This is Jorge. He was playing the guitar not too far from my office. As I was walking past in my lunch break, I could hear he was playing some beautiful sounds so I thought I’d ask him if I could take a few photos as part of my 52 week photo project. He’s touring around London playing for the crowds for free. If you hear him playing, go and say hello.
This has been a busy week. Very busy week at work. I’m now based in Chalk Farm work wise. Lovely area, a few days this week I’ve spent my lunch breaks sitting on Primrose Hill. You may have seen week 10′s photograph of the view overlooking London. This is my view most lunch times. Can’t complain. I’d love to live around in the area but it’s is way over my budget, over most people’s budget.
It was also my birthday this week. Thursday 25th April. Grand old age of 31. Though still young at heart. I didn’t do anything special for my birthday, just enjoyed a few beautiful spinach, mushroom, onion pizza’s (bought from Lidl) and a couple of San Miguel beers with the family. I tend to celebrate my birthday with friends and family in a London bar/restaurant but decided against it this year. No particular reason to be honest. Last year was the big 30 and I enjoyed a great night out at Carbon Bar, in Marble Arch.
A polaroid photo this week. Reminds me of Van Gogh’s chair. This chair was sitting in my friend’s garden. A moment waiting to be photographed.
Friday night. I met a friend in the Waterloo area. There’s lots of events going on down at the Southbank Centre at the moment. They have the Udderbelly festival happening for just over three months and that’s based just behind the EDF London Eye. If you’re in the area, go and check it out. You’ll find it easily as the venue is a giant purple cow on it’s back. Friday night was the first night and featured some top top comedians including the fantastic Andrew Maxwell. I’m planning to head down to a few events myself.
Another great event going on at the Southbank Centre is the Alchemy Festival – one month of music, dance, literature, design and debate from India, the UK and South Asia. There’s lots of events going on, plus there are around 20 food stalls just outside the Southbank Centre (station side) ready and waiting to satisfy your appetite. I picked up a lovely cup of chai on friday and it was almost as good when I make it, if not better :) Afterward the chai, we headed inside to take in some of performances that were taking place. Below is Jason Singh, a beatboxer, and Ranjana Ghatak, a singer. They drew in a good crowd and kept us entertained. I’d not heard of them before but will be definitely following them in future. Check out a short clip of Jason and Ranjana’s performance here. Enjoyed their performance, and I’ll be heading down to some of the other events during the festival. Apparently Mr Talvin Singh was in the building but I missed him.
If you’re planning to attend any of the above events, let me know, and I’ll join you.
A barista knows how to use the machine. Mine is a chai latte. Thanks.
Happy easter everyone. I hope you have all had a eggsciting (ha, sorry) little break. I don’t eat too much chocolate these days and for that reason, when I do, I tend to feel a little sick. When I was kid, it was all about Jaffa Cakes, Blue Riband, Kinder Eggs, Mars Bar, Cadbury’s Buttons, Milky Bars and anything else I could get my hands on. What chocolates do you remember from your childhood?
It’s been a good weekend so far. A little reunion with some old friends, a house warming party, Romeo & Juliet at the Globe theatre and a short visit to the Tate. Always so much going on at the Tate. I could spend about hours in the Tate shop. Stocked full of cool products and interesting books. I plan to attend the Lichtenstein exhibition in the next few weeks. Roy Lichtenstein was one of the most important artists in the pop art world. His art was heavily influenced by advertising and the comic book style. The Lichtenstein exhibition is on at Tate Modern until 27th May 2013.
This weeks photo was taken in the Docklands area of London. Specifically, about a 5 minute walk from Mudchute station, which on the DLR (Docklands light railway). The DLR is an automated light railway system, which opened in 1987 as part of the redevelopment of the Docklands part of London. It forms part of the boroughs of Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham, Newham and Greenwich. The docks were formerly part of the Port of London, at one time the world’s largest port.
Week 11. I’m still going. I’ve recently taken a liking to long exposure photos. Since the Shard was built, I’ve been wanting to find an unusual spot to take a photo of it from. I don’t think I’ve quite found it yet, but I’m still searching. In that time I’ll continue to explore London. I do enjoy getting lost in London and discovering new and unusual corners and streets. What unusual street or court yard have you found recently?
Thanks for visiting.
On Tuesday I was in Chalk Farm for a meeting, so I decided that I can’t go home without visiting Primrose Hill and take in the good weather. Remember, it was the only sunny day of the year. Yes, you remember that day. Sunglasses at the ready. Unfortunately I left my sunglasses at home, so I had to make do with my camera lens :)
How many buildings in this photo can you name?
This week I went out with a buddy of mine to experiment and try some long exposure shots. What have you been up to this week?
So yesterday I went to the super hero training camp where super hero’s get to meet other super hero’s, and they get to learn new skills. No? Not really. I went to the London Super Comic Convention in London’s Excel Centre in Docklands. It was a great event, where you get to see comic fanatics dress up in their favourite characters and see illustrators at work. I’m not too familiar with comics as I don’t read many, but I can really appreciate the art of drawing.
Some of the worlds of top top illustrators and graphic artists were there showcasing their work, doing autograph sessions and meeting fans. I just wish I’d knew a bit more about the comics and artists. I met some really really talented artists, not only the ones that drew for Marvel and DC, but the others that were just quietly creating beautiful work like Matt Dixon (beautiful high gloss glamorous bold coloured graphic art), Andy Baker, Chris Weston, Dave Stokes, Caspar from Twisted Dark , Steve Penfold from Beyond the bunker (Witty conversation with Steve), Jeff Michalik from Killer Bunny (Some really unusual graphic art), Paulina Vassileva (beautiful art) and last but not least Aneurin Wright (who spent 8 years on and off creating a 320 page graphic novel called “Things to do in a Retirement Home Trailer Park” – slightly autobiographical he says).
I met some real characters, get it get it ;)
This is a follow on from my week 7 photo of my project 52.
An early upload for this week because I’m chuffed with this photo. This was taken in Amsterdam. I was over there for a couple of days. Amsterdam is renowned for historic canals, the Rijksmuseum (museum is dedicated to arts, crafts, and history), the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum (museum for modern art, contemporary art, and design), Hermitage Amsterdam, Anne Frank House, Amsterdam Museum, its red-light district, and its many cannabis coffee shops draw more than 3.66 million international visitors annually.
Amsterdam is a beautiful city. I generally spent my time there walking around aimlessly stumbling across wonderful little cafes, houseboats, small bridges, multistory houses, great architecture, millions of bikes and a Rembrandt statue. It had been snowing a few days before so the roads and pavements were a little icy, which made it a somewhat tricky to walk on. I found the transport (I used to the over land train and the metro) very easy to use and people were always very helpful (most people spoke good English which was a bonus) when I asked for directions. I created a google map with location pointers which marked important locations like Amsterdam central station, the metro station near my hotel, the hotel, the museums, the Ajax stadium (although I didn’t get a chance to visit) and the airport.
I’ll definitely be going back to Amsterdam again.
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In June 2012, my friend Jenny and I were invited to a launch party for the HTC DesireC smartphone. A fantastic little phone. Some great music from Rudimental, John Newman and various DJ’s. I took my camera along and tried to capture the atmosphere at the event. More photos from the event here
In November 2012, my friend Nik and I went to a Rodrigo y Gabriela concert at The Old Vic Tunnels in Waterloo, London. If you have never experienced the wonder of Rodrigo y Gabriela, you are really missing out. I think of them in some ways as a modern day Santana. Wonderful guitar music. They are a Mexican musical duo who specialize in playing fast, rhythmic acoustic guitars. The concert was part of the Day of the Dead festival.
The Day of the Dead festival is a Mexican holiday which focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is believed at this time the gates to the afterworld are open and prayers of the living can freely travel to the realm of the deceased. Likewise the deceased can make a journey to accept offerings from their relatives and friends. These offerings take the form of favourite foods and drink or earthly delights such as mole and tequila.
I didn’t know too much about the day before I arrived the venue for the concert, but it opened my eyes to it. The festival featured art, photography, film, food and music. Click on the picture below to see more photos from the event.
For those who didn’t quite make to the event, here’s a great video by NOMAD, the Embassy of Mexico in the UK and Crane TV:
This photo was taken near Old Street. A good light cast over the street creating shadows everything. Magic.
Some of the photos that didn’t quite make it are in an outtakes post.
Bit disappointed by this weeks photo’s. This is more of an encouragement to do better next week. Let me know what you think.
Hello February. This year is going quickly. This has been a very very busy week. Still on the hunt for a permanent job. Not too worry. I know my strengths. I have confidence in my ability to change, to improve and to motivate myself in the right way. Not that I am perfect. Nobody is. This week consisted of putting up 3 motivation life manifesto’s (always good to have a few inspiring quotes infront of you all the time), talking to a lot employers, a few interviews, a lot of conversations with recruitment agents, adding a couple of projects to my portfolio, adding a few more ideas to my list of websites/apps I want to design/develop and planning for the future.
As I’ve had a few interviews to prepare for and take part in, I’ve not had too much of a chance to get out to take some photos. The photo below was taken on the circle line of the London Underground network. I saw this type of photo a long time ago but never had the courage to get my bulky SLR out to take it. I’m trying to take a few more risks now. You have to, if you are going to do street photography. I’m guessing he was getting ready for work, a meeting or an interview. A few seconds later, he turned around and stared at me just like the woman did in week2 of my project 52. Here’s a few photos that didn’t quite make the cut: Week 5 outtakes
This week, I discovered a great new Spotify app via Twitter. It’s called Soundrop. Soundrop is online social listening service that works with Spotify and Facebook. I believe you can join rooms which play a particular genre of music or an artists page and get talking to people who like the same kind of music.
I also discovered Protein. Protein are a creative agency and a cultural insights platform. A very interesting website full of interesting cultural news from around the world. This supplement will give you a little taster.
Something slightly irrelevant this week to tell you. Apparently today, 2nd February is Bill Murray appreciation day. Mr Murray is one of my favourite actors of all time. Comic timing. Facial expressions. His sarcasm. The man has cult following around the world and the other day I came across Bill Murray Stories, a website full of people who have stories about an occasion when they met or stumbled across him. Definitely worth checking out. Some fantastic stories.
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Some photos that didn’t quite make the final spot for week 5 of my project 52. I’m really enjoying this project. Are you enjoying following them? If you’re not following it and would like to, you can subscribe to my blog at the bottom of the site (subscribe via email form), follow me on twitter at @bimal_tailor, like my facebook page Bimal Tailor Photography or if you’d like to get involved in this project (i.e. be one of my week’s photo, or have a natural light portrait done) please get in touch.
Hello! We are almost done with January. How has it been for you? I’ve heard of or met quite a few people who are taking part in drynuary, which is the practice of not drinking for the whole of January i.e. staying dry or sober. This usually comes at the same point of people all start joining gyms and being healthy. This is great. I am all for it. I encourage you. But keep going with it. You will feel a lot better a few months down the line. Just don’t do it for January. Do it every month. Or just don’t drink too much whenever you do go out. Easier said than done I hear you say. I agree. There’s temptation.
This month has been about rediscovering my love for photography, improving my design skill set, getting new clients (for portraits and for design projects), going to lots of talks/seminars, reading more, meeting new people, networking, listening and building up my brand.
The photo below was taken in Tottenham Court Road in central London. I was heading to a great mobile apps demo night and this stall stood out like a sore thumb. I love the busy nature of this stall. I do also feel like this stall represents the general nature of the media and the world. Throwing everything at us consumers to buy this, buy that, eat this, eat that, read this, read that, smoke this, smoke that. Magazines how we should look, how we should live our lives, what foods we should eat, what films we should be watching because this what the rest of the world is doing. If you’re not following trends, you are not keeping up with the world and you’ll be left behind. In a way, they are right and in a way, they are wrong.
Anyway, I hope you like this weeks upload. Just thought I’d mention (for no reason whatsoever) that I was listening to 80′s music videos at the time of upload.
Here we are: Week 3 of my project 52. I took a few good shots this week as I’ve out and about, exploring parts of east London. This photo was taken near Old Street station. I was heading back to the station after a full day at the Google Campus and really wanted capture the atmosphere on the streets with the snow arriving in London. There wasn’t too much snow and it had not really settled, so the main concern for people was to not slip on the ice. It always makes me laugh how London and in general England, just cannot deal with snow. Trains grind to a halt, people can’t travel, councils are sometimes slow to salt the roads and people start panic buying in the supermarkets.
I like a photo with layers or which has lots of talking points. In my opinion, this photo is no different. I like that you can see the snow coming down as it’s being lit up by the street lights which enhances the cold feel of the scene. Then you’ve got all the different characters desperate to head home to beat the rush.
Click here for some of the shots that didn’t quite make it.
What do you see? What do you find interesting about this photo? Or don’t find interesting?
Just a few shots that didn’t make the final spot for week 3 of my project 52.
Which one do you like the look of? Any of the shot you think should have won the final spot?