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Canary in Camberwell

Elizabeth Walker and Alan Camberwell Arms London Summer 2016

Elizabeth and Alan.

I love this shot! One of the most satisfying things in photography is when somethings just sings to you. This is one of those moments.

London hit 33C today (it’s only 31C in the Amazon right now!). Everything is in slow motion. Everything is a bit crazy. I got some good shots today and was not even thinking about taking any more.

That changed as I cycled down a drab section of Camberwell Church Street. This beacon, this canary amongst the monochrome and muted shades. I slammed my brakes on and wheeled back.

I am thankful they were so obliging as I interrupted their chat. This is shot from the bus lane, one eye on the viewfinder and the other towards the sometimes maniac 436 drivers coming through*.

Elizabeth got a bit bashful after being name dropped for her work and went inside, but Alan and I had a lovely little conversation about giving children in India cameras so they can document and snapshot their own lives. I’m really into this. Give kids cameras at a wedding and they’ll take better pictures than the grown ups.

Thanks for the photo, you two.

* I’ve nearly been made strawberry jam by bus drivers on more than one occasion right here. I feel perfectly justified in my description of (some) of them! Some are definitely ace and very bike aware – I applaud you.

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Bar staff @ Frank’s Café

Staff at Frank's rooftop bar, Peckham

Frank’s Café and Bar in Peckham. Escaping the heat of the street and up on the roof of a multi-storey car park. Bold Tendencies put on installation art in the dystopian car park spaces. This is ‘proper’ London.

London Skyline from Frank's Café at sunset

Lovely staff. Great food. Amazing views.

Frank’s Café website

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St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral is not my favourite building in London by a long shot. Despite being a Londoner, I’ve never even been inside.

Something caught my eye this day. The light maybe.

Whenever I look at Sir Christopher Wren’s building, I’m always left in awe of the size of the original St Paul’s, burned down in the Great Fire of London 1666. The new building is 111m tall, but the old one reached 148m and was mostly made of wood!

Here’s a scrappy photoshop job to show how the old building would scale in modern London.

st-paul's-scale

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Tate Modern from the new bit

Tate Modern Millbank London from the new bit

New views of London. It’s the one thing welcome in the current belligerent construction regime of the city. From the new bit of Tate Modern. It’s an interesting building. Spacious and human, although I can’t say the restaurant looks much fun – a super posh Happy Eater without the chintzy carpet for distraction (sorry, but it’s super bland looking and the staff look unhappy when viewed through the glass). There’s sweeping curved stairs and slightly discombobulating angles due to the twist of the building. You can feel its heartbeat. Like the TARDIS. More photos of the interior to follow… Don’t forget to subscribe (sidebar!) for updates.

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The last puddle on the South Bank

The last puddle on the South Bank - puddle reflection

It’s officially summer in London. Amazing clouds and beaming sunlight. Londoners and tourists alike share the experience. The last puddle on the South Bank fizzles into oblivion…

I rarely tire of London photos – even the clichéd ones, but it is satisfying to come up with something a little different.