Images from the week 12th – 18th March
I have two relatives in hospital in London at the moment (both in different hospitals which is a nuisance, but never mind). Rather than going backwards and forwards I decided to stay in London for most of the week this week, and it worked really well as it meant I could go into central London to take photos. I also got to Tate Britain and Tate Modern again. I’ll put images from those visits into another post.
On the Wednesday afternoon I’d walked up to Parliament Square; there were several protests going on. I don’t usually take photos of people on the street, but as protesters obviously they were quite keen to be photographed and to get their message out; it felt reasonable in the circumstances to try to capture a few images. I think these are my favourites, so for me I notice that instead of the crowds I am picking out individuals within those crowds. But for me as soon as people are involved there is just a bit too much going on for me to make visual sense of it very quickly. I’ll probably add more protest images I took later, but as yet I haven’t spent time working out which ones work and which don’t and why that is.
My tutor told me it’s a good idea to go back to the same places and take photos of them again (and again and again I think). It certainly makes me more experimental when I know I’m going to come back to a place again and again. I decided to go back to Tower Bridge. I find the bridge quite difficult to photograph – at least to get something different, something that expresses what it feels like being on the bridge rather than just an image of it from a distance.
I tried the same thing with St Paul’s Cathedral which I have photographed before. Strangely, I haven’t been inside the cathedral for years – not since I was a primary school child. I remember eating lunch in the crypt and having to walk up spiral staircases (which for some reason I’m not very good at; I seem to loose coordination if I have to go up spiral stairs! I started with some images from the viewing gallery at Tate Modern, walked across Millennium Bridge and then past St Paul’s.