Trafalgar Square. London, England, UK. 2012.
When I travel, I try to avoid the touristy areas. That being said, one of my favourite touristy places in London is Trafalgar Square. Part of it is being surrounded by all of these beautiful buildings (if you were sat in my seat, the National Portrait Gallery would be behind you and ahead of you, to the left of Nelson’s column, is the South African Embassy [Shout out to my mum, my nan and my papa :D]. It’s really a beautiful spot. This day, I had gotten a sandwich from Prête à Manger and a flat white from Costa [Jesus take the wheel, it was glorious. The baristas at Waterstones are top drawer.]. Anyway…bastard pigeon ran off with the nubby end of my sandwich. Rude.
I think my favourite part of this photograph is that you can see the top of Big Ben in the background and it makes a nice visual trapezoid.
Sir Matt Busby. Manchester, England, UK.
May Sir Matt watch over us forever and ever, amen.
The Houses of Parliament. London, England, UK, 2012.
Despite it being windy and absolutely freezing, this day was absolutely fantastic and not a single cloud in the sky. I love the Houses of Parliament, aesthetically speaking, and looking over the bridge with clock tower makes for a lovely setting for a picnic [which i had. there’s something to be said about the small things in life: picking up a sandwich and a cup of coffee and sitting on a bench, people watching.].
Also: I love gargoyles.
Les Jardins du Louvre. Paris, France, 2012.
Because few things are better than sitting in the gardens, in front of the fountain, gazing up the Champs Elysées and watching the ducks quack at the tourists. and it being 23. in October. and not a cloud in the sky. no complaints from me. This is the first place i stop when i get into the city, depending on the time of day. Sometimes you just need to sit down for a minute and…absorb. There’s a place near Le Louvre that has the best sandwiches. Smoked haloumi, rocket, tomato on a toasty ciabatta with some tahini or hummus spread on for good measure. a sandwich and a nice bottle of Orangina will set you back right around 6€, and add 2€ for a newspaper and you’re in business.
La Cathédrale de Notre Dame. Paris, France, 2012.
Low Light. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I would like to think that this works. Edit free barring a minimal adjustment to the white balance. At 1,83m tall, not much makes me feel small or overwhelmed, but Notre Dame is one of those things, especially if I’m standing under one of the towers or right in the middle of the Cathedral itself.
L’Hôtel de Ville. Paris, France, 2012.
Nothing really to say here…a dreadfully, wonderfully English overcast sky with a little bit of rain. The sun / overall overcastness of it all made getting the balance correct, but I think that it turned out ok. Plus, I think that i’m FINALLY getting a handle on this “let’s shoot moving water” lark, so there’s that… One of my favourite non monument sites in Paris.