Family Tree #1 – St. Stephens Spitalfields

After a bit of a break from it, I’ve gone back to researching my family tree on Ancestry.co.uk.

This is St Stephens church in Spitalfields, where my great-grandfather and grandmother were married on Christmas Day 1892.  A lot of family from my Dad’s side are from the Bethnal Green area of London.  It seems that due to the war and modernisation of the city, very few of the buildings have survived, but using Google Maps I’ve been able to track a couple down.

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Photo a week – 4 of 1 – Out of season

This month’s 4 of 1 was a tough decision to make, but I suppose if I want to test myself then I best get used to it. The greater good and all that.

As it’s Autumn, I’ve gone with ‘out of season’. I’m on the lookout for ice cream vans with nobody buying etc.

This first one has a tenuous link….. but bear with me!

As I was walking through my local park, I saw this (what looks like) a bag from a posh dress shop that had been thrown in the bin. Well….. you can see that! Being the creative type, I came up with the idea that the bag had an item of clothing within that was ‘so last season’ that it had to be thrown away.

I told you it was tenuous!

Next week, people playing tennis in ski-wear.

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Photo a week #4 – “Old and New” – Bloomberg Building and St Stephen Walbrook

The fourth and final image on my ‘old and new’ project.
This shot is of the magnificent new Bloomberg building on London’s Cannon Street with the reflection of the church of St Stephen Walbrook.
The latter was designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1671, who, if my research is correct, is one of my ancestors. Seems only right I should have something of his on my blog. I’m sure he’d use something of mine on his if he were around today!

Looking for a project for October now. Got a few ideas so just need to pick one and go with it!

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Photo a week #3 – “Old and New” – 122 Leadenhall Street

The hat-trick is complete…three posts in three weeks!

This is another image that combines the old and new architecture of London. 122 Leadenhall Street, or ‘The Cheesegrater’ to give it the informal name, is one of the many post-modern architectural designs in London.

….or so it says on Wikipedia!

As this is the third is a series of four images on this topic, I’m on the hunt for something new for October so watch this space!

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Photo a week #2 – “Old and New” – 20 Fenchurch Street

I’ve taken the 2nd picture….I’m on a roll now!

I’ve thought about various projects in the past, such as ‘sports’ or ‘music’, but I thought something a bit more imaginative maybe ‘Old and New’.

I’m on the lookout for more original material than just buildings in and around the city of London, but there’s just so many that are so many examples that they just leap out at you!

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Photo a week #1 – Guildhall Buildings

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This is the entrance to Guildhall Buildings in the city of London (apparently it’s not The Guildhall Buildings…..so it’s not a typo!)

I have been watching to excellent videos by Sean Tucker, with one video in particular really strikes a chord with me.  I won’t add spoilers, but basically, he says get out there and start taking pictures.  I’ve tended to take lots of pictures then imported them into Lightroom, and with a few exceptions, that’s where the images have stayed.

Watching the video on Street Photography changed things entirely as now I import them from my camera on my phone and publish to Instagram on the fly while on the train or having a cuppa (or the occasional sneaky beer!) which has been great.

This shot was taken one lunchtime, and I didn’t think about it too much.  I was just walking past, took the picture then carried on about my day.  As a result, I’m aiming for at least one decent picture a week up on this site and Instagram.

It was taken on my Panasonic Lumix LX100 which I’m really enjoying using now after a bit of a shaky start (good workmen and all that!) and edited with Snapseed which is fantastic editing app for both Android and iPhone.

I think it’s fair to say these videos have been a game changer, and he may have saved me £20 a month on subscriptions!