Soho windows #7 – Barbershop

Looking through the window of a Soho barber shop

In my travels around London with my camera, I’ve been trying to get good shots of barbershops and hairdressers. I seem to see the shot when I’m too far away or at the wrong angle or with people in the way and by the time I get the shot, the moment has passed. I finally nailed one! I like this scene simply because of the amount of activity going on in it.



Knightsbridge bus stop

Man with his dry cleaning on his phone at a bus stop in Knightsbridge

This man caught my eye in Knightsbridge on Friday evening. He was very animated. And standing there with his white shirt that he’d obviously just picked up from the dry cleaners, he stood out. It wasn’t until I looked at the photos when I got home that I realised I had captured him at a moment when everyone else, including the traffic, had their backs to me. It makes him look quite isolated.

Summer’s here!

I haven’t posted for a while. I’ve been concentrating on portrait photography and another project so I haven’t been out in the streets and parks with my camera. But here’s one I took earlier – well last summer.

I spotted these girls all standing in a queue outside the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and was struck by a collection of legs and how fashion dictates the footwear – either ballet pumps, ankle boots/trainers or plimsolls (I’m probably showing my age here by calling them ‘plimsolls’!). Mid-thigh length skirts and flat shoes were clearly the order of the day last sumer.

I also like the variety of skin colour on display – London in microcosm.

Young women's bare summer legs in a theatre queue

Soho Windows #6

A cleaner with a broom stops to look at his phone


This is what goes on in offices and shops across the world after hours. But capturing a shot of a cleaner through a window has eluded me. This is the only decent shot I’ve managed to get. They tend to flit around and work. As soon as I see the shot, they’re gone – before I can even lift my camera to my eye. So this is a rare moment – a cleaner actually stopping work. Thank goodness for smartphones!


Soho Windows #5

Woman looks out of a  cafe window in Soho


I really like it when I make eye contact with someone in my street photography. I am trying to capture a scene, an atmosphere, something candid, so I try not to get people’s attention because then they stop what they’re doing or behave differently. But if I can press that shutter just at the moment that they noticed me and before the mask comes down, I feel I’ve captured something special.

I’ve managed it before when taking photos around Soho in March 2013. I’ll add this one to my collection!



Empty – and sadly no more

Looking through a steamed up window of Beatroot cafe, Berwick Street, Soho, London


London is changing… and not for the better. I started this blog because I was aware of how much London had changed since I was a child and I wanted to capture the atmosphere and character of the city I love before it disappeared.

I took a walk down Berwick Street today. It was once home to a street market with a dozen fruit and veg stalls, many many fabric shops, record shops, cheap cafes, ironmongers, lighting shops – just everything you could possibly want or need and all from independent small businesses.

The lower part of the street – where the street market is struggling to keep going – is being refurbished with new pavement and road being laid and God knows what else. It’s been going on for what seems like years.

I took the photo above just a few months ago, shortly after or before I took this one. And today I saw that this cafe has closed down, along with almost all the other shops along the same side of the street. A popular fancy dress shop is now almost empty – even though it had queues outside before Hallowe’en last year. There are notices now about redevelopment. I hope (but fear) that Berwick Street doesn’t lose it’s wonderful character.


Sunday evening, suburbia #2

There’s just something about windows

Cakes in a cafe window in yellow light

I’m usually drawn to people but with these two shots I was drawn to them and I can’t explain why. The first one is very yellow much like many other shots I’ve taken at night. I think the colour might have drawn me.

The second one was just something about the old-fashioned lampshade and the rippled glass. It’s an odd thing to photograph I grant you – a lit lamp. But I had to do it and I really like the shot – again I can’t explain why. I think it might just be something to do with windows – I can’t help looking into them and taking photos of what I see.

Lit lampshade seen through the rippled glass of a window


Big brother is watching #2

An elderly lady and a couple walk in front of a CCTV camera

Taken on the South Bank a few months ago in the winter late afternoon sun

Sunday evening, suburbia


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