Robert Burns with Red Plastic Flower
Robert Burns would have been 254 today. Some are taken from us much too soon.
This was taken last summer during the Olympic Games in London. The red flower? I’m not absolutely sure, but I think it was the work of this Brazilian art project, Rio Occupation London, who were quite busy in the British capital during the Games with caipirinha-charged guerrilla art, street performances and concerts to ultimately create what they called an “endless poem”.
Do you think Burn ever wore a similar red bonnet?
City Loos, London, 02-Aug-2012
This begs the question: What sort of awards have these public loos won?
Today’s pic is another gopro still from my London 2012 pile, this time of a translation of Abdourahman A. Waberi‘s poem, Desire. Desire is the best description of that ‘swaying between here and elsewhere’ that I’ve ever read.
This was mounted on a fence along the Thames not far from the London Eye. Finding sidewalk poetry anywhere rocks my world.
Waweri’s website is here.
Leicester Square, 07-Aug-2012
So which is it? Sleepy? Or just bored with handing out leaflets for a London theatre?
This was taken near Leicester Square on a rare afternoon off while I was in London covering the Olympics in August. I thought I’d experiment a bit with how my GoPro Hero2 could be used for some simple street photography stills. It wasn’t so much that I wanted the camera’s compact size to allow me to operate in stealth mode – mostly I just didn’t feel like lugging around my DSLR.
I had few expectations. Since I wasn’t stopping to compose shots, but instead just shooting from the hip, I already knew that the results would be predictably lack luster. That kind of shooting always requires a great deal of luck to be on your side.
I was primarily interested in what the camera’s exceptionally wide angle would produce. The contorted perspective, upwards of 170 degrees, can yield some fun results. When people are the subjects –like the woman’s sidekick, pictured to the right— those exaggerations become a matter of personal taste.
Anyway, here it’s the yawning indifference that makes the shot, one I would not have gotten shooting from the hip with my DSLR. And one I certainly wouldn’t have captured had I actually stopped to compose. Dumb luck, that’s all.
For those of you not familiar with Go Pro cameras, suffice it to say that they pack quite a bit of bang into their tiny 3.3 ounce, 1.6” x 2.4” x 1.2” (42mm x 60mm x 30mm) metal frames. Most people buy these to attach to their heads or chests to make entertaining HD videos when jumping from airplanes or doing flips on snowboards. Besides some time lapses taken when strapped inside of an airplane and during a few ski runs, I’ve only used mine with two feet planted firmly on the ground. It’s likely to remain that way.
Finding a wall of solitude in a busy London tube station on a Friday afternoon? Easy. Cracking it with a fleeting glance? Unforgettable.
I’m glad we made eye contact. It broke that momentary solitary confinement – her’s, waiting alone for the train, and mine, leaning against a wall, hiding behind a camera.
Notting Hill Gate station, London, 10-August-2012
‘Solitary‘ is the WordPress weekly photo challenge, ‘people’ is Jake’s Sunday post theme, and I inaugurated my own Pic de Jour yesterday. Triple play!
Bridges is this week’s #frifotos theme on twitter; I was stuck indoors all day yesterday working in a hotel in Brussels which allowed no time for bridge hunting in the Belgian capital.
So instead here’s another shot from a visit to London last month, a view towards St. Paul’s Cathedral from the Golden Jubilee footbridge. Catching this made me feel really warm and fuzzy all over. And since Elvis Costello forms the backbone of a good portion of my daily soundtracks, I then began humming this. Enjoy.
From the British National Media Museum‘s flickr stream set, The Spirit Photographs of William Hope, a British medium of the 1920s who despite being exposed as a fraud, still had his supporters, among them Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
These photographs of ‘spirits’ are taken from an album of photographs unearthed in a Lancashire second-hand and antiquarian bookshop by one of the Museum’s curators. They were taken by a controversial medium called William Hope (1863-1933).
The set is here, or watch the slideshow!