Zen and the art of photograph maintenance…

I went to UK last week for Heather’s birthday and also to see Dale and one of our many must-dos is a trip to Camden Market… also a trip to Brighton but rarely is there opportunity for both. This time it was the turn of Camden Market, Dale and I also went to the Museum of London.

Camden Markets comprise a number of adjoining large retail markets in Camden Town, London. The most popular of these being situated at Camden Lock. Among products sold on the stalls are crafts, clothing, bric-a-brac and fast food. Camden Market is the fourth-most popular visitor attraction in London. The markets originally operated on Sundays only, which continues to be the main trading day. Opening later extended to Saturdays for most of the market. A number of traders, mainly those in fixed premises, operate throughout the week, although the weekend remains the peak period.

The Museum of London documents the history of London from the Prehistoric to the present day. The museum is located close to the Barbican Centre, as part of the striking Barbican complex of buildings created in the 1960s and 70s as an innovative approach to re-development within a bomb damaged area of the City. It is a few minutes’ walk north of St Paul’s Cathedral and overlooks the remains of the Roman city wall on the edge of the oldest part of London. The museum is primarily concerned with the social history of London and its inhabitants throughout history.

This time around, I thought I would treat my photographs to a little manipulation.

Camden High Street

Camden Lock

Camden Lock market entrance

Inside Camden Market

Woman smoking

Over now to Museum of London and specifically, the Barbican. The Barbican Estate is a residential estate built during the 1960s and the 1970s in the City of London. It contains, or is adjacent to, the Barbican Arts Centre, the Museum of London, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Barbican public library, the City of London School for Girls and a YMCA, forming the Barbican Complex. The complex is a prominent example of British brutalist architecture and is Grade II listed as a whole with the exception of the late Milton Court. Milton Court once contained a fire station, medical facilities and some flats and was demolished to allow the construction of a new apartment complex which also contains additional facilities for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Barbican Towers

Barbican Estate

Lauderdale Tower

Brutalist architecture

Plastic, glass, metal, concrete… paper!

A lesser known fact about the City of London Corporation is that they own Burnham Beeches in Buckinghamshire. This tree section comes from Burnham Beeches and is known as Mendelssohn’s Tree. Dedicated to the composer Felix Mendelssohn, this is a part of a tree that was blown down in 1990. Burnham Beeches was apparently a favourite inspirational haunt of the composer.

Mendelssohn’s Tree

…and finally an autumnal photograph, well I HAD to really 🙂



5 responses to “Zen and the art of photograph maintenance…

      • I have been to London a number of times, and also Camden Market. but I haven´t been to Camden Market in many years. Maybe next time? I´m going to London for work in January, but I don´t know how much time I´ll have going around.

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