Paddington Basin #1

Paddington Basin #1

I was so taken by this installation, that I felt it deserved more than one entry here. So, this shot shows the flotilla in its setting. I hope it conveys some of the tranquility and joy that we experienced.

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Taken at Paddington Basin, London.

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Flotilla

Flotilla

While visiting London, my wife spotted that this installation was ‘open’. So we headed out one night to have a look. It’s called “Flotilla” by Steven Messam.

There were quite a lot of people around, including several photographers, and there was a nice laid-back atmosphere as we all wandered around looking at wee origami-style boats gently moving around the water. It sounds a bit ridiculous, but it was tranquil and relaxing.

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Please note – the installation finished on 15 April 2018. (I’m a bit behind with processing!)

Taken at Paddington Basin, London

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Fourth plinth (again)

Fourth plinth (again)

As I wandered around the fourth plinth – looking for different angles – I was keen to capture the installation with the National Gallery in the background. The idea was to contrast traditional and non-traditional art displays.

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When I started to process this one, I felt that the Union flag fluttering in the wind would be worth highlighting. So, I reverted to my ‘convert to black and white, use a layer mask, pull through colour’ technique.

I think it works.

Taken at Trafalgar Square, London.

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Plinth #4

Plinth #4

Over the years, I’ve been fascinated by the various installations that have appeared on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. Sometimes, I’ve been bewildered and confused!

I liked this one. It’s called “The Enemy Within Should Not Exist” by Michael Rakowitz. I liked the way that this sun shimmered on the gold of the date syrup cans that were used to create it. I loved the blue sky providing a wonderful background. And, I was taken by the juxtaposition of symbols of empire.

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Taken at Trafalgar Square, London.

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London @ play

London @ play

Over the next two weeks I’m planning to post the final photos from our most recent London visit (before we visit again… soon).

This photo was taken in the late afternoon. Given the warm, sunny conditions, many people headed towards the parks. There was a very relaxed atmosphere as people enjoyed being in the open air. The pedalos were very popular.

Using a long lens brought the distant London Eye and Shard into the picture – so you know where it was taken.

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Taken at Hyde Park, London

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Flying saucers #1

Flying saucers #1

This close-up shot of saxifrage flowers is a bit ‘out of this world’.

I think they’re lovely when they bloom in their frothy way. And when I zoomed in on them, I noticed the amazing form of each flowerhead.

This revelation reminded me of a favourite quotation from Abraham Joshua Heschel:

The perception of glory is a rare occurrence in our lives. We fail to wonder, we fail to respond to the presence. life is routine and routine is resistance to wonder.

 

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Sometimes we need to step aside from our routines and create some space for wonder.

Taken in our garden in Perth, Scotland.

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