a kiss from someone new

Today I went out to the South Bank just to soak up the mild weather and to do some people watching. Photography seems to be a bit of a chore for me at the moment and I have noticed a shift in my aesthetic, which was quite obvious from how I approached things today. It was an especially hard day to extract anything greatly pink, and looking through my photos today there is actually more blue that I might use in the future for the project… but this is what I managed to catch today:

  Lots of people just enjoyed the day – and the weekend.

This included a lot of sitting around…

… even though your seat might have not been the most comfortable one.

But never we mind about that as long as you had ice cream. :)

I think this photo is a good example about that aesthetic I mentioned earlier.
There is something I am pushing myself towards.
I feel like questioning something although I'm not sure quite what it is myself yet.
Sometimes pictures like this open up to me more with time.

Part of that aesthetic is this new static approach to my surroundings.
Like in this place I was drawn to that diagonal line and was just waiting for something interesting to happen.
Luckily it was something pink. :)

Before the static approach I was already a big fan of this kind of low angle.
And she is so gorgeously suspicious in her neon pink shoes.
Rightly so! ;)

I'm also a big fan of unconscious synchronicity, like in this one.

But nothing beats capturing something like this…
More photos to be really proud of in 2008. :)

At the moment I am trying to decide if I want to get back to the darkroom a bit or whether to do a two-day conference/workshop in May. It's not really a case of one cancelling the other, but May seems to already be quite action packed for me, including some time to be spent in Finland (as I was getting incredibly home sick last week). :) I'm quite looking forward to catching some orange photos in Helsinki then as well. But there are three more pink photos to complete this months series, so until then!

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pink Sunday

It was an unusually early Sunday morning out for me. I went to have breakfast at Charing Cross Road today and from there I wandered around central London wondering when had spring managed to sneak up on us! Everything is starting to look more green and alive. Well, apart from me. I really am not a morning person. :D It was hard to get going with the photography today because of that reason, but I actually managed to get more pink photos than I thought.

At least my breakfast was a bit more wholesome than this. ;)
But it is Sunday and you're allowed to have special treats on Sundays, right?

Only in London. More than a zombie she looked more like that girl from the original Ringu movies.
Really cute and creepy at the same time. :D I really love how bizarre this scene is,
down to the car in the background and the reflection of her hand on the car window.

Family outing on the streets of Soho.
At least she is desensitising her daughter to the world we live in nowadays. ;)
Not a bad pink capture either…

eew

… nor was this.
I have no idea what made her grimace in such a funny way.
There was only a wall there.

Yes, only tough and incredibly handsome men can get away with wearing pink rucksacks.
I'm yet to get a good photo of any London men wearing pink shirts… it's a real pet peeve of mine,
but for the theme of the month the search continues.

This scene gave me mixed feelings.
I was highly amused (and pleased to catch him),
but at the same time I felt it was a bit disrespectful to use
 a memorial in such a manner for personal grooming.

Another scene I found highly amusing.

And this goes to my personal top five favourite photos I've taken this year.
I was hanging around this sign at Piccadilly to see is anything interesting would pass by.
And indeed something, or someone, did.
This is one of those London moments where I couldn't have hoped
to have anything better to come my way.

Not a bad photo Sunday at all, even though it felt very slow today. But at least now I feel a bit more awake. ;)

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clearly

 

Here's March!

This month has started off in a strange mood. Nothing in particular has happened, but something just seems off. Do you ever get that kind of feeling? There has been a slight cold I went through, and a small break to my routine wth a few extra days off work this week, but somehow it just seems I can't shake this feeling of general oddness. Especially this week. Maybe any change to my routine is not a very good thing. I must be getting old. :P Being a bit ill in the end of February also meant that I wasn't able to do my little mini-project in between colours, so I have to wait and see how all things pink go to find some time for the ideas I have in my head at the moment.

Trying to shake this weird feeling I went out after work yesterday with my camera. It is so nice that the light is more available now, or in normal person terms, days are longer and it isn't dark when I leave work. And when it comes to the whole Project Rainbow thing this can only be a good thing. I seem to have a bit of a stop-start momentum going on with it. But luckily I'm not beating myself about either (for now). The photo above was actually taken in February, and not officially in the pink month. But how could I resist snapping this moment and that fabulous coat? There really are no rules as such to the whole project if you have a look a the flickr page. Just 20 photos of the seven colours. I've only given myself some loose guidelines and time limits to motivate myself if anything else. But enough blabbing, more photos. ;)

 

Actually, let's get rid of the pink photos to start off with, since we were on topic. I went to clear my head a bit in the British Museum yesterday, but more about that later. This lovely emo-pinkness walked into my project voluntarily. Those Hard Rock Cafe bags were everywhere in the museum yesterday. I didn't even know it was still cool to go to that place. ;)

 

And this lovely pinkness was running around the Great Court for a while. I almost gave up on trying to snap her and her great pink drawing until she had had enough and had to wait for mummy to finish her boring call.

 

I also caught my red head finally. Well, couple months late for the red theme, but I couldn't resist this one either. This was before I went in British Museum, just around the corner from it actually. Brunswick Square has come up trumps in the past year after having major renovations. If you ever are in the British Museum I can recommend finding the Montague Place exit, taking a right, walking across Russell Square, past the tube station and to Brunswick Square. Pop around just for the atmosphere in this tiny charming corner of London. And for the quality of coffee at Carluccio's.

 

Not Carluccio's. Maybe they are thinking about better coffee…

 

Not Carluccio's either, but the sign was quite funny – and true.

 

The architecture is quite stunning in Brunswick Square I should say. So much so that some people are trying to support it as much as they can. I really liked the lines in this. Must be influenced by another favourite photographer, or something. ;)

 

Back in the British Museum… told you those Hard Rock Cafe bags were everywhere! Tourists are a bit of an easy target really, I should know better to snap away at them, but I really liked the juxtaposing in this, and I managed to squeeze in a visual bum-joke in there as well. :D

 

I really love the light in museums and galleries. It's like having professional lighting available to you, all you need to do is show up and wait for people to do something great. Like these two (I bet they were Finnish actually), beautifully, yet a bit blurrily, choreographered to mirror the statues in the background. You couldn't make it up if you wanted to…

And the final part of this post I would like to dedicate as a photo essay and a study called "Men in Museums":

 

 

 

Couldn't make it up if I wanted to… ;)

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