I spent the first half of this week in a classroom, being taught the material for the second part of the professional qualification I’m doing this year. While there was very little of photographic interest in the classroom itself, there were a number of excellent buildings in the surrounding area. It has been a beautiful, sunny week in London, and I spent as much time as possible walking around this different part of the City.
The Walkie Talkie continues to bemuse me, as it manages to look Photoshopped onto the rest of the pictures. I walked to the bottom of the building for the first time and loved the effect of the odd structure twisting up to the sky. Otherwise, the streets of modern, glassy buildings all tend to intersect if you take a minute to look up, creating interesting patterns of architecture and light. I especially like when buildings from adjacent streets layer, mashing different designs together in one image.
On Friday, I went out to the climate strike and picked up a host of photos there too. I’ve already posted a blog about the experience, though I didn’t write much about photography. All my usual thoughts about protest photography apply: big crowds, quick reactions, the importance of respecting people’s privacy. The last one was even more crucial than usual because there were so many children around. The Fridays for Future movement that inspired the global strikes was started by children, so Friday’s march was teeming with bright-eyed schoolchildren and families with their toddlers. It was adorable, moving and a minefield when it came to photographic ethics.
I always love photographing the signs at protests and marches. I usually end up spotting a hilarious or artistic sign across the crowd and darting over to grab a photo, weaving my way through the hoards of people and stopping to cheer occasionally. There’s another big climate strike next Friday so I’m sure there will be more protest photos in next week’s Get Snappy too.
There are also a couple of pictures from a late night tube journey, after we’d been at the Casino Royale Secret Cinema event. At these events, a secret warehouse is decked out in the style of a film, and you spend the evening playing pretend in a well-loved world before watching the film with enhanced effects. We played cards with fake money, drank real cocktails and pranced around pretending to be James Bond. It was awesome. There are no phones allowed in the actual event so I only have a few pictures from the trip home in the early hours.
I love weeks like this, where I get a spate of photos from different days, places and activities. Let me know which is your favourite!