lost in the city


London is the greatest city to get lost in. I got off at Moorgate last night and just started walking around in the City of London. It was a lovely night and in couple of hours I'd ended up via Fenchurch Street and Aldgate to the Tower of London by accident. Scrambling together more green photos I saw some great things…

There are a lot of nice details around you anywhere you go, just keep your eyes open.

One of my favourite photos from yesterday.
His expression is so lovely and infectious.

It seemed to be some national mobile phone loving day yesterday…

At least some had time to have a smoke before playing with their mobile. ;)

I hadn't been to the Tower of London for years. It's funny how things just look and feel familiar before you realise that you have been there before. Just after this photo Graham Norton turned that corner behind that family with his two dogs. I was a little bit star struck, but he was very cool about it (and on his mobile!). :)

Yes, The Tower Bridge. Very touristy. Very London.
But something I liked, especially in B&W.

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spring nights

I popped out for a drink with the girls last night after work and had managed to bring my camera with me for all photo opportunities presenting. It was a lovely warm spring evening and wandering around the affluent areas of Mayfair and Haymarker to Piccadilly was lovely.

 

People were eating out, enjoying the weather and on-the-brink-of-summer London.

I just loved the faces of these people, especially the waitress. :)

 

There was a lot of window shoppers around. I was drawn to the glow here.

 

And a lot of glamorous people around, too. :)

 

By the National Theatre the beautiful purple lights pulled me out of the bus prematurily just to catch the audience having a break from whatever performance they had come to see. The smoke from the balcony was a lovely bonus to have caught here.

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rain rain go away

What a long, grey and miserable Saturday it has been today. We've taken a little step backwards here in London in welcoming the spring time. The only good thing about right now is the mid-season sales, like the one I went for in Ikea this morning at 8am. :) Totally worth the early start! After I got home hauling my stuff back home I nipped over to South Bank to see if I can catch some more green action, but the rain caught me out.

At least I got to get a bit more creative with the weather instead of just standing there under the shelter waiting for the water stop coming down from the skies. I really loved these three photos together as a little abstract series.

This is one of the two green photos I got today.
For me this was more of the green concept than the colour.
You know, make a difference to the environment by cycling for example.
Yeah I know, a bit far fetched, but I like the message. ;)

This was the second green photo I got today.
There's something about the old men freezing still in London at the moment.
This is the second one I've caught in a week.
But the weirdness didn't stop here…

… a second later from taking that first frame this happened!
I have no idea where it came from and where it went, but it makes a great photo! :)

I have about a week and a bit to go and some eight photos to source from somewhere to complete the theme, so stay tuned. I'm sure there will be a little last minute panic going on about the Project Rainbow this month, for a change. ;)

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April showers

It was a bit too good to be true to hit on the theme of the colour green in April. Everything is starting to blossom and bloom, thanks to the never ending showers. I felt a bit cheeky to be able to rub the theme in a bit more by taking a spin in Green Park here in London yesterday. At least it lives up to its name! :)

Actually it was a bit miserable when I first got out,
but in true British style I wasn't the only one trying to defeat the weather.

Sheltering away in front of the Ritz gave me some nice, dry, photo moments, too.
I really love how you can see the rain in this, especially hitting the ground.

By the time I got in a nice warm café to enjoy an afternoon coffee, and like these Dutch boys the people watching, the rain stopped and sun came out. I decided to take a little detour by the side streets and guess what, I ended up at Trafalgar Square.

I think with the South Bank this place is a bit of a photography safety zone for me! :D I haven't really recovered from my couple weeks break from street photography yet, so maybe starting in "easy" places is not such a bad idea.

Being in safe places doesn't stop me thinking in new concepts though.
This time I was trying to see things in more of a panorama way.
New points of view are always useful in trying to shake things up a bit.

Talk about another comfort zone: couples! ;)
I was interested in what was going on behind them in comparison to her facial expressions.
And these dots of red are lovely in this one I think.

And yes, more couples. Groups of couples to be exact.
Just loved the levels and positions of people in this one.
Couples to the left, trios to the right, please.

Apart from the park photos I got some other green things for my collection, too.
A great bonus was catching that family lost in the background. ;)

And this lady in front of the toilets trying to find her way.
Nice levels of action in this one, too I think.

This was just plain weird. This man stood here for several minutes just staring in the horizon.
People passed him, took photos of the square, a cleaner sweeped by, tourists bumped into him, and there he stood. Then all of a sudden in a quiet lull he snapped out of it, look at me and walked away. That's the beauty of London for you. :)

My favourite from today was this beautiful couple having words in the middle of the square. Lucky for me he was wearing this pullover, too. Couples in public are fascinating topic for me. It all started by accident, unconsciously, me photographing them, but now that I'm more aware of my pull for them I like catching those moments that "make" being with someone so special. His passiveness is excellent in this particular photo. A classic couple stereotype enacted right in front of my eyes. :)

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Touch of Green


So, it's been a while, but hello! I've had a little hiatus from photography for the past couple weeks (since I finished the colour pink actually). Today was the first time I got out with a sole purpose of taking some new photographs. Before I got to the South Bank I stopped over at the Hayward Gallery for some inspiration. It's the last weeks of the Alexander Rodchenko exhibition and I'm so glad I caught it. Very inspirational in especially angles and composition. Catch it if you can!

After filling up on the inspirational side I went down South Bank to try to catch green things for this months Project Rainbow theme. Feeling a bit overused and photographed about the whole South Bank I was trying to see if I could catch something "new" whilst I was there. I've always been a great fan of impressionistic photography, so I'm quite pleased how this angle turned out of the London Eye.

The light certainly was as changeable as in impressionistic paintings, hence a little overblow on the silver hair(s) in this one. But the ladies were the cutest thing in the queue to go around in the eye today.

There was a lot of kerfuffle going on due to the Olympic torch coming through this way tomorrow to London.
I loved to see the men of London hard at work, as always… ;)

Oh yes, I did take a photo of you and not the London Eye.
In the series of suspicious people (being right). :D

Best viewed large. This visual pun made me smile.

With Project Rainbow my intention originally was to concentrate on one colour at a time, but I've slipped a bit and taken shots in different colours when I've seen something interesting. I think there are already about ten blue photos, including this one, in my stash so I might as well add them to Flickr as well. :)

Like this one, too. Why join a tour group if you don't like what you hear? ;)

All and all it was a lovely, cultural morning for me today. Not having taken any photos for a while meant I felt a bit rusty again and I didn't take as many photos I would on average (good) day, but I hope you've enjoyed these. Spring is coming to London, the days are longer and I'm planning to spend more time with my camera in my hand in the next month, so watch this space. :)

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