Turning the corner from Whitehall into Northumberland Avenue takes you from the bright bustle into a darker area. The trees down each side of the road make it seem darker and more intimate that the grandeur of Whitehall. At the top corner were a few guys busking complete with full drum kit, guitars and amplifiers. They drew quite a crowd, but I carried on down towards the river. The avenue is a mixture of hotels, offices and a theatre. It also includes the Korean Cultural Centre which gave me my first image, the London bus reflected in a large image in the window of the centre. The centre runs a K-pop education programme, which reminded me of watching kids dancing to K-pop (and J-pop) in the parks in Lima, Peru, last year (view a youtube video). Further down the avenue I liked the look of the bicycle. I like photographing bicycle parts (I know, it's sad!) so I took one of the spokes in the rear wheel. Having passed the Playhouse Theatre, (currently showing 1984), I wandered back up the other side of the avenue and found my third image of the leaf in a puddle. I like a good reflection and although the reflection of the branches and sky above are very blown out, I really liked the feel of this one.
My next location, Marylebone Station, is about 3 miles north (and a bit west) of Northumberland Avenue, so I had some lunch at the Crypt at St Martins in-the-Field (a great place for a break) before wandering up through Leicester Square and then over to Regent Street and up to Oxford Circus before cutting through to Baker Street and then north to Marylebone Road and finally up Great Central Street to the station. I think I will take the tube back at the end of the day!
Photographing London, Surrey and beyond. From the top of the Shard to the end of the garden. . .