Ah, July

It has been scorching hot. Usually I escape the city this time of year, but not this July around. Apart from a working weekend in South of France I’ve been sweating it out in London. At the moment I feel like that little boy at Marseille airport pining for a change of scenery…

Here is what I saw this last month though:

Beautiful commuting light (oh how I love the symmetry in this photo!).

Different kind of sea life. ;)

A wolf pack…

… other kinds of packs (& bricks).

Victims of saddle theft.

Disapproving faces.

Not much of Daughter during their gig at Somerset House. :P

And freedom.

I’m off to Finland in a few days (can.not.wait) finally for my summer holidays. (Can I still say summer holidays in August?) It’s been scorching over there this summer, but I can’t wait for the pace of life over there to slow me down, too.

Unusually I’m bringing my DSLR with me, use of it will be pending on weather/motivation/location. ;)

See you in a month’s time for the results! <3

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Joyous June

Let’s try and keep the wheels turning and make these updates monthly again, shall we? :) At least before we flip to the end of July…

The summer has been a bit stop-start with my photography. As I shoot more weddings and as the temperatures rise, I find myself snapping away less for my own enjoyment. That said it’s not been too bad looking at the photos collected around from the last month.

I’ve mainly hung out in London, stalking the streets as usual for people, stridebys, street art and quirky coincidences. The highlight of the month was my long weekend in Cornwall and actually flying back to London.

I say flying back, becausethe view along the South coast of England was something pretty special. The above is somewhere above Dorset (Bournemouth). Back in London things heated up quite quickly…

… and I was back stalking couples. As usual. ;)

All and all it was a lovely June, in the end of the month it finally started to feel like summer, too.

This last photo is my favourite from the month. I actually left the pub across the road in the middle of the conversation I was having (about the World Cup) to take this photo when I saw the guy go up that ladder to pin those letters up. Thank goodness for very understanding friends. :D

Hip hip and on towards the July update (soon!). :)


past three months aka Spring 2014

I was so sure I’d showed you something from this spring already and that I only had couple months to sum up, but hey – quarter of the year passed and here I am.

Here’s the best of the past three months for you.

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

In the past three months I’ve been to London – Stockholm – Helsinki & Dublin and I started in university to do a 12 month degree alongside my full time work.

It’s been busy, otherwise I wouldn’t have neglected you for this long. :( I still keep snapping, and you can keep up on the almost daily observations on instagram (@pebaline) if you need a more frequent fix.

And hey! All of a sudden it’s summer! <3

 

 


February mashup

Doesn’t it seem odd we are to March already in 2014? I will never get used to the byproduct of adulthood which is the speeding up of time.

In summary: February flashed by.

Like, what’s the big deal?

I keep doing the same things, believe in the same stuff and hope for the better the same as every year. And still continue to be obsessed with these people walking past walls. It’s my current favourite in instagram hashtags. :)

But how could I resists scenes, backdrops and light like in these photos? I’ve always been a ‘head on’ photographer so #peoplewalkingpastwalls is right up my street (pun intended and all!). ;)

There are always the exceptions to the rule, of course…

But you’re more than likely to find me  straight up chasing moments straight up like these. :)

Another fascination of mine that hasn’t let go since I first started doing street photography is couples. From the past nine years or so photos of couples form the significant bulk of my portfolio. So much so I don’t even consciously recognise I go for these moments until the photo has been taken.

I call these two photos the ‘faces of true love’.

Both were taken in the same place on Valentine’s Day. :)

February 22nd marked another milestone in my life. It’s been 15 years since I moved to UK and I decided to celebrate the anniversary by going right to the top of St Paul’s Cathedral. I’d never been in all these years and it felt right day to do the climb. I’ll do a whole post of the experience separately as it was something special.

In the past 15 years London has become more than a favourite city or just a place I call home. It truly is the love of my life and I can’t wait to keep sharing more of this wonderful city with you. <3


January flux

The month of January slipped by in a squally rain and I was caught obsessing over people walking past walls.

… or walking towards me. :)

In the middle of the grey routine I had a little break of a long weekend whilst my sister visited me in London and we managed to do a day trip to Oxford as well.

I really liked Oxford. I’d only been there very briefly in the past and being able to do a whole touristy day was lovely. The city is a perfect mix of high street, markets, independent coffee shops, history and architecture. And everything is walkable. Even the rain at the end of the didn’t dampen our mood.

In London we visited the Photographer’s Gallery to see the David Lynch/Andy Warhol exhibition. Both a real disappointment, even more so for the £4 entrance fee (yes, a relatively low for London, but still having to pay for both really stung). Both floors were just average snaps of everyday things & situations (industrially themed for Lynch) that I felt heavily relied on the name (fame) of the person rather than any artistic credit or value. Not a good start to the year to inspire me.

Therefore we popped over to Tate Modern as well and visiting there on a week day is a real treat for me. It’s less busy and the guards are much more relaxed, so much so I was able to capture this beauty of a moment very easily. :)

Otherwise it was back to normal in regards to work, commute and snapping away with minimal daylight hours for the end of the month.

Having to find inspiration from rain has been surprisingly fruitful though.

Feeling the days get a fraction longer every evening has been helping me get through the start of the year, I can’t wait to have more light in my life! :)


think like a bird flies

Trying to step up a gear with the street photography I went to my favourite London playground, the South Bank this afternoon.

The South of the river Thames is easy pickings for sweet street moments, but I tried to work on not going for the easy, sitting duck ones today.

The challenge was to juxtapose the classic London with a twist. The little boy with the fake mustache made my day. :)

Stepping away from the busy touristy part, Lower Marsh by Waterloo is another favourite strip of street photography for me as well.

And when the night fell I realised I need to get out more to take more photos (and really start saving for the 28mm lens!).

By far my two favourite photos today were taken with my iPhone though. Yes, I do whip it out to snap away with, it’s a habit hard to break. ;)

Sometimes great photos happen when you just keep your eyes and your heart open. :)


weekend hues

I can’t quite believe this myself, but I actually went out today purposefully to do some street photography.With my Canon. I know! :D

It was a quiet, dusky blue hued late afternoon in my neighbourhood. There were not that many people around to be all upfront about with my camera.

Instead I currently seem to be obsessed by stridebys. There were a lot of good ones of those today.

I also found this new little corner in London. The Cross Bones Graveyard is an urban shrine to the outcast. You can read more about it here.

This is what I love about this city the most, no matter how long I have lived here and walked on these streets, there is always something new and surprising just around the corner.

This ‘Before I die…’ wall is still going strong. Surprisingly (or not) many wishes were about sex, drugs and love, including a proposal. :)

Another thing I also love is when people match their urban surroundings, like in these two above photos. Although I’m rusty with this genre London seemed to give me a bit of a break today.