Saturday, December 31, 2011

sun dappled


The last post showed us how depressing London can get. The flip side of that means that whenever we get sun, the city seems to jump to life and look even more beautiful than usual.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Past

Apologies for the unplanned hiatus. Time runs away from me every now and again.


It's Christmas Eve and soon Christmas will be over. Why not keep it going a little longer by visiting the charming Christmas Past exhibits at The Geffrye depicting English homes through the ages, all decked out for the holiday season.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Two Temple Place


Two Temple Place was once the home of William Waldorf Astor. It has recently opened to the public as a stunning new gallery space. There's an exhibition on William Morris at the moment. Worth the trip, and it's free!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

kentish night scene


HAPPY THANKSGIVING. I am grateful for many things: family, friends, and London nights like these.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Occupy LSX 2


Another view of Occupy London. There were a lot more tents than I had expected and, unfortunately, the square wasn't smelling too great.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Occupy LSX

 
Finally made it to Occupy London a few days ago. Here you can see the Banksy installation in the form of a Monopoly board.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thames in the Fog

 
We've had some rather foggy, wintery weather lately (finally got below 50 for the high yesterday). This makes for some spectacular views of the Eye and the Houses of Parliament from Waterloo Bridge.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Kenwood House


As you can see below, the rather impressive Kenwood House glistens in the sunshine on Hampstead Heath. Upon closer inspection, it could use a bit of a paint job...

Friday, November 18, 2011

steamy city


The warm sun after a couple of cold, rainy days makes for a very steamy city. Can you see the outline of the downtown business district in the distance?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

kiddies on the heath


A glorious day here in the capital today. And we had a splendid one on Sunday as well. I took full advantage of it and embarked on a five hour meander from my home near Finsbury Park, through Waterlow Park and Highgate Cemetery, stopping at Kenwood House in Hampstead Heath, and finally ending up at the falafel stand on South End Road. Snapped many a photo, including this one of some children playing on the Heath.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Poppy Appeal


Every year in the week or two leading up to Armistice Day--that's today, the anniversary of the end of World War I--the British Legion organize the 'Poppy Appeal'. Volunteers stand outside tube stops selling little paper poppies for donations of any size and proceeds go to helping veterans. Apparently this is also a thing in Canada, but not in the States. Perhaps that's because the poppy is symbolic of WWI, a conflict which doesn't loom quite so large in the American psyche.

Anyway, this is a shot of a video / slide show that is being projected on a building opposite St Pancras International Station. I bought a paper poppy from the nearby volunteers dressed in WWI uniforms.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tropical Medicine


I find both the art deco design and the 19th-century name of this University of London college to be quite endearing.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

neo-gothic


At Kim's prompting, here is a (relatively) close-up shot of a famous London monument. Probably very easy, but any guesses?

Monday, October 31, 2011

ideally...



I think I will be pursuing that store / building fronts theme for a bit. Until then, I will post some of my leftovers. Here we see a sign from the Frieze Art Fair, now long gone, but an important date in the global contemporary art scene.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Temporary Hiatus


An odd little memorial at Abney Park Cemetery.

I am moving over the weekend and then won't have internet for a week, so this blog will go on a temporary hiatus (thank goodness I reached my 1-year target before the move!). While I'm away, I shall begin musing about how I can evolve this blog into something that will challenge me and hold my interest. I'm thinking of doing themes -- I've really enjoyed shooting storefronts and might do soley that for while.

If anyone has any suggestions for great photo blog themes, let me know. The one-a-day is getting a bit tiring and repetitive: I need inspiration!

See you in a week!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

1 Year!


Hurray! This is my 366th posting! I MADE IT! Who knows if I'll keep up posting one a day for the next year, but I reckon I'll keep posting a few times a week, anyway.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

crouch end houses


Gorgeous weather this past weekend. Went for a walk around my new neighborhood in Crouch End.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Theme Day: Mystery Waterfowl


I saw black swans in St. James's Park a fortnight ago. This week was this bandit duck. What is it?

This is part of the City Daily Photo Theme Day: Mystery Object.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

rooftops and blue sky


This weekend is going to be SUNNY and HOT in London. Finally, we get some summer in October. And the view from my window, normally very dull and boring, is suddenly so beautiful with a clear blue sky.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Adele and St. Paul's


Went to see Adele play at the Hammersmith Apollo a few nights ago. She opened the show with her hit "Hometown Glory" and this great background of St. Paul's. A lotta London love going on here.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

chipped plaster


I love the way London neighborhoods so often have these weird juxtapositions of nice buildings with deteriorating ones.

Monday, September 19, 2011

oyster card reader on construction site


A weird bit of art. This is a temporary wall hiding a construction site and the little circle on the outside has been turned into an Oyster card machine -- it's the little thing that we tap our travelcards to whenever we take the tube.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

V&A


An impressive facade for an impressive museum. I've been to the V&A four or five times now and I am still nowhere near close to seeing everything I want to see.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

battle of britain


A close-up from the memorial commemorating the Battle of Britain. You can find on Embankment.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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