Posts about London, England

London, the capital city of England, is my home town.

  • London is so big, that it’s difficult to know what to see when visiting for just a short time. I visited in order to take some documentary “street photographs” in summer 2012 and amongst the places I visited was the Barbican Estate: a largely brick and concrete, Brutalist estate in the City of London. I was repeatedly drawn…

  • I’m sometimes asked for tips on places to see and to visit in London. Among other things, visitors want to know where to eat and my usual tip – especially in the summer – is the Tattershall Castle. Although it may sound like the name of a pub, it’s actually a paddle steamer, built in…

  • In the British Parliament building, the Palace of Westminster, there are two parliamentary houses. The House of Commons is in the northern part of the building, in which ministers sit on green leather benches. In the southern part of the building is the House of Lords; here, incumbents sit on red leather benches. Spanning the…

  • Kensington to Camden

    Photographer Nick Turpin straps a camera to his motorbike and shows just how hair-raising a drive through London can be.

  • The Shard

    The Shard opened today in London and I’m looking forward to seeing Konstantin‘s photos, when he goes up to the viewing gallery – 245 metres above street level – this weekend. Firstly because I greatly enjoy seeing aerial photos of the city, but also because I received (as yet unbooked) tickets to go up the tower…

  • As a Britischer, I am often asked for suggestions by people who plan on visiting London: where to eat, what they really must see, and where there are good hotels. I had been planning on writing a much longer and more explanatory guide of places which I really like to see, and will indeed do…

  • Work In Progress

    A random image to keep you interested, while I continue to work on a new layout and technical features for the website.

  • The Weather Project

    Visiting Olafur Eliasson’s “The Weather Project” with family, at the Tate Modern gallery in London. The figures in the top of the picture are reflected in the mirror-like ceiling of the vast turbine hall.

  • London’s new cable car

    An eight minute ride across the River Thames in London… by cable car.

  • Back in town

    I’m on the train back to the provinces after a fleeting visit of around 36 hours to London. It’s been incredibly tiring as I’ve tried to pack in as much as I can in the time I’ve had. The daily travel cards I’ve bought – at a fairly reasonable £7 each – have done their…

  • I miss London

    …and I react with a start every time I realise how long it’s been since I was last there.

  • London Life

    Since moving away from the UK, I miss jaunts into London, which now only take place once a year at most. A German resident of London, Konstantin Binder, provides me with a dose of the kind of exploration I would do, were I still in the UK.

  • Continuing in the series of individual photos along the Thames which I took in 1999 for a City and Guilds photo course.

  • One of my pictures in 1993 was of the unique tiling at Chalk Farm on the Northern Line, late one evening.

  • Medium format scan

    In the absence of ready cash to buy a new scanner, I’ve finally found a photo shop which is capable of decent, low cost medium format scanning. Photo Vision, in the Marktgasse in Bern, offer 16 bit TIFF files for Fr 3.50 each, scanned at a purported 4,880dpi to produce 80 megapixel files. This is…

  • On the Thames

    Almost ten years ago – in November 1999, if memory serves – I was still living in England and I took part in a City and Guilds photography course. Before leaving the course (as I was teaching the tutor new techniques instead of learning anything), I made it through to a project towards the end…

  • There’s always something about visiting the NPG. I am always driven ferociously to take photos instead of appreciating everyone else’s.

  • I was lucky enough to be able to arrange a trip to an iconic London landmark through a contact I made at a media conference in 2008.

  • Battersea Power Station is the largest brick-built structure in Europe and is notable for its original and lavish Art Deco fittings and decor. The building is Grade II listed, and the condition was described as “very bad” by English Heritage, who have included it on their Buildings at Risk Register. Amongst other, numerous film and…

  • Whitewash and Brick

    This was the view from my hotel room in Victoria. As a Londoner (I was born in St. Thomas’ Hospital and brought up during the first six years of my life in south London), this view isn’t just a pile of bricks, but a reminder of a childhood home in the 70s, where whitewashed brick…

  • Deep in Discussion

    Richard and my father deep in discussion during my stag night in south London.