It sure as hell didn't feel like any "just", but I'm happy to say that I'm finally starting to feel better and slowly gaining my strength. During my week at home, to pass the time, which seemed to mould into one long continuum at the same time as going really slowly in my fever, I took some photos with my camera. It was a bit like getting rid of that feeling where you just have to have some chocolate (girls you know what I'm talking about, right!) – I just had to take some photos. No matter what I was documenting.

So, this is what my week has looked like:

My diet has been very simple this week.
Mostly because I haven't been able to digest much,
let alone be strong enough to hold a fork in my hand.
And I am now sure people can overdose on tea!

I've sought comfort in the little things, like a hot shower and my comfy pyjamas.
My blankets have kept me warm during watching hours on end of mind numbing day time TV.
My flat got very dusty, like grossly dusty, but I've now soldiered on to hoover my new pets away.
And when the TV got too weird I made little to do lists, with very ambitious goals!
The last thing to be achieved (to "get well") almost done now. :)

The highlight of my week was baking some chocolate muffins last night…

… and being able to taste them! <3

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better halves

Here are the previously mentioned film shots I took with my beloved Olympus Pen-EE half frame camera. These were shot well before and kinda during the photos in my last post below, but they're not more that couple weeks old. This is also my first B&W roll I put through the camera, and must say the Boots in Britain can't even get a C-41 film processed correctly. Fair enough, some of the film was overexposed due to my own gaffes, I put my hands up and admit that. But as I scanned the roll from negatives, half of it was perfectly fine and not like the prints I got which were all white as a ghost. Just another film processing place to go on my "never use" list in London. And unfortunately there seems to be so many on that list now… :P

But let's get to the good bit!

These are two lovely photos maybe with more personal meaning to me than anything else.
Just lovely memories of a day out in London with good friends.
(Do people take photos just for memories these days? Or do I?)

Shopping in London is great!
What's even greater is the advertising,
especially when they go quirky or wrong – or both! :D

This is probably more like my signature pairing of people with their environment. Just something that naturally attracts me, as you might know. ;) With the half frame camera it's just a bit easier in a way. I can just snap at the two separate things I see to pair them, not always having to wait for the perfect thing to happen right next to something.

What I noticed from this roll of B&W film was that the half frame vignettes and blurs "a bit". The best proof is in the above pair of photos. I have gone back to closely look at the colour rolls I've shot (all two of them – woo!) and there are nothing remotely like this blur in them. Some vignetting yes, but the B&W brought out some cool effects that look like a love child of a Holga and a Lensbaby. (This photo on the left is my favourite from the whole roll.)

Such a cliché London photos, and I really have no excuses.
But I just love the Great Court in the British Museum, plain and simple as that.
It's great for both stunning atmospheric architectural shots as for photographing people.
So, being biased, this was my favourite pair from this roll of film.

I think in the future I might just stick to colour film in the Olympus (especially since I forgot half way through this B&W roll I wasn't even shooting in colour, for once! :D) both to test this vignetting thing a bit more and make it easier to get the prints in a bit of a better quality. By all means it is good practise to scan my negatives anyways, but the first two colour rolls have been such good quality I've been able to just scan them straight from the prints. And I now know who to go to get that done. ;) More photos to follow when I get over my awful cold! ;)

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long time no photo

Isn't it terrible when your social life takes over and you end up going weeks without blogging or photographing?! Take me for an example, in the past eight days I've had five different people staying over at my place here in London. Some overlapping each other, some not! The latest visitors were my dear street photography friends who live in Norway, so we spent last weekend actively shooting people in their faces. With a camera. As someone cleverly would put it. ;) It was great to shoot with other street shooters actually. It's such a luxury to me to be with like-minded people and do what we so much love to do. There is something really inspiring taking my camera out with other street photographers. There is something in the old saying of "strength in numbers" as well as having someone with you who understands when (and why) you stop, space out and wander off – mostly without any notice. We wandered around popular parts of London both Saturday and Sunday and this is what I saw (in a bit of a random order I think):

On Sunday Trafalgar Square hosted a Jewish festival Simcha.
We ended up there right at the end of the day and all the best seats were gone already.

Tourists. In London. Always a great subject. ;)
Looks like Berlin happens in London these days!

Of course we had to go and see Doris Salcedo's Shibboleth in Tate Modern.
It's the £300,000 crack on the concrete floor of the great Turbine Hall
(and the current top conversation piece in London). I must say, it is impressive.

Although someone disagreed with me…

… and some got more up close and personal with it than me.

Oh, and some took far more artistic photos of it than me…
Look, photographers suffer for their art, too! :D

Outside Tate Modern some people were smart in saving money on their lunch and being able to catch the amazing October sunshine at the same time. (I think I am slowly becoming to realise why I so love the half frame Olympus camera so much from this photo!)

Then we were off to the South Bank (of course)!
I honestly don't think I've ever seen this street performer do what he is supposed to do.
All I see him do is have cigarette breaks! :D

Couples do the cutest things. ^-^
I loved these two sharing and flirting on the South Bank.

And then it's back to St Paul's.
That man fed the pigeons with such love and care.
(I love that expression on that girls face!)

So, there we have it. Now I'm back to roaming the streets of London on my own. And not a festival in sight (as far as I know! :D) Oh and I've shot some film on the Olympus half frame camera couple weeks ago too, but I need to scan it all and then I can come back and post it all for you to enjoy. I'm going in a bit of a random order with my photos since the film stuff is a bit older stuff than what I've shown you, but at least I've got something more, and new, to show you soon!

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