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At the end of my Oxford Street walk I was thinking about the next challenge of Community Chest. At the time I was watching the world go by at Oxford Circus and was being blasted by the words of the Lord coming out of a small speaker next to this preacher standing above the tube station stairs. The words on the plackard were hard to read as they were covered in plastic, but the message was clear... 'It's Jesus or Hell'. I guess it pays to get to the point and I would like to thank the preacher for giving me one of my favourite images of this project. Later I found myself back in Soho Square, my idea was to shoot the Radha Krishna Temple, but in the end the two street cleaners, helping tourist find their way, was a more engaging image of community. My final image was of Centrepoint Tower at the junction of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road. This was one of the first tower blocks in London and has remained empty for much of it's life. At one time it was taken over to house the homeless and inspired the Centrepoint charity, which still promotes help for the homeless. So in a way the empty tower has inspired a community. Have a good new year!
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Having walked the length of Regent Street all the way from Pall Mall up to Portland Place (in signt of the BBC Broadcasting Centre) it was an easy walk back south to Oxford Circus. I went west along Oxford Street first taking in all that the busy street had to offer. I was taken by the beauty that was just a few feet above the madness of last minute shopping at street level. The old clock above Selfridges was my first image of the night closely followed the leaves on a tree by the side of the road. By the time I made it back to Oxford Circus I was focussing back at street level. The multiple exposure image is a simple mix of a shopper (walking down the central pavement toward Oxford Circus from the east) and a few general shots of lights and decorations in the area. I also shot my Community Chest images in the area, but more of thos next week. Happy Christmas!
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I started my journey this week from New Scotland Yard, where last weeks visit had ended. It was a good walk through the pre-Christmas crowds. I walked back to Birdcage Walk and then through St. James Park, over the Mall, up Marlborough Road and then North to Picadilly, then East to the bottom of Regent Street. It was the just 10 days before Christmas everything was busy. As I walked north up Regent Street the light was fading giving the multiple exposure image an interesting feel. As I walked up the middle part of the Regent Street (north from Piccadilly Circus) it was really pretty dark but it gave an interesting feel for both the man standing in the passing bus and the people waiting to cross at Oxford Circus.
I really like these three images, which I hope give you a good feeling of how attractive and busy the west end is at Christmas time.
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The 1st two Go To Jail images were shot on the same day as the Piccadilly images. The one of the two policeman was taken in Leicester Square and the flag reflection was from New Scotland Yard. The New Scotland Yard building was being decomissioned as the Police have now moved on. It had been a nice walk from Piccadilly, through Green Park, past Buckingham Palace and then cutting through the small roads off Birdcage Walk down to Broadway where New Scotland Yard is (was?). The third image is a composite from Pentonville Prison, taken earlier on my project. My next location will be Regent Street, so after a busy day, I called it a day and will return to my journey next week.
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After the lows of Coventry Street come the highs of Piccadilly, just a short walk through Piccadilly Circus and into Piccadilly as I continue to head west. I stopped at Caffe Nero, opposite Waterstones the largest bookshop in europe. After a cup of tea I continued exploring Piccadilly. The Waterstones store is a big shop and I could happily spend most of the day in there, but I had to get on. Piccadilly is a good mix of money (The Ritz Hotel), culture (Royal Academy), popular culture (the Hard Rock Cafe) and green space (Green Park). As you pass through the first half there are arcades and up market shops (and the beginning of Bond Street) so after a good long walk I was ready for a sit down in Green Park to watch the world go by. My images today are of the lights in Princes Academy and the Ritz Hotel and a neon sign from the Hard Rock Cafe. Hope you like them...
Photographing London, Surrey and beyond. From the top of the Shard to the end of the garden. . .