Archives For Open House London

King Of The Castle

November 8, 2013 — 1 Comment

Modern Castles
What a fortuitous find on one of my regular walks around London yesterday. There are no tricks or esoteric lenses at work here, it’s a curved wall on Bishopsgate.


Leica Camera BlogIt has been a great week for the Michael Walker-Toye brand. A few days after London Open House informed me I was their Competition winner I contacted Leica to inform them my winning image was captured on their very own M Monochrom camera. Upon seeing my photography, they were excited to announce my win and formalise this in an interview along with some of my other photos. The internet team at Leica, notable mention to Rachel at Leica Mayfair, did a fantastic job pushing this out through all their social media streams.

What a fantastic response! With amazing support and feedback from family, peers and friends I really do have a big smile on my face, so thank you all!

Please keep watching, there’s lots more to come.

Have a great weekend


MWT Open House Winner

View a larger version of this image on my Flickr stream

Despite our plans to visit multiple locations on the weekend of London’s Open House, this year, Suzy and I only managed to visit City Hall.

I was keen to capture the visitors, mostly Londoners I would imagine, looking up and admiring the fantastic work of Sir Norman Foster.

I am so pleased with this win, considering the quality of the judging panel, AJ’s art editor Brad Yendle, The Photographers’ Gallery director Brett Rogers, architectural photographers Grant Smith and Dennis Gilbert, and Victoria Thornton, the founder of Open House London.

My work has become well known for, as this competition’s theme puts it “People in place”, so it’s a great boon for my London based street photography style to be recognised in this competition.

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.


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


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.


Tulip StaircaseGood luck all!



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.

Daily Awesome Photo

September 27, 2012 — Leave a comment

One of the great ideas… well probably the great idea behind Open House is the chance to see and photograph interiors.

Broadgate Tower

Floor 1, Broadgate Tower. 6 exposures gave their lives for the creation of this image.

Daily Awesome Photo

September 26, 2012 — Leave a comment

Green. Blue.

Green. Blue.

Taken in Broadgate Tower. I was hoping to visit the 18th floor where, in previous Open House London events, this floor was a huge open space with a super view across London. Only the first floor was free to visit.

These escalators are quite long and the green is slower than the blue. I had to wait patiently for a mother to escort her 2 toddlers up and down the blue one. Then the green escalator. One by one too!