There is no denying that we have now entered my favourite season of the year. I love autumn and a warm, travel filled September meant not that many critically acclaimed street photos, but a lot of sweet memories I am happy to share with you.
In the middle of the month I had the pleasure to visit Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands. It was nothing like I had expected – my expectations were mainly based on reading the wonderful The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer some years ago.
And then I was off to Cannes to enjoy another sea breeze. I’d not been before and really enjoyed the off season calmness and relaxing sunshine that you can only be kissed by in the South of France.
Back in London I am now getting reacquainted with my favourite city by visiting my favourite parts, like St Paul’s…
… Postman’s Park…
… and Spitalfields.
I was also super lucky at the end of the month to bump into the Pearly Kings & Queens annual Harvest Festival. These people are as London as you can get!
I just love such random encounters in this city. Here’s to more of them now I am going to be having time to start roaming the street with my camera in hand for the rest the year. :)
Autumn is like an old book:
Marred spines turn mean yellow,
staples rust red-orange.
Every stained page is stressed
by a splat of color. Rough-red,
like an old tavern,
we become hungry birds
and prepare for fall.
Shape and shadow are candied citron
as lanterns turn bitter yellow.
Autumn is a red fox,
a goblet filled with dark wine,
a hot chilli pepper with smoky eyes.
Pressed leaves take in the colors
of seafood paella and saffron; these leaves
are like death, climaxing with a smile.
Autumn: Her dress is a net of mussels;
dark shelled, it covers up
summer’s weatherbeaten body.
So pull out your boots
and stand on an aged, wood floor
like an evergreen.
Poem: Autumn by Mary Hamrick
September arrived busy and demanding.
With a scent of autumn carried in with the rain.
I couldn’t shake the feel of urgency even when sitting still.
The crush of it all at times overwhelming.
But mainly just exhausting.
It was an effort to make myself press pause.
Things were getting a little bit too crazy.
At times I felt I could just scream.
So I stopped to focus on just breathing.
Exhaling I realised that the next great thing is waiting for me just around the corner.
I started hearing the tune of what really is important again.
And I was back on track.
August, like many months flew by and here is what I saw during its 31 days.
My new office has introduced me to some new areas in London. My favourite this far is the Granary Square just behind Kings Cross. The new home to the Central Saint Martins it also houses couple lovely cafes and restaurants, fountains, these steps to mill around at lunch time and a direct route to Camden Lock via the canal walk. Bingo!
The month seems to have been full of some funny observations. The weirdest one is probably this one below:
What an earth is he doing with that saw?!
I’m trying to avoid taking the ‘easy’ commuting photos from the tube but couldn’t resist this moment at Tottenham Court Road.
Certainly the month was all about observing people. And creepy balloons.
And this is my favourite photo from August:
This is the direction I really want to go with my street photography. No apologies for the pun of a picture below. :D
Hope your autumn has started pleasantly!
September in London is always lovely, and I can’t wait to share with you photos of the colourful days ahead of us.
October was dark and rainy. Changing the clocks at the end of the month always makes me a little bit melancholic as it means the days will draw in and the cold, grey days of winter are just around the corner.
The loss of day light also means that I can start the candle seasons again at home. There is nothing more cosy that watching good films on my sofa in candle light. I know, I know, how girly, right? :)
Since the wedding season has now also come to an end my social life has picked up having whole weekends free. I’ve attended an illegal amount of leaving dos in the past month as well, as the ripple effect of the changes at work has meant a lot of lovely people have decided to move on. Mr Percy here wasn’t part of my social circle, I just spotted him in Camden on my way home one Friday night.
Working in Camden has other benefits, too… like spotting this at lunch time whilst waiting for my bento box. ;)
Free weekends have also meant that I’m out and about with a lot of people at the same time, and can spot and shoot people like these. I just loved the mix of fashion and positioning of these five whilst waiting for a friend at Oxford Circus.
And how about this lovely scene I was so lucky to capture on my way home via Euston? The best street photography moments are for me in the timing and the little details. :)
November has rolled in with more changeable weather, socialising and lovely moments already. I’m really looking forward to my Christmas break and 2013 already. Not long now! :)
The ghosts of summer were banished in September as the autumn crept up on us in London slowly…
My month was busy, exhausting at times, and at the moment I am quite happy to be in the middle of crisp, sunny days. Autumn is after all my favourite season. :)
There are some lovely shots in the middle of the lazy ones I have taken in the past four weeks; my favourite ones decorate this tired summary.
Honestly, there are days I am delighted to have caught some amazing moments, like this.
And then there are days where I cannot wait for New Year’s Eve to bring this mammoth of a project to an end…
Until then, there is no stopping now! I hope you’re still enjoying the details in my daily fabric.