Touring London.

Hello everyone! It’s so good to be blogging again! I’ve missed it the last week. I took a break because I was unsure of where my blog was going and what kind of posts I wanted to get out there. But there is nothing like coming back on a fresh week and talking about something that you love! I’m always afraid that my posts are becoming lackluster and that my heart isn’t in it but then I find something I love to talk about and I get excited again.

Living just North of London means that it’s only a 40 minute train journey away and it means visiting as often or as little as I want. The train can be expensive for the day though unless you have a specific place to go and are staying for your time in London. I always get confused with the underground and am never sure which zone I need (if you have been to London I’m sure you’ll know what I mean).

This weekend my parents were taking my two oldest nieces to a day out in the city and they kindly invited me and my sister along! I love spending time with my family so I didn’t want to decline.

Since it was my nieces first time in the London, my parents decided to take them on a tour bus around, showing all the tourist sites. I’ve been to London a few times and seen all of them but it was still fun to go around and see it on a tour bus and showing my nieces around.

Here are some of my photographs from the day, most of these were taken on my phone because I dropped my camera and for the whole day I refused to use it in case I found that it was broken so it stayed in my sisters bag for the rest of the day. I tested it when we got home and to my relief it wasn’t broken, phew.IMAG1824a We used a company called Golden Tours  but there are loads to choose from, this one was significantly cheaper. Most of the companies offer a hop-on hop-off service, which means for a certain time period, you get to use the buses around London, getting off at whichever stop you like and then getting on again wherever you like. This company also have a boat trip included in the price and other companies you had to pay extra for the boat ride. Or you can stay on the bus and not worry about a ride across the Thames! We started at Trafalgar square and as you can see it was absolutely packed. It was a pretty nice day so I guess everyone had the same idea. I’ve been to Trafalgar square in the pouring rain and even during the Winter and it has always been busy. I’m yet to see it empty. IMAG1825a We then got onto the tour bus and they gave us headphones so that we could plug them in and then listen to a tour guide, which explained a lot of the buildings, with lots of facts about The Great Fire of London and The Blitz during world war 2.

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I was just trying to give myself a halo using the sun rays (which I was being blinded by) and then I realised I was taking a selfie with a tourist. Smile!

London has a mixture of old and new buildings. The majority of the more modern buildings are covered in completely glass windows whilst the older buildings are more Gothic. Some of the buildings used to be warehouses. They are now mostly offices or have been converted into businesses.IMAG1836aIMAG1838aIMAG1844aIMAG1854a IMAG1861a Then of course you have the buildings and attractions which London is famous for.

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Because you can get on and off the buses as you like during the day, it makes it easy to walk around and see everything a lot better. You can get off at all the major attractions so you don’t have to worry about finding them yourself and you can get right back on in the same place. It also means you can get off and grab lunch wherever you want!

After we were done with the tour, we went down Oxford Street and looked in a few of the shops. But it was so busy and it was hard work just walking down the street. In Oxford Street you’ll find The Body Shop, Zara, Next, New Look, Debenhams, John Lewis, Selfridges, River Island etc. and the worlds worst Primark I have ever been in. I never want to go in there again!

If you’re thinking of going to London but are not sure if you’d like to go on a tour or not then I recommend it. If you’ve never been to London before then it can be a great way of showing you round before you start venturing out on your own. It’s also good for getting around since you can get on and off whenever. Plus it’s a quick way to see all of the sights during the day, if you’re not in London for a long stay.

If you would like to see more pictures from the day then you can find them on my Flickr here.

One more thing, my little sister finally put out her first blog posts so you can go and check them out and follow her blog here!

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The Photographers Gallery

Last Thursday was one of those awful rainy days that we have here in the UK. The ones where its beautiful. sunny and warm the day before and then the next the heavens open and you remember what it’s like to be British again. Me and my Dad took our monthly trip to The Photographers Gallery to visit the new exhibition for the month. We’ll usually visit the gallery first, have some lunch, visit the bookstore and then wonder around Soho and take some street photographs.

The current exhibitions are The Chinese Photobook and DEUTSCHE BÖRSE. The Gallery is made up of Five floors, you start on the first floor and make your way up. By accident on our second visit we started at the top and worked our way down, since then this is what we’ve been doing. We love to be different. The exhibitions are separate, the third floor dedicated to the Chinese Photobook, the fourth and fifth floors dedicated to the DEUTSCHE BÖRSE photography prize. The first floor was holding a private exhibition or some sort of class, I can’t remember.

The photography prize was compiled of several runner ups and the winner will be announced on the 28th of May with a book signing on the 29th. The Photographers Gallery always pulls off the most incredible exhibitions, holding some really wonderful art. Please click here  if you’d like to read more about the artists and their displays. I won’t go into too much detail on my thoughts on each one, since there are 4 different sections to talk about.

The one that stood out most was the work of Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse.  “Their collaborative publication presents a, ‘photo/graphic’ album of images and text which uncover the history of a once elite, now abandoned high-rise apartment block in Johannesburg”. The images were heartbreaking with a contrast between the apartments before they were abandoned and after. There were also photographs of the doors, the windows and the televisons of each apartment, presented in light boxes  .

 17728005982_27065b5c6a_nDSC_0012AViviane Sassen’s display was also really interesting. I particularly like this landscape photograph with the red filter. Each individual display was interesting but the photographer’s gallery is something which is probably easier to absorb in two trips since there is often two separate exhibitions to view.DSC_0011A

After we were done in the gallery we decided to take some street photography. I really like this little shop, we didn’t buy anything in there though but they had some pretty cool stuff. Here are some of the photos I took. I took more but I wasn’t that pleased with them and I’m still feeling uninspired when it comes to photography.
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Thank you for reading!

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Bucket List.

It’s that time of year, the sun is starting to shine and I’m reminded of all the things I want to do in life. It’s also the start of festival season with festivals starting all over the world, so I thought I’d share some of the festivals at the top of my Bucket List.

Coachella

It’s that time of year, the festival that everyone wants to be at. In the California sunshine, with art and music to be adored by the masses. It’s definitely up there on my Bucket List to do eventually.

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Glastonbury

Probably one of the best music festivals we have in the UK, one I have wanted to attend since watching Mumford & Sons play a couple of years ago on the TV.

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Holi

A celebration of love and colours. You can celebrate this in London and it looks like so much fun!

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Dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead)

This festival is so intriguing to me, it teaches to accept death rather than fear it.

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The Rio de Janeiro Carnival

The biggest carnival in the world with 2 million people who participate. Brazil is at the top of the places I want to go to and if I ever do, then this will be one of the things I see there.

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London – Soho.

The Photographers’ Gallery in Soho London has become a regular spot to visit with my Dad. With exhibitions changing almost every month, a great cafe to drink coffee and people watch and a book store full of photography books. It’s everything I love wonderfully packed into one.

This months exhibition is called: Human Rights Human Wrongs.

Feb 6th – April 6th

“The exhibition spans a time frame from 1945 until the early 90s and examines the major political upheavals, conflict, war and struggles against racism and colonisation that became especially urgent following World War II.”

It was a very hard hitting exhibition,I was almost crying at one point, but also very insightful into the goings on in the world which are not always brought to our immediate attention.

Also being displayed is Charlotte Dumas – Anima and The Widest Prairies

Feb 6th – April 6th

The exhibitions in the gallery are always beautifully displayed and I am yet to be disappointed.

To see my Dad’s Photography over on his blog click here.

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