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As staircases go the one in City Hall, London is fairly impressive. Its understated, simplistic curves and never ending spirals make for one aesthetically pleasing piece of architecture. Residing on the banks of the Thames, near to Tower Bridge the building is most well known for housing Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London among other city officials. Starting from the top I indulged in the view, which unfortunately wasn’t much further than Tower Bridge in all its grandeur (at a squint I could just about make out Canary Wharf in the murky distance). However I was far more taken with the view coming down, it was a slow meandering process that involved stopping at every other step;  but that staircase just doesn’t have a bad angle! I visited City Hall as part of Open House London and I am very tempted to visit again next year as this Norman Foster designed building is possibly one of my favourites!

The Leadenhall BuildingThe Leadenhall BuildingThe Leadenhall BuildingThe Leadenhall Building, View from the 40th Floor40th Floor, The Leadenhall BuildingI’m a sucker for a good view, so last month I diligently waited in line to be whisked up to the 40th floor of The Leadenhall Building in London. Once a year Open House London lets the general public roam around some of the most architecturally intriguing buildings across the city, which is great if you don’t mind a bit of queuing. This distinctive design by Rogers Stirk Harbour Partners was finished earlier this year and is currently the tallest building within the City of London. Visiting the Leadenhall Building was a slight anticlimax. After waiting over an hour to get in (crazy I know) and experiencing a stomach lurching, ear popping assent over The Gherkin (fastest lifts in Europe); all to be rushed around the 40th floor as quickly as possible it was just a bit disappointing. Unfortunately London was being its usual miserable self weatherwise, with zero visibility the skyline was cloaked in a thick cloud of fog.

I made a hyperlapse of the jaw-dropping descent, going down at 8 metres per second it was pretty quick!

 My favourite thing about shooting film is the unknown, the pleasant surprise or vague disappointment when you pick up the negatives. I had completely forgotten about these images altogether until I stumbled across them last night whilst organizing the chaos that is my desk. From the dust accumulated I can only assume they have been there a while. They take me right back to last summer which was spent wandering and exploring one of my favourite localities; the quaint market town of Beccles, Suffolk. Taken on a late sunday afternoon everywhere was mildly deserted as if in some state of pensive melancholy; with the unexpected light leak only adding to the dreaminess of the place.

Happy New Year! 2013 flew by with such speed, that I can’t really believe its all over. I spent the last year in a bit of a creative rut, feeling uninspired and generally being quite lazy about posting work (when I actually did it), but 2014 is upon us; and I am determined to make the most of it and to shoot like crazy. Whilst still basking in the post firework watching/big ben chiming tv daze where everything seems achievable and dreams possible, I scribbled down a list of resolutions which I will definitely stick to. Or not. I have vowed to blog more, travel often, exercise etc etc. These photos are slightly unrelated, but as its the 1st of January I’m sticking to a least one resolution of trying to post work more frequently.  Taken on a recent walk over the festive period, whilst escaping the christmas chaos; new friends were made in the form of some very friendly horses.

134C0281134C0292134C0285Birmingham has more miles of canals than Venice. Technically these photos weren’t taken in Birmingham, but in a village in Warwickshire (pretty near). The Grand Union canal passes through Lapworth onto Birmingham eventually ending up in London, and its the longest in the country; stretching a massive 137 miles! I walked a couple of miles through the charming scenery of the Warwickshire countryside, but I think it would be fascinating to see the change in surroundings starting off in the city. I love the natural patterns created from the reflection of the water, dancing across the brick wall of the bridge.

So I seem to walk quite a lot, or I get dragged along quite a lot. Its hard to say which, but I do love it when it leads to some interesting shots. The family and I headed out to the picturesque Stratford on Avon Canal, located in Warwickshire. I’ve walked this one many times but I’ve never seen the water so still and mirror like, reflecting the landscape so clearly. Look closely (or squint) and you might see the Heron (clue: it’s in the 6th shot). After a long walk, we all plodded back and finished the outing in the local watering hole, conveniently located right next to the canal.

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January Snow, Belton, Norfolk.

As I’m writing this its trying to snow again. And failing. Snow in March?! I actually took these photos way back in January when the country was hit with a deluge of snow, which resulted in the perfect excuse to wear my Hunters and trek out into the wintery bliss. After nearly being swallowed by a disguised icy puddle, and firing off a few shaky shots due to freezing cold temperatures I decided it was time to head home and into the warmth.