Once I got over that, I took some moody photos.
From Macclesfield I headed up to Edinburgh on the train. The journey through the Lake District provided a breathtaking prologue to this stunning city and I spent most of my time gazing around me in amazement at my failure to take this beautiful journey sooner.
Once I got over that, I took some moody photos.
On leaving London I headed North to Manchester for a "Naked Vegan Evening" not being a vegan or a nudist I was quite concerned that I wouldn't fit in but everyone was friendly and nice and I found myself relaxing over the course of the evening. I even got a couple of pictures of the city on the way there...
The 80 year old library in Friern Barnet was closed down by the local council in April for 'austerity' reasons despite fierce local resistance. On the 5th of September eight squatters broke into Friern Barnet Library looking for somewhere to live. Since the law changed on September 1st to make squatting in residential properties illegal, British squatters have had to look for new non-residential properties to occupy. So far so depressing.
But wait... What happened next?
This story is ongoing, and I intend to watch it closely. You can read more about it and keep up to date on their website, and see the story of their court battle on the guradian website.
15/10/12 - UPDATE - At the same time as I was writing this blog, Mrs Angry, of Broken Barnet was writing this in depth breakdown of the current situation.
Below is a series of pictures I shot when I visited the place on the 14th of September.
In September while wandering happily around Kew Gardens in the sunshine with my camera I spotted a scene that reminded me of the wonderful 20th Century photographer Andre Kertesz. I took this picture and titled it 'Kertesz Again'.
I had to call it 'Kertesz Again' as I had already taken a photo in Bristol in 2011 entitled 'An Homage to Kertesz'.
I have never taken a photo named after any other photographer and I very rarely stray away from colour. It's not just me that's so effected by his work. In Spring this year I came across a painting hanging in Centrespace Gallery in Bristol also entitled 'An Homage To Kertesz'.
I started to wonder what makes his work so inspirational. I realized that when I am feeling stuck in a rut and unsure how to approach a subject or scene I generally try to imagine how Kertesz would have seen it.
I've been looking back over his pictures trying to put my finger on what it is that is so special about his view of the world. I think it is something to do with a delicacy and subtlety of touch. His images are seductive but not sentimental. The world becomes a beautiful balanced pattern of light & shade with people becoming graphic shapes perfectly placed within the scene. Looking through his work is to experience the world afresh, to be constantly surprised and reminded of the power of the camera to reduce the world into beautiful mysteries.
Kertesz was born to a Jewish family in Budapest in 1894. He fought and was wounded in battle in WW1. He spent the 1920s and some of the 1930s living in Paris where he became close friends with the artist Piet Mondrian. In 1936 he made the practical choice to move to New York and seemed to have felt like an outsider for most of his life there - something that is often put forward as a reason for the amazing observational talents apparent in his work, the clear eyed view of the stranger. In 1941 America classified him as an Illegal Alien and banned him from publishing his work for several years. In 1963 he regained possession of the negatives he had left behind in France. When they arrived most of them were broken. He used this as a motivating force to make more work. In his eighties, living on the 18th floor of a New York apartment block and limited in his ability to move around, he produced a book of work called 'From My Window'.
As well as the delicacy of touch that makes his work so captivating, Kertesz is worth celebrating for his indomitable creative spirit in the face of a life of adversity.
I present to you a collection of his work below, it is not comprehensive, Kertesz produced some of the most iconic images of the 20th Century which I don't feel the need to reproduce here. If you like his work look him up.
While researching Kertesz - preparing a course on photographic theories and approaches - I discovered that throughout his life he worked on a project called 'On Reading'. This was a series of pictures capturing the intimate activity of reading in public, wherever Kertesz saw it. I have no idea of the dates or locations of any of these pictures, and they are rarely mentioned when his work is discussed, but I love them.
As Autumn appeared suddenly last week & the chill is noticeable in the air I felt it was time to publish some summery pictures to warm the heart.
In early September my mother and I had a lovey day out in Kew Gardens.
Bellow are some pictures I shot of the shadows at Barons Court Station on the way. Tomorrow I'll add pictures from Kew Gardens itself and the following day a slightly different post from usual.
Watch this space.