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Again my route retraced my steps back along the Strand to Trafalgar Square. I took a couple of water images and particularly liked the four bottoms sitting on the edge of the fountain. I watched the buskers and the artists for a while and then saw the back of the girl looking at the hoarding with the big face images. I thought this looked interesting and I was happy with how it turned out. This was my last visit of the day, which had been pretty productive and a long walk! Hope you like the images.
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The Strand leads into Fleet Street so it was an easy transition from one location to the next. As I wandered along Fleet Street you enter the City of London just by the Royal Courts of Justice. The move into the City is marked by the Temple Bar boundary dragon statue, standing proud in the middle of the road. This part of the street still feels pretty old, but as you travel east you can see how much it has changed since I arrived in London in the late 1970's. Although the newspapers and printers have all gone, a few of their watering holes remain. If you look you can also see some of the newspaper offices, which were once so busy and powerful. My first image is of the front entrance of the old Express building. Today, the best hint to its past are the letters spelling out Express at the entrance to the building, which you can see at the far right of the image. My second image is of the reflection of people walking down Fleet Street, sandwiched between the buildings and the busses blocking the road. My final image is looking North to a new modern addition to the landscape. I really like the two people in this image, one wasting time (like me, enjoying the view) and a second walking with purpose along the walkway. I also like the Wolff crane in the background, testament to the ever changing skyline.
By the time I had finished photographing in Fleet Street, it was time to wander back to the West. My next location, Trafalgar Square, was about a mile back from where I had come so I decided to drop down Middle Temple Lane to the river so I could walk along the Embankment all the way to Northumberland Avenue and then up to Trafalgar Square.
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My images for this Chance location came from other locations on my journey which fit the theme. My first image is a sign in a window with the words "Do What You Love". It's something we all know we should do, but few of us do enough of. So, it's just a reminder to myself to take more of a chance and get on with the things I love and get rid of this I don't! The second was a reminder to take a chance on yourself... to Stay Lucky and Hustle. You stand a much better chance if you do. Finally, the Trafalgar Square image is a reminder to take a chance on life. We have no idea what is around the corner. If we take a chance on whoever and whatever comes our way, the world should be a better place.
So, take a chance today... on yourself, your ideas and on London, you may be surprised how well it turns out!
Photographing London, Surrey and beyond. From the top of the Shard to the end of the garden. . .