We had a very long and tiring day out in London with GNPC today. Starting off in St. Katharine’s
Dock, our assignment was to find something which represented the docks but eliminated the clutter. My favourite shot from the morning was this one of WILL [see left]. I enjoyed the walk there, as I haven’t been for many years. Then we headed off along the Thames Path on the north bank to Trafalgar Square, where we were able to grab some lunch amid the chaos of the tourists.
Next stop was Piccadilly Circus where the brief was to find something iconic to take, whilst still trying to be original. That’s quite difficult at such a well-photographed location. My offering was a simple view of Eros with the blue sky and a con trail behind him [see right]
We escaped the early afternoon heat by visiting the Royal Academy to see their Eyewitness exhibition (Hungarian photography of the 20th Century). It was a mixed bag, I thought – some images were really inspiring, others were rather dull. Sometimes from the same photographer! Ah well, I guess art is very subjective. We also enjoyed a drink or ice cream in the courtyard, during which time I took my image for Day #1308.
Our final stop on the itinerary was a trip to Camden Market. Suggested subjects were three candid images from the streets and three strangers. The place was absolutely heaving on a Sunday afternoon (we should have known) and to be honest I found it so busy it was overwhelming. I hate crowded places at the best of times, and didn’t really feel my creativity was helped by such circumstances.
I did manage a few candid shots, including these two guys smoking (shot from the hip). But I drew a blank on the strangers, I just could not get into the right frame of mind to approach people.
So I decided to leave the others to have more fun and set off to Docklands for a quieter evening! I had some dinner at Canary Wharf and then hopped on the tube to North Greenwich to see the Ravensbourne College building next to the O2 – a striking bit of architecture which I’ve been eager to photograph since I first saw pictures of it a few weeks ago. It was a nice relaxed way to end with. Here are my other images from the day:
Oooh, I’ve just had an invitation land in my inbox via Flickr – to become a contributor to GettyImages! They thought the following ten pictures would be suitable:
Since I have been thinking about more ways to sell some of my work, I might as well take the plunge – after all, they are one of the biggest names in the business.
GNPC organised a trip to Heybridge Basin last night and it was very well attended. We went last summer, and decided to return again. There was some interesting light just as we arrived, and it then clouded over for a bit (time to grab some dinner at the local pub). eventually the sun poked through once more before finally setting for the evening.
I was also testing out the Canon 10-22mm EF-S f/3.5-4.5 USM lens which a friend had lent me for a few days. It’s very good for getting everything in when you’re working in a confined space. I’m impressed and am investigating getting one for myself!
Here is a selection of my other images from the evening:
On Friday I enjoyed a day out to the 2011 War And Peace show at Paddock Wood with some friends from the GNPC. It’s apparently Europe’s largest gathering of vintage military vehicles and there are also plenty of people there in costume for the re-enactment sessions and living history displays. There was loads to see, and I was pleased to be able to photograph another 10 strangers for my project.
Although I chose Three Star GI as my picture of the day (something which I felt best represented the whole day), I was also very pleased with this candid portrait of a German soldier, which nearly pipped the other one. Here is my full selection of images from the day: