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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
I’ve been meaning to take a shot of this for a while. It’s in Islington in north London and the thing I like about it is that the local community have taken something mundane and brightened it up.
I bumped into some of the organisers of Chislehurst Rocks today who were having their headshots taken on a wet and windy Rec. I’m looking forward to seeing them!
Some of my images have already been used on the site and it’s alway nice to get pictures ‘out there’! Having chatted to them reminded me that I really keep meaning to go through the photographs I’ve taken at the event which I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed. Lots of great music and if I had to pick out any two acts it would have to be The Theme and the superb Stone Blind.
This years event is to take place on 17th June 2017. It’s a great day, and with stalls serving a large range food and drink, as well as the family funfair, there is something for everyone.