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ShareMondays2019 – The Witness

The Witness

ShareMondays2019 – The Witness

I’ve witnessed some incredible artwork in London’s Leake Street Arches over the last couple of weeks! A couple of weeks ago I joined a photowalk with Skylum Software and PhotoHound that took in the Arches, The London Eye, Southbank Skate Park and the view to St Paul’s from the Millennium Bridge. Utterly thrilled to have had one of my Leake Street images chosen as one of three winners for the challenge!

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Last Friday I went up to the SheClicksNet exhibition at the After Nyne Gallery and got chatting with a number of other relatively local female photographers. What a great event it was and many congratulations to all the photographers who had their work exhibited! Feeling inspired, fellow SheClicker, Liz and headed back to Leake Street along with my lovely hubby.

The urban art is constantly evolving on the walls and I soon spotted a striking composition of a wide-eyed face, with clasping hands. It really struck me! What had this person seen through slatted fingers? It spoke to me of fear, horror, the inability to look away from something devastating. I would love to know what the original artist’s concept was! My own take on it is an in-camera double exposure, zooming out for the inverted, second exposure. The eye is just so haunting! I wanted my image to feel like fear that was spiralling out of control.

So, a huge thank you to the artists of Leake Street for this incredible, public art gallery and for providing so much inspiration with your thought-provoking pieces.

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Blue Monday: View From Floor 21

The View From Floor 21

Blue Monday: View From Floor 21

Blue skies over London as seen from the twenty-first floor of Guy’s Hospital Tower. When you’re having a complex dental appointment with the restoratative care team, a view like this is a great tonic!

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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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