In the spring I headed back to Kensington to visit the palace and gardens. I used to work five minutes walk from here and never made it over so with a bit of time off work it seemed like a good place to explore.
The Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens is impressive, particularly in the sunlight.
And the Royal Albert Hall, one of London’s finest venues.
This week we had to make a trip to Manchester for work. Having lived there it feels a little strange just visiting, but its interesting seeing how the city changes in between visits.. We had a little time to spare before we had to catch a train so took the opportunity to have a wander around the Christmas markets.
It’s interesting how we default to representing Japan in colour; Japanese culture emphasises balance and simplicity – surely the ideal form of representing it is in black and white! Take, for example, the Shinkansen train station in Kyoto.
If you are in London between now and Christmas you may notice that dotted around the city there are various statues of the fictional bear from Peru, Paddington. This little bear, and the adventures he went on in the Michael Bond books was an important part of my childhood so I couldn’t resist seeking out a couple while I was in the area.
There are 50 in total – and you can download a map of their locations from the Visit London website here,
Nara, just outside Kyoto; we’ve been here before, wandering with the deer. That was all through this lady’s viewfinder:
It’s a wonderful, magical place. Better known for the Tōdai-ji, it inspires visitors to take in the expanses and vistas, and to enjoy the large scale. But don’t miss the details!
I had a meeting in London on Remembrance Day this week. Since I was in London I decided to make a quick detour before my meeting started so I could see the installation at the Tower of London – Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. On Tuesday the last poppy of the art installation was planted – 888,246 ceramic poppies which each represent a British fatality in the First World War. I had my fuijifilm x10 with me so managed to get a few panoramas shots which show the scale of the installation.
Autumn is now upon us and I’m still sorting through the photographs from summer. Today I came across a shot from a stroll around one of the local reservoirs – Pitsford in Northamptonshire. It’s great for a Sunday morning walk.
Life is hard for former child stars. The media, the fans, the studios – it’s all pressure. Take Harry Potter, for example; his life has definitely gone downhill since the end of the films. Last time I saw him, he was working as an usher in Dotombori.