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: