Sorry You’re Leaving, Bloomsbury

Leaving Card, Bloomsbury, London – 2005

Back in the mists of time, my favourite way to spend a day, was wandering around London. I found this in Bloomsbury, an area of central London near the British Museum. There are lots of small offices connected with the media and adertising – and I saw this card by the entrace to one of them. Looking at it, I’m wondering whether it fell deiberately or by mistake!

Elvis Presley Birthplace, USA

Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum, Tupelo, Mississippi 2003

A road trip picture.

Once upon a time, for my holiday, I would pick 3 or places (in different states) and then spend a week or so travelling to each of them, stopping the car when I saw something interesting. Lots of time spent listening to the radio, watching the landscape slowly change outside.

I enjoyed my visit to the birthplace museum, I had a little chat with a member of staff as we looked at one of Elvis’s late jumpsuits. She was more late Elvis, while I was more early Elvis.

The house itself looked rather neat and trim. I wondered if it was like that when Elvis lived there.

Tammisaari, Finland

Near Tammisaari, Finland 2004

Sometimes, I think being from the UK makes the rest of the world seem a much more dramatic place. People start to moan when the weather even gets near to 0 and when it goes a couple of degrees below, certain newspapers start trumpeting about an”arctic vortex”, when really, it is just a bit cold.

In Finland by contrast, no one mentions the weather until it gets to about -15 degrees or so. A Finnish friend asked me why I thought it was strange to ride a bicycle in the snow – it was perfectly normal to her.

If the whole cold thing interests you, I recommend visiting the Culture Museum in Helsinki. I particularly enjoyed reading about Kai Donner’s adventures in northern Finland, where it gets really cold.

Anyway, when I took this picture, it must have only been about -10. And it wasn’t windy. So no macho points for me.

But it was very quiet and still, possibly silent.

River, Clayton, GA

Clayton, Georgia, USA 2003

I don’t find it easy to take square landscapes. Here I was trying to use the curve of the river’s edge to lead your eye through the frame, but I’m not sure it works.

I believe Clayton is in the north of Georgia where once you might have found bears in the countryside, but no longer. I did find some rather large deer which burst from a bush as I walked through the forest, making me jump. But that was it.

Garden, Japan

Kyoto Imperial Palace, Japan 2018

I wander between photographing in squares and rectangles. My squares tend to be more thoughtful, because I’m using an inverted image on a ground glass which is just a slower way of doing things.

I really enjoyed my visit to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, it is beautifully cared for and the staff give the impression that they are very proud of it.

Here, I have shared an image from the gardens, which I rather enjoyed.

Fire Station No.11, Atlanta

Fire Station N.11, Atlanta, USA 2000

Two views of the same subject.

When you first move to new area, you make a real effort to explore and take in where you live. So when I moved to Georgia, I spent quite a while exploring downtown Atlanta.

It turns out, Fire Station No11 is quite a famous building, which is on the National Historical Buildings Register. You can see, even when I took this picture almost 20 years ago, it hadn’t been used as a fire station for sometime. Now, it is a restaurant. I remember when I took the picture, the contrast with the other buildings in Mid-town, which towered over it. I believe the Bell South office behind the fire station still exists and is now AT&T.

Fire Station No.11, Atlanta, USA, 2000

Sorry You’re Leaving? London

Card, Bloomsbury, London 2004

This is another ‘details’ picture.

I found it outside an office building in Bloomsbury, London. I suppose most of my interest is narrative- “Was it thrown or was it lost?”. Part of me wants to write a short story about it.

Foliage, Tokyo

Tree, Tokyo December 2018

This is a photograph I took in Ueno Park, which is in the centre of Tokyo. If we zoomed out, you would see that Ueno is the distict where the Zoo and National Museum are (a fascinating place as well). It is rather beautiful and manages rich colours, even in the middle of winter.

Although, it feels like a worn phrase, but I think Japan (and the Japanese) is very good at details and little touches.

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.