(ISO 400, f5.6, 1/100, AWB)
(ISO 400, f5.6, 1/100, AWB)
(ISO 400, f3.4, 1/20, AWB)
(ISO 800, f3.4, 1/13, AWB)
(19/02/13, 14:13, ISO 80, f5.6, 1/320, AWB)
(21/02/13, 07:33, ISO 80, f3.4, 1/60, AWB)
(23/02/13, 17:19, ISO 200, f3.5, 1/30, AWB)
(23/02/13, 18:09, ISO 800, f4.5, 1/8, AWB)
Hungerford Bridge leads directly back into Charing Cross Station, on the north bank of the Thames, but before you enter the station itself, there’s a small market with a handful of stalls. The following two photos were taken in the said market, but I couldn’t decide whether I preferred the image in colour or in monochrome, hence both are included here…c’est à vous 😉
(23/02/13, 18:12, ISO 500, f3.4, 1/20, AWB)
[ISO 160, 5mm, f3.4, 1/500, AWB]
[ISO 160, 16mm, f4.5, 1/1000, AWB]
[ISO 160, 21mm, f4.5, 1/1000, AWB]
This laboring of ours with all that remains undone,
as if still bound to it,
is like the lumbering gait of the swan.
And then our dying—releasing ourselves
from the very ground on which we stood—
is like the way he hesitantly lowers himself
into the water. It gently receives him,
and, gladly yielding, flows back beneath him,
as wave follows wave,
while he, now wholly serene and sure,
with regal composure,
allows himself to glide.
(translation by Joanna Macy and Anita Barrows)
Rainer Maria Rilke
[ISO 160, 51mm, f8, 1/1250, AWB]
[ISO 160, 20mm, f4.5, 1/400, AWB]
[ISO 160, 24mm, f5.6, 1/1250, AWB]
[ISO 80, 14mm, f4.5, 1/800, AWB]
[ISO 100, 12mm, f8, 1/2000, AWB]
[ISO 125, 12mm, f4, 1/500, AWB]
[ISO 80, 51mm, f5.6, 1/640, AWB]
[ISO 160, 5mm, f3.4, 1/640, AWB]
[ISO 160, 6mm, f3.5, 1/640, AWB]
Before today, I think the last time that I watched a film in the BFI IMAX cinema, near London’s Waterloo Station, was probably around ten years ago, when I went with some workmates to see Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: a Space Oddysey’, but this morning I returned there to watch ‘Les Misérables’. Despite it being a very successful long-running musical in London’s West End theatres, I was barely aware of the plot, much less the songs (with the exception of ‘I dreamed a dream’, which I was familar with through Susan Boyle’s unforgettable appearance on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ a few years ago).
The IMAX screen is the largest in Europe, and as such, it was a perfect venue to watch an epic film such as ‘Les Misérables’. It’s a long film, around two and three-quarter hours, but for me it was well worth the watching, with some great cinemaphotography…and you’d have to have a heart of stone to find yourself not shedding a tear at some point during the film…;). Anyway here’s the said cinema, photographed after I’d left it early afternoon, and taken from the southern side of Waterloo Bridge. By the way, that strange looking yellow vehicle, about to cross Waterloo Bridge, is a Duck Tours amphibious vehicle, that really does travel on both land and water ;).
Late afternoon and early evening today, I spent in the King’s Cross and St Pancras area, in the Euston Road, so here are some photos of the vicinity.
Finally, I spent a couple of early evening hours in this pub in the Euston Road, watching Southampton FC beat Manchester City 3-1…
The pedestrianised part of West Street, in Fareham, Hampshire, is home to a number of modern sculptures, constituting the Henry Cort Collection, and easily my favourite amongst them is Anvil Man above ;). He got a fresh coat of paint last summer, to prepare for the visit of The Princess Royal, who came to Fareham to open a nearby children’s play area commemorating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
I’m also very fond of Albert Road in Southsea, a street with considerable character. As I was walking along it this morning, this sunlit doll in the window of Grannies’ Attic caught my eye. When I took the photograph, I didn’t notice that she was holding a sign in her left hand, which reads ‘My name is Bonnie’. Coincidence is a curious thing sometimes; at present I am reading John Suchet’s poignant tale of his wife’s dementia, a book entitled ‘My Bonnie’.
I spent the first two dozen years of my life living in the county of Kent, so this is a very familiar sight to me, a train about to head out of Victoria station, through south-east London surburbs, and deep into the Kentish countryside…