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Explore London with Fotoruta’s iPhone photography class

Anyone who reads this blog knows that my photos aren’t anything special. Unlike most lifestyle and London bloggers I don’t own a DSLR and have no intention of doing so. If I can’t master the basics no amount of fancy technology is going to save me.

Thanks to smartphones I take more photos than ever and I do think mine have improved since I got Instagram a few years ago. That’s the great thing about social media that we often forget; being exposed to other people’s work is inspirational and the more we see, the more we learn and the more we think about our own work differently.

My photography skills still leave a lot to be desired so for my birthday Alex sent me on an iPhone photography class (fellow Android users rejoice – these classes are for you too).

The Fotoruta classes are as much about exploring London as they are about photography. Importantly, it doesn’t matter how much you know about London or about photography either – the classes are small and there is plenty of time to ask your tutor specific questions.

On the day I met my group in a coffee shop in Camden. There was our tutor Jahel, me and a family of four. Usually being the odd one out is really off putting but it really didn’t matter that I was on my own. The family were lovely and there are no partner up activities to make you feel left out.

How well you know the area you’re photographing is irrelevant too. I’ve spent thousands of hours of my life walking through Camden whilst the rest of the group barely knew the place and we all got something out of it.

Before the day we were all encouraged to download specific apps. I’ve since learnt that this is as much about the camera functionality as it is about the editing options. One thing I really liked about this course was the focus on taking a good photograph; editing can be fun, but you need to understand what makes a good photo if you want to create something of value.

By the end of the Fotoruta workshop I discovered that what I liked to capture, and what I was best at capturing, mirrored my wider interests. I’m interested in the contrast between rich and poor. Old and new. Gentrification. Changing communities. Architecture. Juxtaposition. And (sadly) where better to capture that today than on the streets of Camden, one of London’s most diverse boroughs.

As you can probably tell I thought the Fotoruta iPhone workshop was great. If you want to learn more about photography so you can take better photos whilst out and about it is definitely worth booking yourself in for a class. Now for a few of my better photos from the day… Let me know what you think!

green building camden

A different perspective on Inverness Street

santander cycles camden

Having fun with new photography apps

camden town london

My 1000th photo of a building in Camden (probably)

street art camden london

Exploring the theme of loneliness

Check out more of my photos on Instagram and learn more about Fotoruta London here.

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Bloomsbury

On Sunday we spent the afternoon wandering around Bloomsbury. You’d never have known it was the last weekend before Christmas as there was nobody about! It was delightfully empty which gave me an opportunity to practice taking photos.

I’m the type of person who just points and clicks my little camera. Until this weekend I had no clue about composition or light but with a few simple tips I already feel more in control behind the screen. Any feedback on the photos or photography tips in general would be appreciated.

Walking around Bloomsbury

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Hanging basketsold fashioned door in bloomsbury london

row of shops london

old london street lamp

old building in London

Bookshop

tavistock square and endsleigh place london

john maynard keynes house bloomsbury london

red london telephone box

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Building reflected in Boston

Throwback Thursday – Boston

Building reflected in Boston

Each Thursday I post a photo from the past, usually with a few words about where and when it was taken.

As a teenager I was lucky enough to spend a week in the city of Boston. I flew over for a family celebration and on my last day there my cousins kindly took me on a trip around the city. I think we grabbed some lunch in Quincy Market and I must have taken this photo, of buildings reflected on a building, on our way there.

If you know what this building is, or can name the reflected buildings, please let me know!

Nicholas Hawksmoor: Methodical Imaginings photography exhibition at Somerset House

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A month ago in the heart of British summertime I went to see the free Nicholas Hawksmoor photography exhibition at Somerset House. Nicholas Hawksmoor was an English architect who is best known today as the man behind a number of London’s churches.

I rather like churches. I find many quite scary inside, especially when there are few people around and an echo is rumbling around the large open spaces, but that’s my imagination running away with me. From the outside I marvel at the architecture and if there is a bell tower I’m always enticed to step inside.

The spiritual flame burned brightly in the Church of England at the opening of the eighteenth century‘ and the commission for building fifty new churches was created. Nicholas Hawksmoor was appointed one of the surveyors and the Methodical Imaginings exhibition at Somerset House looks at the seven remaining London churches still standing today.

Hélène Binet is an architectural photographer who according to Daniel Libeskind ‘exposes architecture’s achievements, strength, pathos and fragility’ every time she takes a photograph. Once again my knowledge of photography is minimal but I must admit this statement rings true – the fragility of the churches certainly came through in the photographs.

I walked around the exhibition with a sense of amazement although I can’t articulate why. One question I asked myself was what does their London location add? Even to an uneducated eye these churches are magnificent in their own right, but what they add to the history and architecture of London increases their importance. Knowing that these churches influenced other architects and their future London masterpieces as well as realising that his work has appeared in the literature of T.S. Eliot, Charles Dickens and Alan Bennett (amongst others) elevates their standing in contemporary London further.

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Only 12 of the 50 churches were ever completed, eight of which were designed by Hawksmoor. The exhibition might have come to an end but seven of the buildings are still standing today:

  • St George-in-the-East
  • St Anne’s Limehouse
  • St George’s Bloomsbury
  • Christ Church Spitalfields
  • St Luke, Old Street in Finsbury
  • St Mary Woolnoth in the City
  • St Alfege in Greenwich

I quickly created a Google Map to give you an idea of the distance between each Church. If you fancy a walk that takes you to the London Wall, lets you stop for beigels at the Brick Lane bakery and really stretches your legs this could be quite a nice one. Perhaps leave St Alfege in Greenwich for another day and take the time to hike up Greenwich Park too to get a great view over the city of London while you are in the area.

All images: Hélène Binet

Changing the Holocaust Narrative

Tonight marks the beginning of Yom HaShoah, a day for remembering the Holocaust.

The link I’m posting has gone viral and the site is currently coping with the increase in traffic sporadically, so please do continue to refresh the page if you don’t get to the see images immediately.

http://popchassid.com/photos-holocaust-narrative/

sunday selection

Sunday Selection

I’m back with a great selection of posts for your Sunday reading pleasure!

I hope you have all had a fantastic weekend :)

Carla

 

Sunday Link Selection

Historic look at Saks Fifth Avenue

An interesting perspective of Tokyo

Lovely image to raise a smile

A good read for my future self

 

From London is Living this week:

Twelfth Night at the Geffrye Museum

Pizarro, Bermondsey

Pinterest Finds: 2013 Calendars

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Pinterest Finds: Autumn

Autumn might almost be over but as the pavements are covered with beautiful leaves I thought I would take one last shot at celebrating my favourite season. It’s been a while since my last Pinterest Finds so I hope it has been worth the wait!

I love London during Autumn, when the mornings are foggy and there are golden leaves on the ground. I love walking down the street with the cold air pinching my cheeks – there is no need for blusher in this weather! I like eating soup for lunch and dinner and painting my nails a deep, dark red. Getting the nice boots and a winter coat out of the wardrobe (or treating myself to something new). I love the scarves, drinking in front of the fire in a pub, baking homemade apple pies and cosy nights in with Midsummer Murders on the television.

What do you love most about Autumn?

Source: tumblr.com via Wendy on Pinterest

Source: eatliverun.com via Carla on Pinterest

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Sunday Selection – TIME Best Blogs of 2012

Happy Sunday! Apologies once again for the lack of posts recently. This week has been busy (the week after a holiday always is I guess!) but I did have time to read about the TIME Best Blogs of  2012.

Partly because these blogs are great, and also because I’ve been so busy that my internet travels have been rather sporadic this week, I have turned to their list to select my three favourites of 2012. Enjoy!

Awesome People Hanging Out Together

Wandering Earl

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What do you think?