My camera is also the extension of my eye. I intend this blog to be a showcase for my photography past and present. My photographic interests are many and varied, they include landscape, birds and wildlife, and all kinds of studio photography. London is a great city and has many interesting place as photgraphic subjects. I make photo albums of a lot of these subjects and will post a picture from these with a link to the album where appropriate.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Solarcan is a pinhole camera in a can. You set it up pointing in the general direction of South
and leave there for up to six months. During this time, each day the light from the Sun passes
through the pinhole and traces its path across the sky on the sensitive film inside the can. At
the end of the desired time you open the can and remove the film which will have a trace of
Tony Allen the Nigerian drummer died suddenly in Paris aged 79 on Thursday 30 April 2020. He is best known for creating Afrobeat with Fela Kuti another great Nigerian musician. My images are from his London concert at the Royal Festival Hall, September 2015. The concert also featured Baaba Maal the Senegalese singer and Toumani Diabate, Kora player. #tonyallendrummer
The installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, created by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper marked the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. A total 888,246 ceramic poppies progressively filled the Tower’s famous moat, attracting over 5 million visitors.
Tall ships at Greenwich Royal Naval College 2014 in the style of 1814 Tectona, built in India in 1929, is moored outside.
The Tall Ships Festival brought ships from all around the world to the river Thames cantered at Greenwich. On Tues 9 Sept they left for a Parade of Sail - along the River Thames from Greenwich to the mouth of the river. A fleet of more than 50 vessels passed the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf as they said farewell to the capital. Lead by Dar Mlodziezy, the biggest ship under sail that day.
The Polish training ship, Dar Mlodziezy ("The Gift of Youth").
The Shtandart is a modern replica of a Russian navy flagship that was built for Peter the Great in 1703. Oosterschelde is the largest restored Dutch sailing ship, a monument for Dutch shipbuilding, passes through the Thames barrier, it has saved London from being flooded for many years.
The Metropolitan Line steam days were to mark the 125th anniversary of the Chesham branch line service. The special journeys on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 August ran between Wembley Park and Rickmansworth. These pictures were taken at Harrow on the Hill station.
People really got into the spirit of the event, the driver included.
The train steamed back to Rickmansworth after a stop an Harrow on the Hill.
The "lights out" event concluded a day of ceremonies marking 100 years since Britain entered World War One. Across the nation people were invited to turn off their lights for an hour until 23:00 BST, the time war was declared in 1914. London went dark for an hour.
Unannounced, a mysterious blue beam appeared in the sky at dusk and for seven nights, it was visible across the city between sunset and sunrise.London landmarks were seen against the light.
From Jubilee bridge, South bank.
Westminster Abbey from Broad Sanctuary.
Spectra was an art installation by Ryoji Ikeda, produced and presented by Artangel. It consisted of a twenty-metre grid containing forty-nine searchlights installed at Victoria Tower Gardens. People could walk within the grid, experiencing a specially composed soundtrack by Ikeda.
HMS Belfast was launched in Belfast on St Patrick’s Day 1938 and was the largest and most powerful cruiser in the Royal Navy. She played a crucial role escorting Arctic convoys to the Soviet Union during 1943.
In June 1944 Belfast spent five weeks in Operation Overlord supporting the D-Day Normandy landings. She reportedly fired one of the first shots on D-Day. From 1950-1952 the ship played an active role in the Korean War. She is now preserved by the Imperial War Museum. http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/hms-belfast
HMS Belfast's bell, Silver ship's bell, bearing the arms of the City of Belfast. The inside of the rim
has various names engraved on it, as the bell (inverted) was used as a font and those baptised were
named here, in naval tradition.
The view from the bridge, today looking upstream over the river Thames.
These are the forward A and B Turrets each holding three of the twelve
6-inch guns, each capable of delivering a shell onto a target 12½ miles away.
The Doggett's Coat & Badge Race takes place annually on the Thames between London Bridge and Cadogan Pier (Chelsea). It is the oldest rowing race in the world with up to six River Thames apprentice watermen taking part in a race which has been held every year since 1715.
Here we see the traditional watermen's red coat with a
silver badge being worn by previous winners of the race.
The rowers are followed by the umpire's motorlaunch 'Panache'.
This year the race was watched by The Duke of Duke of Edinburgh, the first time since 1951.
The flotilla of small boats follow the race upstream to the finish at Chelsea.