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A new day found me with a long walk from Trafalgar Square all the way to Fenchurch Street Station. It was about two and a half miles and took me the best part of an hour. By the time I arrived I needed a cup of tea, so took a rest at Caffe Nero. After refreshments I had a walk around the station and the a look around the general location. In all the years I had lived and worked in London I had never been to Fenchurch Street station, so it gave me another new view of the city. My images were easy to find for a change. I liked the view of the Gherkin building from under the pavement outside the station. I think the old wooden cover over the station pavement really adds to the curves in the image. The second image was of the crane with yet more development in the city. I think the clear dull sky helps with this one. The last image was on the little square outside the station. There was a stall selling great looking bread with a cold lady waiting for her next customer. I had to move a little to get the taxi where I wanted it in the background, but I think it works well. I only spent about an hour at the station and I was soon on my way back to Leicester Square. Another good walk, back to the west.
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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!
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Free parking means I must be half way around the Monopoly Photography London tour. When I started this project free parking seemed an unlikely proposition in London. I was told that it is possible at various supermarkets but I didn't feel that was what I was looking for. However, I found that I could park my motorbike for free at the Q Park car park near Trafalgar Square (the location of my first image this week, see map below). That's great as you have to pay to park your motorbike in the motorbike spaces on the road. So, thank you to Q Park!
I also noticed that diplomats seemed to be uninterested in paying for parking in London, hence my second image of a car with diplomatic plates in the middle of Parliament Street. The government states that outstanding parking fines by embassy staff totals over £75 million since 2013! You will be pleased to know that the US heads the list at a little over £8m followed by Japan at £5.6m and then Russia at £5.1m.
My final image is of the Police happily parked up and having a bit of lunch. Lets face it everyone has to eat (so good luck to them?).
The free parking images have been taken at various times during the project, so my walk to the next location, Strand, really started from last weeks location, Vine Street. This was a pleasant short walk down to Piccadilly, west to Leicester Square, then south down Charring Cross Road, past Trafalgar Square and then onto the start of the Strand which leads off towards the City to the East. See you on the Strand, next week.
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As I was about to leave the Old Kent Road, I spied a tank. A very large tank, just off the beaten track down Mandela Way! As I was on a Monopoly walk I decided that this would be my community chest location. Although a former Czech army T-34 tank may not be the obvious community chest item, I figured that as it had been used and abused for artistic purpose, then it was good enough for me. So, here we have the tank in all it's glory.
A little but of googling shows that the tanks installed by Russell Gray, following a failed attempt to gain planning permission for this site. Apparently the turret is pointing to the council offices, who turned him down!
Click here to read more from Hidden Wonders web site.
By the time I finished with the tank the rain was coming down so I had a very soggy walk up Tower Bridge Road, over the bridge and on to Whitechapel Road for my next location.
The game of Monopoly starts at GO! But this has no obvious location within London. After a bit of googling I learn that (according to the Ordnance Survey) the location of GO is Lambeth North tube station. Doesn't sound too convincing to me, but it proved an interesting location to start my photographic journey around London's Monopoly board locations.
Lambeth North is a dirty and pretty unloved station languishing south of the river. But it is close to the Imperial War Museum and a good starting point for a visit to the Lee Miller "A woman's war" exhibition.
If black and white grime photography is your thing then give Lambeth North a try.
Photographing London, Surrey and beyond. From the top of the Shard to the end of the garden. . .