Berwick Street, Soho. Spotted on one of my evening walks with my camera around Soho. Yellow lighting is a feature of the light at night. It’s becoming less common as the old-style lights are replaced by LEDs. But I like the atmosphere you get with this colour light.
I’ve posted yellow lighting before on this blog in Brick Lane and Soho.
A selection from the series I’m working on ‘Alone in London’ is featured in issue 2 of lovely new photography magazine Downtown And Driftwood which is available to buy now!
It features this shot and a couple of others I’ve posted on this blog plus some that I haven’t.
You can buy a proper magazine copy or a PDF copy (which is a bit cheaper)
A rare foray for me these days into daytime photography and a landscape. I couldn’t resist this scene though when I saw it on a cold sunny morning as I was travelling across Hammersmith Bridge. I took this from the bus, which was thankfully moving very slowly and stopping in a traffic jam (otherwise it would have been a blur). The misted-up bus window made the scene for me – so thank you to the bus company for providing the filter!
Continuing my theme on how Londoners spend a lot of their time alone – whether it’s on the tube, in a coffee shop or cafe or on the street. We might be on the way to work or somewhere else, taking a break, waiting for someone, or just spending time on our own. Even when we are in close proximity to other people, we can be alone.
I took these a few days ago. The nice thing about rain is that it sends everyone indoors and leaves the streets relatively free – I don’t have to negotiate crowds. Wet pavements also reflect the streetlights. They’re very atmospheric.
Looking through windows again – but during the day this time. The gallery display first caught my eye, then I noticed the muted colours of the interior and then I noticed the man working alone.
It’s something I have started to notice a lot as I walk around London. We spend an awful lot of time on our own in this big city. It’s a theme I am following up
It’s become a Christmas Eve tradition – the meat auction by Harts of Smithfield on Christmas Eve. They sell off all the meat they have left in stock before the Christmas break. Suckling pigs were going for £50 or free if you won the toss of a coin, hams for £15, more smoked gammon that one person could physically carry for £20 (I know because I had to carry one home!) and turkeys – lots of turkeys.
There was a great atmosphere there this morning. People were handing money to complete strangers who were nearer the front and the meat was passed back. That’s how I got mine.
And all accompanied by “oohs” and “aaahs”, cheers, rounds of applause and lots of friendly banter.
It’s a tradition that goes back at least to the 1950s, if not longer. And long may it continue.
Some people bought more than others! And had a little trouble getting it away. This box did hit the ground but a very kind fellow auction attender helped them to pick it up.
And there was plenty of clearing up to be done at the end.
Looking through shots I took at the end of October and in November, I had a look at this and decided I liked it (it sometimes takes me a while after I took the shot). I like the idea of three people working late in an office while others play – or at least shop – in the evening.
I took this before the Christmas period began in earnest – which is why there aren’t any festive decorations in the shot.
Theatres have continued to be a good hunting ground for street photography for me. I found this young woman reading a newspaper outside the Apollo Shaftesbury Avenue when the weather was a little warmer than it is now.
I took quite a few shots of her from various angles. She didn’t notice me: she was so engrossed in her newspaper. I loved the expressions on her face and the fact that she was oblivious to the world around her.
These are the best two that I took.