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Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule Of Thirds

Big Ben

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule Of Thirds (Galleries From London)

Big Ben – portrait grid

London Lion – landscape grid

River Thames, looking west – Fibonacci spiral or golden ratio

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NaBloPoMo – From The Gardens At St Thomas’

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NaBloPoMo – From The Gardens At St Thomas’

There are some pretty, little gardens next to St Thomas’ Hospital in London that really do have the most fabulous views! I captured a few of them, on my Sony Xperia Z1 phone, while I was there yesterday.

The gardens are very sheltered, but I was surprised to find a few flowers still providing spots of colour in the borders.

Next to the main entrance is an intriguing sculpture called “Cross The Divide” by Rick Kirby, which is said to represent a helping hand and the relationship between the patient and doctor.

The very best view from the gardens is of the Palace of Westminster which is equally beautiful during the day or night!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular

The Shard

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular

What does angular mean to me? Only my favourite building in the whole of London! The Shard. I’m drawn to this building in ways I can’t fully explain. I was never really a fan of modern architecture. Some have intrigued me, others disgusted me, many have amused me but The Shard fascinates me. I’ve really enjoyed processing my photographs, the building lends itself perfectly to artistic interpretations!

Its angular design, sleek lines and sharp edges, seem more like a sculpture to me than a building. It has an intrinsic beauty from every aspect that just cries out to be photographed! I can’t resist it. I’ve been up to the viewing platforms several times now and I hope to get back up there soon to capture some night views of the city. The Views from The Shard really are the icing on the cake!

I delayed posting for the challenge this week, as I had another trip to hospital in London yesterday giving me the opportunity to see some fresh angles of The Shard. All my earlier images are from the south of The Thames so I ventured over to the north bank of the river by The Tower of London to get a different vantage point. Everyone seemed to be drawn to the riverside to gaze upon this masterpiece of architecture and construction!

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Blue Monday and Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

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Blue Monday and Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

When the sun sets on London, the city is revealed in another light. The simple lines of structures like the Golden Jubilee Bridges, that run alongside the Hungerford rail bridge, belie the sophisticated engineering, both historic and modern, that are hidden from our eyes by the dark.

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Weekly Photo and Travel Theme Challenge: Split Second in The City

Weekly Photo and Travel Theme Challenge: Split Second in The City

Weekly Photo and Travel Theme Challenge: Split Second in The City

Another week where the two photo challenges collide! I really enjoy tying these two themes together when it’s possible 🙂 Ailsa provided a number of great images to illustrate this week’s Travel Theme, Cities, including one from London’s Southbank. She says “London is a teenager, an urchin, and, in this, hasn’t changed since the time of Dickens”. These words and her photo were my main inspiration for this post.

My featured image is of just such a teenager, a 21st Century street-skate urchin, practising new moves in the Southbank’s Undercroft. Skaters of all ages and abilities have been using the area for around forty years. The vibrant street art is all a part of this community base. Love it or hate it, this is London, a city that’s not afraid to express itself!

The Weekly Photo Challenge, Split Second Story, was set by Shane Francescut, a Canadian Street and Portrait photographer. I’ve followed Shane ever since the lovely Leanne Cole featured his work in one of her Introductions posts in early April. He’s got a great eye! Every photo has a tale to tell and his composition plays a big part in that story-telling.

Shane said “I want you to become a documentary photographer and attempt to capture a candid moment of a person, place, or thing”. I don’t do much street/candid photography and I could have easily fallen back on my favourite subjects within nature, for any number of split second moments, but I really wanted to try to find my inner journalist and rise to Shane’s challenge!

 

The Southbank Skatepark gets a lot of attention from tourists! The colour, noise, tricks and art draw in the passers-by. Most photographers were trying to capture images of the best skaters performing tricks but I was drawn to this lad who was keeping to the back of the park, quietly watching his peers and emulating their styles. These skaters put themselves firmly in the public eye and they don’t shy away from scrutiny. I admire their attitude 🙂

This space on the Southbank is so recognised by other Londoners that it’s become just another part of the City’s scenery. You can spot a local easily by their complete indifference to the spectacle!

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Travel theme: Illuminated

Travel theme: Illuminated

Travel theme: Illuminated

Now that I’m not fixed into creating a new photograph to post every day, I thought it would be nice to join in with some of the other challenges hosted by fellow bloggers.

I’ve really enjoyed seeing everyone’s posts for Ailsa’s Travel Theme. I hope I can entertain you all with some submissions of my own! This week’s photo was taken in Manchester over the Christmas period. We were only there for the day visiting my friend, Rachel, and her family but we had a bit of time to see the city illuminated after dusk.

Primark is a retailer of extremely affordable items (that’s my generous description!). I rather like the irony of such a shop being set in this grand and elegantly lit building. Originally built in 1877 for Lewis’ department store, this is Victorian architecture at its best! Whatever I may think of their produce, I must say that the owners of Primark have done us a great service in restoring such a wonderful piece of Manchester’s historic City Centre.

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Views From The Shard

Views From The Shard

This is London viewed from The Shard around 250m above street level this afternoon.