It’s 4pm on a gloomy and wet New Year’s Eve. As I looked out the window just now the slashing rain had stopped and there was a brighter hue detectable in the sky and little pink lights on the cranes on the horizon. I saw the word HOPE emblazoned on the bridge – and it did give me hope. 2017 was good for me in many ways but distressing and depressing when I think about world conflicts and the suffering of so many people. I despair at our inept and manipulative political leaders. But I’m also a believer in the potential for change and the power of people to influence things for the better. So here’s hoping for a better 2018 for all.
Like everyone else in North London I woke up to snow this morning – this was the scene outside my kitchen window in the early morning:
The London Lucumi Choir were due to perform at Camden Lock today. Unfortunately due to road and transport chaos the gig eventually had to be cancelled. So the few that managed to attend the pre-gig rehearsal were invited by choir director Daniela Rosselson to sing the last part of the session in the nearby woods In Muswell Hill. It was really fun! Here are the percussionists, Bill Bland on cowbell and Jim Le Messurier on shekere:
Singing and playing outdoors feels really special. It’s interesting to take something that usually occurs in a private enclosed space and experience it in a beautiful, outdoor setting, even more so when the weather is unusual, like today’s sudden snowfall. I was reminded of an occasion back in 2009, when I came across a woman doing yoga on Hampstead Heath. Here she is doing a headstand, using a snowy branch for support:
See my project The London Lucumi Choir celebrates 10 years for more pictures of the choir.
The London Lucumi Choir official website
I have now completed a whole year of my Changing Views project, which I started in October 2016, and which took me up to October 2017.
21 September 2017:
See the project here:
I’ve been photographing a particular view – the view out my kitchen window – for the past nine months. I started in mid October 2016, at the height of Autumn and intend to carry on for a complete year. Beyond using the same camera and lens there is no rule or methodology. The inspiration is a particular light, atmosphere, cloud formation; the intent is to capture a particular fleeting and transient moment. Increasingly these transient moments have involved a chance spotting of men and machinery on the the train tracks whilst electrification work takes place on the Gospel Oak to Barking Line. The images below have been taken at dawn, dusk, midday, in rain, snow, dazzling sunlight and fog. I am also curious to see the processes of change unfold, and the interplay of nature, construction and urban development in this specific cityscape.
Here’s the picture I took yesterday marking 9 months of the project:
You can see the progression of the Changing Views Project here:
I’ve been photographing a particular view – the view out my kitchen window – for the past six months. I started in mid October 2016, at the height of Autumn.
Here are a few of images from the project:
Check out the Changing Views project here: