The Shard, London

The Shard, London 2020

Although I am scared of heights, I like going up tall buildings. Whenever I visit a new city, I’ll search for a tall building to look at it from.

But I’ve never been up The Shard. So I couldn’t say whether it was worth the entry fee. In a slightly connected way, I can recommend St Paul’s Cathedral – there is a whole post I could do about that! As an aside, my favourite view of London is from Parliament Hill.

It feels a bit poignent, because I took this early last year before the lockdown.

Alice’s, London

Alice’s , Portobello Road, 2004

Years ago, I used to live in west London and favourite thing to do on a Saturday, was to get up very early and slowly walk east and see how far I could get.

Despite what people tell you, London isn’t a huge place and I regularly made it to St Paul’s.

This photo comes from one of these walks, I don’t think I ever walked any closer to the shop to find out what it sold. I like how rich the red came out (no I didn’t tweak it). As I recall, I was using a Bronica SQA and an 80mm lens on FujiFilm Provia 100. I wonder if the shop looks as grand when it is open?

Another Tree in the Park, Kensington

Tree, Kensignton Gardens, 2017

Whilst today, it is bucketing down with rain outside, I generally love Autumn.

I remember a while ago listening to James Ravilious talking about the “challenge” of green in the landscape. My solution, is to wait until Autumn, when it isn’t green anymore. A challenge I found particularly back in the film days, was that different films rendered green in vastly different ways. Obviously when working digitally, colours can be adjusted.

Anyway, I saw this one Saturday as I walked into the park from Kensigton High Street – the colours seemed make it stand out from its surroundings.