Tree, St. James’s Park

Tree, St. James’s Park, London 2019

St James’s Park, is probably my favourite in London. In the Summer it gets very crowded, but first thing in the morning as the sun comes up, it really is lovely.

This picture isn’t first thing in the morning, but I do like the contrast between the soft pink of the blossoms and the deep green of the grass. Yes, that is the MoD Building behind the trees.

Edit – 20.06.20

As usual, when I posted this, I avoided mentioning that this was the first day of the lockdown. I wonder if posting a picture of an almost empty public space was a way of commenting on this.

Asiatic Lion, London Zoo

Asiatic Lion, London Zoo, February 2020

I think I have written before about my ambivalence towards zoos. And yet, I always seem to seek them out (the same with aquariums).

The weather was grey and wet as I made my way across Regent’s Park and went to ZSL London Zoo. It is rather expensive to go in (£30 for adults), but since I hadn’t been there in 15 years or so (and that was with a school party) I paid up and went in. In their defence I can’t begin to imagine how expensive it must be to run.

I expect I will update this post when I have processed my films, because there were quite a few charismatic animals, but I found this Asiatic lion having a rest in the shelter. I must say compared to the lionesses, he really did seem to mastered the whole “taking it easy” rather well. No worry lines on his face. If you are wondering, his name is Bhanu.

Grocer, London

Ragbir, Ealing, London 2003

Sometimes, life fits into phases. My London phase was marked with frequent house moves and fleeting acquaintances. But for a time, Ragbir ran my local shop and we quite often had little chats as I came in to buy odds and ends. He e was a laugh. And then one day, he said he’d had enough of early mornings and was selling up. Another family bought the place, but it wasn’t the same.

Butcher, London

Butcher, London 2004

My wife has just asked me why I took this picture. Slow intake of breath. Because I did!

At the time, I was very interested in “Working London”, particularly places which worked unusual hours, Smithfield Market (which is nearby) for example. London can be a fascinating place.

Anyway, so I liked the colours on the sign and the wear on the shutters, and yes being British was amused by the public toilet sign which seems almost on top of the shop. Handy!

Technical Details. 80mm lens on a Bronica SQA. Provia 100 slide film. Yes, on a tripod.

Sunset, London

Sunset, Kensigton Gardens 2019

At last, a recent picture! I took this yesterday.

I like sunset, particularly in Northern Europe where it can last a while (unlike in the tropics, where the Sun disappears with the haste of a light switch).

On this occasion, I was standing by the Serpentine, looking towards Kensington Gardens, when I saw the light coming through the trees and picking out the yellow leaves. And I took a picture.

Technical Details. Slightly unusual here, I have lately been using a DXO One camera. On this occasion, I didn’t have it attached to my phone, so I was peering at the tiny screen. So far, I have been quite pleased with the results – and it is tiny (I can make a fist around it). Perhaps I will write a review one day.

Senate House, London

Senate House, London 1994

Senate House is one of Bloomsbury’s landmarks, along with the British Museum and Russell Square.

Designed by Charles Holden as part of a larger development which was never built. Construction lasted between 1932-1937.

This was one of the first pictures I took with my (new to me) Rolleiflex. The original print is beautifully rich in detail. I also like the contrast between the almost white building and the almost black sky (did I use an orange filter?).

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, London

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, London March 2018

One of the things about being off the coast of a continent, is that you can never be quite sure what the weather will do next. Last March, just as we were coming out of winter, it suddenly snowed quite heavily and gave us all a surprise.

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, London April 2018

One month later, the snow has gone and it is definitely Spring.

Everything passes.

An Eye on the Ground, London

Camden, London 2003

Most of my photos come from long walks. I suppose my camera is a dog substitute, encouraging me out the door in the morning.

While I sometimes enjoy taking pictures of people, more often, I take pictures of details I notice. Here, the tarmac round the access hatch has sunk and cracked, which to me looks a little like an eye and eyebrow.

Technical bits. I took this with a Rolleiflex on FujiFilm Provia 100. Slide film in 120 looks particularly jewel-like.