Summer has been and gone and autumn is already making its presence known here in England. Endless cloud cover and a drizzling of rain is becoming the norm. So I’m hiding inside today, cocooned under my duvet with a plethora of hot tea to keep me warm; wishing I could back to a sunny day. I took these photos in Southwold, a quaint Suffolk town a few weeks ago when the sun was shining brightly and it was acceptable and warm enough to eat ice creams on the beach. Its one of my favourite places to amble around, indulging in treats and just exploring all the cute shops. Whilst there I shot a few photos for my sister’s blog, which you can find here.
Above is a montage of all my favourite iPhone shots, many of which are on my Instagram.
I’ve walked down Leadenhall Street many times, but never have I managed to stumble my way into this charming indoor market. Dating back from the 14th century Leadenhall Market is one of the oldest in London, and the mix of ornate architecture and decor instantly transports you to diagon alley a time of colonialism and British rule. Unfortunately my accidental visit was early on a sunday morning and most of the shops were still closed, but there were a couple of stalls open selling some wonderful handmade items.
A couple of shots from last weekend on my flying visit to the capital, a mere five hours of roaming and adventure. I frantically raced back from Notting Hill towards the river, trying to catch the pretty sunset; but sadly I missed it and ended up with the blue serenity of the London skyline instead.
A while ago I went on a much needed jaunt to Lincoln. Having gone there for University, I pretty much know the place inside out and it was such a welcome return to go back. I graduated a year ago, so I’ve really missed the place and all of my lovely friends (most of which are still there). I decided it was time for a holiday so me and one of my best friends booked ourselves into the new DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lincoln, ready for a relaxing weekend. I don’t think you can ever be a tourist in your own city, but its completely different once you no longer live there. I experienced everything with fresh eyes, camera in hand and ready to explore. My first point of call was Steep Hill, and yes it lives up to the name! It leads up towards the historic quarter, which is all things quaint and wonderful. Lined with cute independant tea rooms and shops, it was the perfect way to spend a lazy morning just wandering about and drinking tea. Another place not to be missed on my checklist was Lincoln Cathedral in all its grandeur. It dates back from medieval times, although its had lots of amendments since, as well as being attacked by fires and earthquakes! I was really hoping to do the roof or tower tour, but it wasn’t to be. However I did manage to capture the magnificent gothic architecture, so I was slightly consoled. We finished off the afternoon in style, hiding from the rain and drinking champagne.
My birthday involved some serious sunshine, and it probably wasn’t the best time to visit Cambridge in the midst of a heat wave. The shops were a welcome escape from the heat and a perfect excuse for birthday presents! Everytime I visit there is a need to explore, and I’m constantly finding new hidden passages and courtyards full of architecture and history. I was desperate to go punting as I’ve never been, but sadly due to the intense heat it wasn’t to be. I’m crossing my fingers for next time.
Photos from what should of been a brilliant day, but turned out not to be. One of those days where just everything goes wrong. It all started in Kensington, and yet again the Circle & District lines weren’t fully operating so it was a bit trickier than expected to get there. My generally brilliant sense of direction failed me and I got lost; but it resulted in a lovely stroll through Kensington Gardens. All I found of the usually popular deck chairs were these lonesome three in perfect unison and I daren’t sit on them for fear of being hounded for the ridiculous fee! Whilst in Kensington there was a failed trip to the Bowie exhibition at the V&A, and a flying visit around the Environmental Photographer of the Year 2013 exhibition. The photography continued with a trip to Somerset House to see Landmark: The Fields of Photography. It was by far my favourite part of the day, as it was all of my favourite photographers work in the same room. From Edward Burtynsky, Robert Adams, Olaf Otto Becker and Thomas Struth to name a few. My dissertation at University was on climate change and its affect upon the landscape through photography, so I was really excited to see this exhibition. Unfortunately its now closed, or I’d have definitely made a second trip!
So I took these a while ago, but as I’m only shooting film at the moment I’m just super slow at uploading. It was a really quick excursion to London which resulted in some really interesting architectural finds; and this only happened because I got lost. I absolutely had my heart set on experiencing the ‘Rain Room’ exhibition at the Barbican Centre, so off I set. Of course with it being a Saturday this meant all of the necessary tube lines were out of action, google maps to the rescue! The Barbican Estate is maze like and I did manage to get lost trying to get to the Barbican Centre nestled in the middle. This huge estate was built in the 1960s and 70s and is a fine example of brutalist architecture designed by Chamberlin and Powell & Bon. Architecture just intrigues me in general, but the mix of lakes, gardens and towering concrete structures was a powerful image. My photos really don’t do it justice. Once I got to the exhibition I went into a state of shock with the phenomenal size of the que, it was a three/four hour wait! So sadly it wasn’t to be. I’d already pre-booked tickets to the Valentino ‘Master of Couture’ exhibition at Somerset House which was the closing day. So I spent the rest of the afternoon surrounded by some of the most beautiful and exquisite haute couture dresses which celebrated the work of Valentino. It started with a rare glimpse into Valentino’s world with personal notes and photos, followed by a catwalk of designs. Ending with the intricately detailed wedding dress of Princess Marie Chantal of Greece. Unfortunately both of these exhibitions have now finished.
Cambridge is the perfect blend of regal and pretty. It’s probably one of my favourite places to visit with its mix of architecture, art, shops and all round quintessential englishness. Its most well known for its majestic college buildings, with the University dating back from 1209. During my brief visit to the city, I visited King’s College which is regarded as one of the finest examples of gothic architecture in the country. The day was a mix of tourism and coffee shops, but unfortunately I missed out on punting down the river. Maybe next time!
A few weeks ago I found myself in London with a few free hours. Camera in hand, I hopped on a train to Greenwich with nothing but exploration in mind. I was mesmerised by the quaintness of the place with all of the cute shops and grand architecture. Greenwich is home to many famous landmarks, with the Cutty Sark and the Royal Observatory; home to the Meridian Line (GMT). But I was itching to go the National Maritime Museum to see the Ansel Adams exhibition ‘Photography from the Mountains, to the Sea’. I spent the afternoon there, lost in the majestic landscapes of the American National Parks. A well recommended exhibition!