The colour of night is yellow

Man sitting in a cafe in Soho, London

 

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.

 

Alone in London – in Downtown and Driftwood

A young woman looking bored on her own in a London cafe at night

 

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)

View from Hammersmith Bridge

A view across the Thames from Hammersmith Bridge, taken through the mist of a bus window

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!

 

Alone – even in a crowd

Two women and a man on the Tube in London, not speaking to each other

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.

Three people on their own in a coffee shop, Pret a Manger, in Covent Garden

Queue for Hallowe'en costumes outside a shop on Berwick Street, Soho

 

Alone on the South Bank

A woman walking alone across a wet square at night

 

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.

People alone on the South Bank with St Paul's in the background

 

Young man walks alone on the South Bank in London with Big Ben in the background

Working alone – Alone in London

A man sits at his desk at an art gallery in Soho

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

Smithfield Christmas Eve meat auction

Harts Butchers selling meat to the crowd at the meat auction at Smithfield on Christmas Eve 2014

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.

Harts Butchers selling meat to the crowd at the meat auction at Smithfield on Christmas Eve 2014

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.

Harts Butchers selling meat to the crowd at the meat auction at Smithfield on Christmas Eve 2014

And all accompanied by “oohs” and “aaahs”, cheers, rounds of applause and lots of friendly banter.

Harts Butchers selling meat to the crowd at the meat auction at Smithfield on Christmas Eve 2014

It’s a tradition that goes back at least to the 1950s, if not longer. And long may it continue.

Harts Butchers selling meat to the crowd at the meat auction at Smithfield on Christmas Eve 2014

Harts Butchers selling meat to the crowd at the meat auction at Smithfield on Christmas Eve 2014

Harts Butchers selling meat to the crowd at the meat auction at Smithfield on Christmas Eve 2014

Harts Butchers selling meat to the crowd at the meat auction at Smithfield on Christmas Eve 2014

 

Harts Butchers selling meat to the crowd at the meat auction at Smithfield on Christmas Eve 2014

Harts Butchers selling meat to the crowd at the meat auction at Smithfield on Christmas Eve 2014

Harts Butchers selling meat to the crowd at the meat auction at Smithfield on Christmas Eve 2014

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.

Harts Butchers selling meat to the crowd at the meat auction at Smithfield on Christmas Eve 2014

And there was plenty of clearing up to be done at the end.

Happy Christmas!

Working while others play

Three people working in an office above an Ann Summers shop in Soho

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.

Engrossed in the paper

Young woman sitting on a step outside a theatre reading a newspaper

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.

Young woman reading a newspaper, sitting on a step outside a theatre

Dramatic lighting from below

Woman's face lit by mobile phone

The joy of mobile phones is that at night they provide the perfect light for people’s faces. It can be hard, thought, to get close enough to get a good shot.

But on the South Bank on Wednesday evening, this woman was so engrossed in what she was doing that she didn’t notice me. I got one good shot and walked away very happy with my last shot of the evening. I’d previously put my camera away because it was raining and I was on my way home. But I got it out again for a couple of shots from Hungerford Bridge and then I spotted this woman – my last shot of the evening.

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