London never sleeps - A walk in the dark

I absolutely love London. This city is a big beautiful beast that never stops. I've been fascinated with London for as long as I can remember, but even more so ever since I picked up a camera. I try and travel up there on a regular basis, mainly for anything street photography related. It's one of the best places to go for street stuff, because absolutely nobody cares about a person with a camera. Most of the time you'll just be thought of as another tourist and people don't even batter an eyelid at you. Whenever I'm there, I spend countless hours just walking the streets, looking for photo opportunities, trying not to look too suspect, whilst also taking in the magnificent architecture and history that is everywhere you turn.  

I live in a quiet sleepy seaside town of Folkestone, Kent. Basically the complete opposite of London. If I didn't love living by the sea and how quiet life is here, I would move to the city in a heartbeat. But I really like living by the sea. Thankfully though it's only an hours train ride away, so I can live with just paying it random visits whenever I can. 

On one of my latest trips to the big smoke, I had a plan to go for the whole afternoon and evening and stay walking the streets right through until the following morning to do a whole host of street photography, with an emphasis on night time stuff. Central London comes to a whole new level of life after the sun goes down. The streets are filled with people, party goers, tourists, hustlers all trying to get somewhere or something. Bars and clubs are packed solid with people looking to let loose and have a good time. You have the street vendors trying to sell all sorts of foods and merchandise. All the while everything is being washed by a sea of neon signs. Everything from sex shops, strip clubs, casinos, and the occasional massage pallor. Because everyone needs a nice relaxing back massage at 3am in the morning. 

 

I spent the majority of my time, walking with no particular place to go, I covered the central area of London, like soho, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden. After dodging about the 8th person being violently sick on the street, and being offered countless narcotics by some shady looking dudes. I thought a change of pace and scenery was in order. The embankments of the River Thames were a little less crowded and made for a pleasant yet still photo filled stroll. Seeing the many merry folks trying to walk in straight lines, woo potential partners, or people just trying to sober up before heading home made for an entertaining night. 

 

One thing I did stumble across that was a true little gem, was a dance meeting / competition in the very heart of the famous Borough market. Apparently most weekends there you can find this makeshift dance floor where people come to dance the salsa, tango, foxtrot and many other types of dance, I have no idea about. The energy of the place at such early hours of the morning was electrifying. These people where having the time of their life's, getting lost in the rhythm of the music and their dance partners body movements. It was really cool just spectating and being in that atmosphere. 

 

I think I ended up covering about 15 miles throughout my time up there. I just wish that by the time first light appeared at around 4am it wasn't a heavily overcast morning, catching some good shots of the sunrise over London would have made it even better. Never mind I'll have to save that for the next overnight trip. Overall it was a great trip to take. My feet were definitely aching by the time I sat down on the train to go home though. Not that would stop me from doing it again. 

 

Till the next time London. 

Story Time

Let me start off by saying, I really dislike writing essays! I finished school when I was 16 years old and left higher education after two months because I couldn't stand writing essays. For me writing is a very time-consuming process. And it can take me a very long time to actually figure out what I want to say. I can talk to anybody like nobodies business and I can hold conversations with anyone pretty easily.

But when I've got to write stuff down, whether it be for a photography related post or a personal post regarding any of my photos I really suffer from writers block. I've tried writing blogs before and they started off okay but I would always find an excuse not to sit down and write anything new after a short time. I know some people don't wanna sit and read long-winded essays but I feel it's sometimes easier to write things down then spend hours stumbling over my words trying to record daily video blogs, Plus editing videos takes twice as long as writing any essay. Well for me at least it does!

So I've decided I'm going to start again. I'm going to start at least writing weekly blogs, to be sharing content on a more regular basis, whether they be new pictures or archived photos, I plan on putting stories and thoughts to my posts. No more one line captions. No more ‘’Post and Go’’ as I like to call it. I’m actually pushing myself to interact more, share more of my insights, thoughts and stories behind my work.

I will also be adding some new videos to my youtube channel in the coming months. I know what I said about the whole editing video earlier, but these videos will be of a different kind then I’m used to, And thankfully don’t require a whole lot of work to do them. You see, for a long time now, I’ve been asked numerous times by many different photographers to show them how I edit my photos, and what I use for my workflows. So I finally bit the bullet and decided to do some tutorial videos. I’ve learnt a few things over the years as a photographer, that i’m happy to pass on to anyone that wants to learn something new, or needs help understanding something.

I think I’ll call it a night on this new post for now. It hasn’t actually been too hard to write. Once I got the first couple of sentences out the way, the words just came naturally. Who knows maybe I’ll be writing the next War and Peace after a couple of months of doing this.

If you’ve taken the time to read this, I appreciate you giving me your time. I hope you beautiful people will come back and stay up to date with what I’m doing. I’m going to do my best to keep you entertained and keep coming back for more.  Oh yeah, before I forget I’ll be happy to hear any feedback from anyone that wants to give me any. Or even if you fancy a chat drop me your comments below. 

 

Right! No more rambling from me

 

Laters folks