Snapping London: Hybrid Elephant

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Back in 2013, a friend convinced me that we should venture the streets of London first thing Sunday morning.

Sunday mornings are for sleeping in, but not on this day.

We traipsed the streets of Shoreditch on our mini photo walk taking pictures of the tranquil streets before the Sunday crowds came out to shop, eat and chill.

I managed to photograph the graffiti Shoreditch is known for and this one by Puerto Rican artist Alexis Diaz was easily one of my favourites.

There are more, but I will share them in future blog posts.

Anyway, let’s just say after that day, I haven’t done another early morning photo walk and honestly, I wouldn’t mind doing it again. It was fun.

If in London, would you prefer an early morning photo walk or a night crawl?

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Press: Virgin Money London Marathon 2019

Event: London Marathon 2019
Venue: City of London
Date: 24th & 25th April (Press Days), 28th April (Race Day) & 29th April (Winners Day)

Photo highlights from this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon. I would normally do one or two days during the week aka Press Days, then cover the actual Race Day which is on Sundays and then the Winners Press Day is on Monday.

Press Days – Elite Men, Women and British

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Race Day

On Race Day this year, I started off at Embankment with the Coca Cola London Eye as my backdrop for some of my shots. I then moved on to the finish line where I could capture some of the runners as they finished their race.

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This year a friend was running the marathon and I managed to capture her as she crossed the finish line. It was not an easy task seeing how many people were finishing at the same time, but the London Marathon App really helped as I was tracking her race.

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Winners Press Day

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I am always in awe of all the runners and inspired by them just taking part, be it as an elite runner, for charity or just themselves, that I actually entered myself for the London Marathon 2020 ballot.

Eeeekkk!

I don’t know if I am successful or not until October 2019. Wish me luck!

Have you run a marathon? If so, care to share training/running tips.

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Snapping London: Incinerator

Incinerator, 2019.

Over the years as I have attended the Harrow Campus of the University of Westminster, I have photographed this Northwick Park Hospital incinerator a few times as a result of an unexplainable fascination with it.

This one was shot on my iPhone after leaving the campus library late. The first snowfall of this season had just fallen. Seen here as it is illuminated on the path leading from the station to the hospital.

Edited on Instagram before posting up on my feed.

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‘One Two Three Swing’ at TATE Modern & River Thames Stroll Day Out

Hey Beautiful People,

I know, I know…I have been AWOL, but adulting has got me focused on anything else other than updating my blog / socials.

But…I am back.

Please forgive me if I do a little bit of catching up with what I have been up to and I will start with an activity I did with my family back in February during the school half-term.

The weather in London suddenly got a break and there was not a cloud to be seen in the sky. It was cold, but the sunshine was glorious.

AAAAANNDDDDD…..LONDON IS BEAUTIFUL when the sun comes out to play.

So, my family and I went out for the day. I love art installations and Tate Modern had a very interactive one called “ONE TWO THREE SWING” by Danish artists’ collective called SUPERFLEX. You can read all about it here.

After visiting Tate Modern, we took a stroll down the river side of the Thames and we found that the tide was low and we could actually go down to the banks. This for me (and the kids) was a first and it was nice.

All in all, I didn’t know how the day would turn out, but I managed to capture a few pictures and some footage for my Youtube channel. So here goes…

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St Paul’s Cathedral – Up close and from a distance. Told you London is beautiful when the sun comes out to play.

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One Two Three Swing Installation in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern – I just loved how interactive this art installation was and I wish there are more like this in the future.

The kids enjoying the artwork. It was actually kind of fun swinging with another person. See me having a go in my video below.

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This huge ball was actually swinging above people sitting on the colourful carpet as part of the installation. Pretty cool stuff!

If you haven’t been in the Turbine Hall in Tate Modern, this part of the floor slopes. If you watch my video, you will see my kids actually rolling down it. The Turbine Hall is a very impressive space even when it is empty. You can just get lost in your thoughts in whilst you are in there. I just love it!

Last shots of the day…

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The skyline of London with St Paul’s, The Leadenhall Building aka “The Cheesegrater” and 20 Fenchurch Street aka “The Walkie Talkie” seen on the horizon.

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Looking back at these images just reminded me of how much I love photographing London. I even started a series of images under Snapping London and I think I will definitely get back to it. This one of St Paul’s that I shot back in 2009 as part of the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk, brings back awesome memories of just being in the moment and meeting new people with similar photographic passions.

Do you think I should revive my Snapping London series?

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