Beauty, Solace, Gratitude

 

Beauty

The harvest of presence, the evanescent moment of seeing or hearing on the outside what already lives far inside us; the eyes, the ears or the imagination suddenly become a bridge between the here and the there, between then and now, between the inside and the outside; beauty is the conversation between what we think is happening outside in the world and what is just about to occur far inside us. 
― David Whyte, Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words

 

Solace

“Solace is what we must look for when the mind cannot bear the pain, the loss or the suffering that eventually touches every life and every endeavour; when longing does not come to fruition in a form we can recognize, when people we know and love disappear, when hope must take a different form than the one we have shaped for it.” 
― David Whyte, Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words

 

Gratitude

“To see the full miraculous essentiality of the color blue is to be grateful with no necessity for a word of thanks. To see fully, the beauty of a daughter's face is to be fully grateful without having to seek a God to thank him.” 
― David Whyte, Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words

Iceland

At the end of March I went to Iceland for a long weekend. We stayed in Reykjavik, spent a day doing the Golden Circle tour and went to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa where we saw the northern lights, there's no pictures of those though.

 

Reykjavik

Goa

For Christmas and New Year 2016 I went to Goa to spend three weeks with my friends who were staying there for four months over winter. I spent most of my time in the very north of Goa in Arambol. We also went on a trip to the historic Hampi in the state of Karnataka.

Arambol

Arambol

 

 

Hampi

Hampi, India

Ferns

During my first walk through Walthamstow Marshes since I moved here I came across the Middlesex Filter Beds. Whilst walking around I discovered a large area covered with ferns. Sunlight was shining onto the ferns in patches, obscured in places by the tree branches above. It made for a dramatic sight, the conditions I love to take plant photos in.

I have a fondness for ferns because I appreciate their deep history, being one of the oldest plants on earth. I admire their steadfast, flexible and unperturbed character.

 

Fern

Berlin

My weekend trip to Berlin in July this year was my first to a city I’ve wanted to visit for a long time. My love of electronic music, architecture and increasing interest in street photography have made it a wonder to me and my friends as to why this was my first trip.

It was to be a photography city break with a fellow photographer friend. I thought it would be a good opportunity to get lots of shots and take in the city but in the end I didn’t take as many as I thought I would and I also didn’t take pictures of certain things that characterised the place for me. Having thought about it I think it was down to two things 1) being new to city break photography, I don’t usually go on holiday to cities, and 2) the way I like to take in and inhabit spaces and how I use the camera.

When I’m somewhere completely new I don’t like to get my camera out immediately. I like to inhabit the place for a bit so that I can get some kind of a feel for it. Instinctively I feel that seeing a place from behind the camera for the first time is disrespectful because it immediately objectifies my surroundings and separates me from it. I don’t see my surroundings, whether a natural or urban setting as simply something to be objectified. In order for me to capture images of it I have to feel it first and see how I fit into it.

Having said that maybe I can learn to be more immediate and capture images that move me. For instance with Berlin I was struck by how spacious and straight the streets are. It struck that it was almost possible to see the horizon, something that is impossible on the packed streets of London. The effect this had on my state of mind and how i inhabited Berlin was quite striking, however I didn’t get a decent example of it.

So whilst the images I do have may not be the quality I expected I have learnt about what I should do in future when visiting cities abroad.


Most of the images you’ll see below where taken in the Kreuzberg district and are the first time I've shared any of my street photography images.

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High Rise

Over the years I've spent a lot of time walking the streets of London, mainly the south around Brixton where I live, so I've seen a lot of housing. I've always been interested in the architecture of the tower blocks and I love modernist architecture. As soon as I saw the tower blocks in Stockwell I've thought about doing a project about high rises in London. Now, years later I've finally got around to doing it and it feels timely given the housing problem we have in London. 

While all these tower blocks might not be ideal living spaces, they are vital source of affordable housing for a lot of people. And let's not forget there were attempts to provide alternatives, Rowley Way in Camden is a good example. Completed in 1978 and designed by Neave Brown, it's a crescent shaped street and looks fantastic to me. 

Erno Goldfinger's Trellick and Balfron towers have always been on my list, as have the tower blocks of Stockwell and Wandsworth. I've already taken the Stockwell and Wandsworth pictures, as you can see below. I took Trellick this weekend so they'll be up soon and I hope to find more so keep an eye on this gallery.

Go to the gallery for more.