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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.

 

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

 

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.

The Matrix

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013. Designed by Sou Fujimoto.

“It is a really fundamental question how architecture is different from nature, or how architecture could be part of nature, or how they could be merged…what are the boundaries between nature and artificial things.”

Sou Fujimoto

Private Property [Explored May 9, 2013 #246]

Private Property

I spotted the space, the people and the security guard almost at the same time.

My very next thought was about the centre piece in this hidden from the street scene and how they might have engineered the water to flow invisibly to the surface and flow equally over the four edges. So, and now a few seconds have passed, I see the people – some tourists, some office workers – are going about their business and sitting and walking by.

The private security guard is staring at me as I survey the scene. He has decided for me that I should take a photograph.

It is becoming more and more frequent that I get approached by private security, which means that a) there’s a hell of a lot of great london architecture that is privately owned and patrolled and b) why target photographers?

I can understand stopping those of us that turn up with medium and large format cameras on a sturdy tripod. You might not be wrong jumping to the conclusion that this is a commercial effort for said photographer. I got pretty adept at setting up out of sight, running into position, shoot 3 frames and run away!

But as far as this guard knew, I had a little digital camera and was just taking a few snaps.

“You can’t take photographs here. It’s private property.”.

He’s right, I don’t have too many rights here, so I mumble protest and move on. I’d already got the shot.

I’m getting some flak for this image, but I stand by its value as a comment on so many of the architected spaces in central London.

Have a great weekend all
Michael

Pontoon Dock

This is Pontoon Dock, a station on London’s Docklands Light Railway. I ventured specifically to this stop to take a shot of the Thames Barrier. The view of the Barrier from this park is an excellent composition without having to pay money to get nearer, but you really need the light to be in the right place. So, moral of this story and for you my photographically inclined friends – check where the light is before heading out 😉

This is what the light was like in the right direction. Nice clouds too, eh?! Pah!

Pontoon Dock

I did take the opportunity to walk the streets, so straight to the images and starting with some of the views from around the Docklands.

Road to Canary Wharf

East India

This could be my favourite from the day. The scene reminded me of the Last Supper and I just took the shot, luckily getting 12 people in the frame.

The Last ... Platform

A couple from Old Spitalfields Market.

Old Spitalfield's Market

Old Spitalfield's Market

Brick Lane

Brick Lane

National Maritime Museum Concert

Emerging from the Ansel Adams exhibition, there was a concert

Have a great weekend all and keep shooting!

And, if you want to go on a photo tour with me around London, let me know.

Michael