A short walk around the country lanes today. Found a crashed car, a new house build and the snowdrops have started to shoot out the ground.
In an attempt to get fit this year, I have continued to walk around Guildford in my lunch hour. I try not to have any specific route, and this can lead me into the countryside, residential areas and industrial parks. On my daily wanders I take photos of the scenery.
I haven't had much time over the last few months to get to London for a street walk. I felt a little out of practice and found it difficult to get into the rhythm of it all. I started at Tottenham Court Road Underground station and walked up Oxford Street to Bond Street. I crossed over and double backed to Regents Street and walked around Carnaby Street before heading over to Chinatown and Piccadilly. After coffee in the Picturehouse Central I walked back to Oxford Street and up Regents Street to Regents Park Underground Station.
Oxford Street and the central shopping district of London is a ideal place to hang out and find interesting viewpoints and people to photograph.
I spent the day in London this week. A long wander which took me from Liverpool Street station to Farringdon via Brick Lane, Shoreditch and London Wall.
I had no clear reason, no objective. I wanted to immerse myself in the streets and let London guide me. I'm becoming an urban wanderer. I don't need maps or signposts as such. I like to simply be lost and find things along the way.
Once navigating myself east, I approached Brick Lane and decided the observe the community. However, I soon became overwhelmed by the street art and graffiti on every flat surface. Shoreditch is a place of expression on an urban level.
The creativity is very high however not every image is to a good standard. I love this piece, found at Pedley Street, towards Allen Gardens.
However, many of the artwork is either badly copied, defaced or simply full of tags. There are also some bold structures around Shoreditch; remnants of the old high walls, run down shops and workers yards. These are peppered with swanky new housing developments and boutique shops.
I look forward to wandering around here again in another few years.
In London attending a comedy show, this afternoon. While there, I thought I would spend a few hours prior to the gig wandering the streets of the financial district around Lime Street. Leadenhall Market is over 100 years old and looks absolutely beautiful. I think it was the inspiration for the Harry Potter's 'Diagon Alley' styling and atmosphere. I wish there were more places like this is London.
This month I have been documenting items on the floor in a project titled, "Left Objects". People drop many things along the roadside and in fields. Some are simply litter dropped by careless individuals who should know better. Some things are overspill from rubbish bins and neglected trash bags. And some are lost. Whatever they are, they are all left behind for others to deal with, walk past or pick up.
The world can be viewed many different ways. Remember that your neighbour although close, could have a completely different outlook.
I don't travel on public transport at night very often. However, there is an eery sense of loneliness standing on platforms alone waiting for trains. I normally travel during the day and I'm normally stood with thousands of people cluttering my view of the world. Shooting at night brings an element of calm, method approach to photography. Simple lines go on forever in the harsh light. Actually, I find it easier to spot patterns and shapes when I'm not busying myself with daily punctuality.
A day trip out with my son. He loves trains and transport, so we spent the day riding the London underground. I only took my iPhone and Hipstamatic. It's great for capturing moments, abstracts, architecture and people. The iPhone is extremely discreet and I love the 'old film' analog look that Hipstamatic offers.