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I don’t stumble through Lancaster Gate’s turnstiles by chance. When I join Ian Brumpton for spritely street photo walks I have ended up here. The one other reason is to visit the Serpentine Gallery and their new Pavilion each year. Here’s a shot from my 2013 visit.

It’s a fast 10 minute walk through the well tended gardens to the Pavilion so, in this 30 degree weather, drink plenty of water!

Serpentine Gallery Pavillion, 2014, by Smiljan Radić

Smiljan Radić is the fourteenth architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary Pavilion outside the entrance to the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens.

Occupying a footprint of some 514 square metres on the lawn of the Serpentine Gallery, plans depict a semi-translucent, cylindrical structure of fibreglass, designed to resemble a shell, which rests on large quarry stones. This work has its roots in the architect’s earlier work, particularly The Castle of the Selfish Giant, inspired by the Oscar Wilde story and the Restaurant Mestizo – part of which is supported by large boulders.

The 2014 Pavilion is designed as a flexible, multi-purpose social space with a café sited inside. Visitors will be encouraged to enter and interact with the Pavilion in different ways throughout its four month tenure in the Park.

 

As I wander London’s streets I look up. I’m not referring to a moment, I mean the entire day.

Long ago I discovered, all too slowly for a reasonably intelligent person, I looked at everything as a tourist and, as a London worker bee, virtually nothing I wasn’t about to trip over.

I try to see the landscape with the people in it and my street photography reflects a style of unwaveringly long depths of field and significant backdrops.

Sometimes you don’t need people.

Blackfriar's Solar Bridge

Urban Landscape
We all take photos of the Tube and why shouldn’t we?! Definitely one aspect of London’s identity.

More often than not people make the scene.

Future Perfect

It’s not an intrusion. Don’t ignore the landscape.

Awesome Saturday

September 23, 2013 — Leave a comment

Time pinched our valuable bits and sprinted away from us on Saturday! Figuratively speaking, of course.

We fully intended to make use of the London Open House and, in the end, managed only to see City Hall before we had to be in Brick Lane. You can see the great efforts of others in the official Flickr Pool.

City Hall

I did take a few shots but, and I waited for this one, the above photo really captures the spirit of Open House; great architecture, open to all. If you click through you can see father and son lying supine on the ground, camera pointed to the ceiling.

Of course, the day is obviously too long for some.

Offline

And then on to Brick Lane. My better half is smitten with her Olympus OMD EM-5 and wanted to go see the ‘Olympus Image Space’ installation. Each day there have been several sessions where visitors can use their own camera or try out the new EM-1 with the various lenses on offer.

I politely stuck with my Monochrom and I don’t think I let the Leica side down!

Colin Nell

Air

This is Cleveland who was running the sessions for Saturday.

R. Cleveland Aaron

Not a bad haul for a weekend!

Down Tools!

September 21, 2013 — Leave a comment

Bentley & Co.

It’s London Open House this weekend, so set down those tools and scrape yourselves out of bed!

Here’s a couple from me from last year, City Hall and Queen’s House.

Dizzy

Tulip StaircaseGood luck all!

Michael

 

The British Library

September 18, 2013 — Leave a comment

The Lives Of Others
The Lives Of Others

Did you know, through the Copyright Act of 1911, there is an established principle of the legal deposit that ensures the British Library and five other libraries in Great Britain and Ireland are entitled to receive a free copy of every item published or distributed in Britain?!

They haven’t asked for any of my images.

Is that a bad sign?

Next Steps

August 18, 2013 — 1 Comment

Thought I’d let you know I’ll be offline for a few days. I’m getting married and very excited too!

Can’t leave you without a photo and this, Bridge of Aspiration just off Covent Garden, was taken a few days ago.

Bridge Of Aspiration

I was hoping this was going to be accessible for London Open House, but I don’t think it is. Boo.

I didn’t realise how bored these people look until I opened the image in PS!

180 Degree Turn

Islington Business Design Centre

Bird Feeder

Streetside Make Over