Graffiti Art In Camden

In the past couple of months I have been out and about around London photographing art and sculpture in the open and am going to devote the next couple of blogs to those walks.

Camden is well known  for its graffiti art, so I took the bus to Mornington Crescent and walked up from there, darting in and out of side roads when I spotted some interesting work. I used and excellent old blog as a guide :  London Calling Blog : A Street Art Guide to Camden. Many of the art works listed in the guide have  faded since it was written but many more new ones have appeared.

 I just followed the road  along, up the hill and  through Camden Town, keeping a keen lookout for images on the side streets.   As you can see from the selection below, there were plenty of  great examples to photograph. 

A visitor to London who wanted to move out a little from the centre would enjoy the short trip to Camden Town for this free art show.

 

 

 

 

A Visit To Fenton House

Friday was a glorious sunny day, unusually hot day for late August, and I felt the need to get out and about with my camera.  As a landscape photographer, I am always looking for inspiration for projects and to this end, I decided to visit the local National Trust properties and Fenton House is my first in London.

Fenton House, built in 1693 as a merchant’s home, is easy to get to, just up the hill from Hampstead Tube Station. I read that it has a panoramic view over London from the attic balcony, but unfortunately that was not on offer at the time of my visit, so I concentrated on viewing the wide selection of musical instruments, pottery and incredible tapestries on display. I will make another visit to take a picture from the balcony.

One of the many harpsichords was being played as I wandered around, which leant atmosphere to my visit, but I was particularly drawn to the beauty of the harps on display.

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The last owner of the house, Lady Katherine Binning, bought it  in 1936 and filled it with her highly decorative collections of 18th century porcelain. These are displayed in an extensive range of cabinets  but this lone piece on a shelf caught my eye.

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I spent considerable time looking at the tapestry pictures and hangings, and imagining the hours and concentration that went in to producing such fine beautiful work. The one above the bed was my favourite.

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The gardens looked beautiful in the sun, they are laid out in different sections, with croquet and games on the lawn for adults and children to play. The flower beds were impressive and gardens enthusiasts would enjoy an afternoon here.

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In one section of the gardens is a 300 year old orchard and each September an Apple Weekend is held here when visitors can taste a variety of old English apples and drink cider, juice and teas made from the fruit grown in the orchard.

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Leaving the garden, I looked back and my eye caught a lone statue of a shepherd, cast in lead by John Cheere in 1735, which stood out against the  dark background of the hedge at the end of the lawn.

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I feel that this project on National Trust properties will prove to be both enjoyable and provide  a good source of  photographs.

Visiting Bateman’s, Rudyard Kipling’s Home

In east Sussex, just a short train journey  from London, lies the beautiful estate of Bateman’s, once the home of the writer of The Jungle  Book, Rudyard Kipling, and now a beautifully preserved National Trust property.

 I had plenty of opportunities on my visit to use my camera and I have included a small selection of pictures that reflect the beauty of the place. 

The main house, which was the Kipling home is kept just as he lived and worked in it; his study is particularly interesting and can be seen on my Instagram landscape photography site. 

This is a perfect place for a day trip and picnic in garden. If you don’t want to pack a picnic, there is  an excellent small cafe and 33 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds to wander.

Leigh on Sea

The sun was shining so I took myself off to the seaside for the day to capture some images of a typical  small British seaside town.

Leigh on Sea is on the north side of the Thames Estuary and a few miles from the open waters of the North Sea. For hundreds of years, it was a busy port for ships coming into London.  When the railway link to London was built in the 19th century it became a busy holiday destination for day trippers and holidaymakers from the city

I walked along the promenade from Leigh on Sea station to Chalkwell and captured the following images. The picture of the Rock Shop and Mayflower Pub are similar to many found in seaside towns around the UK.

I thought my eyes were deceiving me when I spotted ‘Batman’. He must have been sweltering in the sunshine.

A Short Visit To Devon

I spent a delightful few days in Devon, staying at Boringdon Hall Spa, great food and fantastic spa facilities. This is an Elizabethan manor house now converted into an hotel. As you can see from the two pictures included here, it has retained many of the original features and paintings.

On Sunday, Plymouth had an Armed Forces Day and I was amazed at the number of people who attended and seemed to be enjoying the military bands, parades and displays.

The countryside offers plenty of photographic opportunities and I included some pictures here of my walk along the coast at Wembury, a National Trust property.

 

 

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Wakehurst

Set in the Sussex countryside is an outpost of Kew gardens, an area of outstanding beauty covering 500 acres of gardens, meadows, botanical collections and the home of the Millennium Seed Bank.

I set off from London at lunchtime and on arrival soon realised that I would only be able to see a very small section of the gardens so concentrated on the area around the  Mansion including the pond and walled gardens. The place is so beautiful and has wetted my appetite for future visits.

Lambeth Palace Gardens

The gardens are open to the public on the first Friday of every month, visit Lambeth Palace Website for details.

Friday 2nd of June was a sunny day and ideal for a visit to the gardens. On arrival, i was surprised how well organised the event was with lots of guides on hand to welcome and offer information about the Palace and gardens. Activities such as croquet were available on the lawn for parents and children and the cafe marquee was well stocked with goodies for afternoon tea.

The gardens are beautifully laid out with quiet paths, meadows, wild flowers , beehives and an abundance of flowers.