Pictures of various London landmarks are not unusual on this blog. However, I’ll admit that I mainly photograph of the same part of London, which consists of the area near my office and places on my route home. I love taking photos there, especially near the bridge (as you’ll see below and in many other posts on my site) but I do think it’s nice to change up the shots sometimes.
This week, I got that chance. I spent Thursday and Friday on a professional course right next to London Bridge and got a whole new view of the City. The Walkie Talkie is a cool building – and you’ll have seen it in all of my photos of the City from across the river – but walking under it was a totally different experience. It’s so large. It really towers over the rest of the buildings nearby and basically looks superimposed on the background. It is very cool. The Gherkin is another building I’d never been that close to and the colours are so much more intricate that you can see across the river. It was great to change up my patterns and snap a different part of London, especially somewhere I know from afar.
There were also a number of amazing post-storm skies this week, which made for very atmospheric pictures. I loved the clouds behind the bridge and the light peeking through after the storm. The sky absolutely makes or breaks a picture – there’s nothing more annoying from a photographic perspective than being in an amazing place with overcast grey skies (or maybe I need to learn how to take better pictures in those conditions).
Finally, I’ve started trying to take more pictures of my friends and family. Taking pictures of people stresses me out because the subject can comment on the pictures and I’m pretty sure that getting people to act naturally in front of the camera is some kind of witchcraft. Beaches and mountains stay just as they are when you turn on the camera and don’t talk about how “their nose looks weird” every time you show them a photo. But I want to be good at photographing people and, alas, that requires actually doing it. I’m sure it will be worth it, though. It seems shame to have so many photos of the places I’ve been but so few of the people who matter the most to me.
To this end, I took a few of Maddie when we were in Brighton watching my brother play the lead in his university’s production of A Clockwork Orange. He was brilliant – almost too brilliant given he was playing a violent psychopath – and Maddie was a very patient model. I also spent part of the weekend in Sandy, a village near Stevenage, to celebrate one friend’s birthday and see another’s new flat for the first time and then spent Sunday at Jake’s grandparents’ 60th anniversary lunch in Richmond and listening to Beethoven and Dvorak at Jake’s mum’s concert, though there are no photos of any of that.
In hindsight, this was a great week for photos. The stormy skies were particularly good for pictures and it was cool to photograph a different part of London and to start building a collection of pictures of my friends and family. It’s weeks like this that make me so glad that I learned how to use a camera last year! Though who knows what I’m going to photograph when I eventually move away from Tower Bridge…
Here are this week’s photos! Which one is your favourite?