Knights, Falcons, Presidents and Queens

I don't normally celebrate St George's Day. Unlike St Patrick's Day it usually goes under the radar and there seems to be minimal fuss. This year it fell on the weekend, and also the same day as the Bard's death day (that's Shakespeare to you and me) so I thought there might be a few photo opportunities. I dragged OH to the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens to see the Vauxhall St George's Festival where knights would be fighting and there would be falconry on display.
 So first up the falconry display. 
  Possibly the easiest bird photography as they are tethered but still gorgeous birds

 Even when having a bath
 OH and I headed up a small hill for a better vantage point
 But it wasn't long until I was getting in for a closer view 
 The fighting was pretty full on 

 It's always fun watching a knight get dressed
 The other attraction was this wood carver. But that was about it. Sadly OH was bored and whilst he tolerated my snapping for a bit we soon had to head off.
 Now I needed to go to John Lewis to pick up some wool (yes making yet another baby blanket) so I suggested to OH that we walk up to Oxford Circus rather than take the tube. OH took me on the route he uses to cycle to work and we stumbled across a president. Yes this may just look like a picture of a car but in one of these beasts is Barack Obama who we had just missed getting into his car further up the street. It was quite impressive with a cavalcade of at least 8 vehicles including two vans of swat policemen who looked very scary! Still it's the closest I'm ever going to get to a president and a few of my American friends have said I've got closer than they have. 
 Next up is walking past Buckingham Palace. Usually known as tourist hell if you are trying to get from A to B but made even more chaotic as they were setting up for the London Marathon the following day hence the broadcasting vans at the back of the shot of the jaw droppingly beautiful tulips. 
 Here they are in all their beauty in front of Buckingham Palace with a rather menacing sky. 
 So wool purchased we jumped on the bus home. I've a new camera which I was playing with on the bus trip so here are crowds on Regents Street. 
Piccadilly Circus 
 Lambeth Bridge with the London Eye 
And finally the back of Waterloo. So there we have it quite an eclectic day full of surprises!

Strange and Familiar exhibition curated by Martin Parr at the Barbican

A few weeks ago OH and I went to check out the new exhibition at the Barbican curated by Martin Parr called 'Strange and Familiar; Britain as Revealed by International Photographers'. If you're a regular reader you may recall I eluded to it when I wrote about the Barbican Conservatory. I don't normally rush to see an exhibition as soon as it had opened but this exhibition seemed to tick all my boxes AND got a five star review in Time Out so I got my act together and booked some tickets before it sold out. And boy were we in for a treat, 23 International photographers selected by the iconic Martin Parr and their take on British life.

It was an eclectic mix show casing memorable images from as far back as the 30s with Cartier-Bresson photographing the coronation of George VI. In some cases it was a masterclass in street photography, that candid shot which captures a moment in time which you really wish you had taken. There were images that made you smile, images that made you think, images that made you remember and images that made you see how much British culture and photography has changed in the past 80 years.

And the show was really well laid out so that it didn't feel overcrowded. You were also actively invited to leave the exhibition and come back in again, even on a timed ticket. As there was so much to take in it was great to have this flexibility. If only this was the norm for London exhibitions which can, sometimes, become a rugby scrum which certainly takes away some of the joy of the experience, especially when you have paid so much for a ticket.

I wasn't sure if I could actively take photos in the exhibition so I snapped a few with my mobile but am quite happy with the results. I love photographing interactions with exhibitions - people watching in a way. Anyway that's enough words, here is what I saw:


If you live in London and love photography then I can't recommend  this exhibition highly enough. It's on until 19th June. 

Crafty Fox at the Geffrye Museum

Last weekend the Crafty Fox took over the Geffrye Museum over in East London. It's been here before but this is the first time it held a day market. It weird how each venue has a completely different vibe even though it's the same format for each market (good tunes, fantastic makers, fun workshops and cake). Anyway here are my favourite pictures from the weekend.

Lost and Foundry