From Pentonville Road, I walked up Penton Street into Barnsbury Road and then cut down Copenhagen Street to the Caledonian Road and turned North to wander up to the prison. There are a surprising number of prisons in London, but Pentonville Prison was close and looked like the one for me.
It was pretty quite outside and I wandered into the entrance road and took a few images of things that interested my. As I photographed the broken mirror by the entrance, a prison guard (on her way home from work) stopped me and asked what I was up to. I explained my journey around the monopoly board and her mood softened. We talked about the prison and photography and then she told me all about Shit London. I thought she teasing me, but she wasn't, and I am now a happy member of the Shit London facebook group.
The second image was one of my favourites, basically a few branch shadows on the prison wall. It's the kind of image that makes me happy, but I won't be upset if no-one else likes it! My third image was of a tiny plastic bag. I liked the way it sat on the pavement outside the prison and it wasn't until much later that I learned it's true purpose. So, all in all it was an instructive time and I really like the images from the jail (just visiting on this occasion).
Once I finished at HMP Pentonville I had a long walk to my next location. I took it gently back down the Caledonian Road to Pentonville Road, past Kings Cross, St Pancras and Euston Stations until I got to the top of Tottenham Court Road. I had a long break in Cafe Nero and then wound my way down to Charring Cross Road and continued on to Trafalgar Square and finally into Pall Mall. It had been a very long day, my feet were sore and Pall Mall (my next location) would have to wait.
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Back up from Euston Road past Kings Cross Station (again) and back along the Pentonville Road. Now, I don't want to give the impressing that this is not my favourite part of London, but to be honest I had walked up and down Pentonville Road enough times for one photography project! However, it did have a good lot to see. . . my first image is of a window propped open by a bottle of red wine. I watched the guy the flat making sure it was safe and we shared a smile. It was a nice warm day it it obviously cooled down the kitchen and warmed up the wine, a perfect combination.
Further back towards Kings Cross was a very nice looking cafe, where I enjoyed a pot of tea and a biscuit. A little further up toward the Angel there was big time demolition going on where watch it come down were doing a precision job of making it come down.
Photographing London, Surrey and beyond. From the top of the Shard to the end of the garden. . .