I have lived in West London all my life.
My passion for photography has opened my eyes in a way I could not have predicted. One of the challenges as a photographer is seeing the magical in the ordinary, the common place - the things we take for granted. Through the eye of my D90, my neighbourhood has taken on a new meaning and context. This afternoon, I decided to take a walk along the Harrow Road and shoot anything I felt stood out and caught my eye.
REMEMBER; a great photograph begins in the mind first
What caught my eye first? "The Trellick Towers"
This institution of West London was first commissioned in 1966 and completed in 1972. It is approximately 31 stories high.
It is one of the most famous high rise block of flats in West London. This imposing site has been the back drop to many films. I remember one from my early childhood called "Burning an Illusion".
The adjacent gardens entitled "Meanwhile Gardens" provides as soft, naturalistic texture to this urban environment.
During the August Bank Holiday, this part of West London is guaranteed to be packed with people for The Notting Hill Carnival.
Today, the garden was empty with a surreal feeling about itself.
Once you walk over the Grand Union Canal Bridge, the reds spiral steps of the garden welcomes you into a very open and spacious setting.
Meanwhile Gardens from the south side entrance
This image was capture using my iPhone. I am glad I caught this because the lighting and blue of the sky was perfect.
I am very happy with this shot because the depth of field really conveys the vastness of this structure which is home to a lot of people.
I remember reading in one of my photography books, the best camera to use for the job is the one you have on you at the time.
The iPhone is terrific for street photography
This is part one of a longer conversation about my neighbourhood. I plan to take another walk and visit a feature rich environment in the next few days, the famous Portobello Market.
To be Continued....
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