My holiday is almost over, but here is a little preview… Estonia was amazing, Finland has been amazing – I have relaxed, tanned, eaten well and had a great time all and all. I'll blog some more when I'm back in London, but I couldn't resist showing you the glorious summer day over the Baltic Sea.

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Oh man! I finally completed the purple colour set for Project Rainbow! It's taken me two months, and I'm not too proud of the fact. But I went out yesterday afternoon to St Paul's and Tate Modern with my camera with cut throat attitude that I will get my last five photos before I go off on my holiday, and I have to say purple karma was very good. I on the other hand for the first time in a long time was a bit timid about taking photos in certain situations. Don't know what that was about…

St Paul's is great. I love going for a coffee around this area just for the architecture and people watching.

Managed to get a double shot of someone lost and wearing purple. Snaps like these always give a little more satisfaction. I think my best combo this far has been three themes in one photo. :)

Mobile phones. The modern noise pollution…

I got couple great photos from this spot, but this was my favourite one.Very cool London indeed. ;)

This is one of my favourite spots to take photos in London, too. In all the years I've found a few backdrops where interesting photos always emerge. Really lovely layers and interesting mix of people walked into this one yesterday.

Time for the personal favourites… I really loved how these two men mirrored each other without even knowing.
What was that thing I said about modern noise pollution earlier? :D

Summer on the South Bank. The best place to be, in so many ways. :)
This is of course the opposite of this original.

A super lighting effect by the Sun! I love this bubble so much it's not right. :D
I also love how the woman at the bottom is lit up when the guy at the top is scratching his head, almost thinking "how'd she do that?" :D

And now that purple is complete I can start my holidays with a clear conscience. I'm off to Finland and Estonia for a bit with my cameras. I really have fallen in love with that Fuji 800Z colour film I've been shooting most of my 35mm Holga photos this summer. There is no comparison for it in colour saturation! So, I have some in my bags to take with me, and I hope to complete the blue set either during or just after my holidays. After all it's only five photos to go to complete the whole project. Scary! :)

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Saturday at South Bank

It's not been much of a summer here in London this year. One of the reasons I'm really looking forward to my summer holiday away in the end of the month actually. But the changeable weather has given a cloud lover like myself some stunning photo opportunities (like above). And despite the cool-ish weather there were plenty people around today to help me pull my socks up with the colour purple…

Like these girls hanging about waiting for… something.
I love the odd one out. Only dead fish go with the flow, right? :D

Some people come with their own subtitles…

And some people are too cool for school. The low tide makes life by the Thames a real beach.

It might have been the length of the queue to get on the London Eye that shocked her.
It's pretty long on July Saturdays. Trust me. :)

It's better to enjoy the sound installation Volume by the Royal Festival Hall.
The annual fountain is back too, no cliché photos by it today though. ;)

  Instead another cliché – photographers taking photos of other photographers.
Lovely. ;) This is by the graffiti street behind Waterloo station. Stunning art, go see it!

Let's finish with hugs all around today!
Summer + love = London. ;)

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just another manic Monday

I often get asked about what it's like to live in London or why I choose to live here. From this on I would like to answer with this photo. What could be more amazing than coming out of your regular station on your boring sticky Monday commute home and walk to the middle of people dancing tango? That's the best thing about London – it surprises you with the most wonderful things just when you thought it possibly couldn't pull it off any more.

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No way Norway

Greetings dear Vox! It's been a while, yes? Maybe because I have been busy/ill/away/letting Project Rainbow Purple go down the drain. Maybe I'm allowed to have a little summer holiday? :) Well, I did have a little break last weekend and went over to gorgeous, gorgeous Bergen in Norway. I took my Holga 35mm camera with me to shoot some proper photos, too, as you can see.

Proper photos of Norwegian Vikings. Well, modern Vikings I suppose. :)

And proper photos of proper Norwegian madams, too. ;)

As well as some proper art photos. Look at this gorgeous double exposure courtesy of lazy/forgetful winding up of film a la yours truly. I love happy photo accidents like this. :)

If you ever have a chance to visit Bergen please please make sure you visit the home of Edvard Grieg, Troldhaugen. His house is not actually the house in the photo on the left, but these two went together in a cute way. The place itself is amazing. Really. Some proof below:

The summer was so lush and green. BTW – Can you find the people in this 2nd photo? :)

I came back to London well-rested and relaxed on Monday, and I'm missing the place so badly already. (Thank you so much F&S!) I'm finding it hard to find the right words to describe it really, but I do love Norway very much. :) Things are now getting back to "normal" and I'm having to pull my purple socks up and start getting my set together! Purple is proving to be the most difficult colour to photograph for me in the whole project. And there I was thinking that orange was going to be the hardest one! :P

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