London (2)

EMMG outing to London for the purpose of photographing the Georgian architecture in Pall Mall plus street people.


It was a blazingly hot day with wall-to-wall sunshine. After meeting up in the crypt of St Martin-in-the Fields, just off Trafalgar Square, we headed off along Pall Mall mainly to take shots of the gentlemen's clubs which were built in the first half of the eighteenth century. The Athenian Club is the most prominent, but unfortunately, its front was obscured by a host of white TV vans and thus some were thwarted as far as distance shots of it were concerned. Undaunted, we carried on round Carlton Gardens to a cul de sac where there was much interest in the vicinity of No 2 Carlton Gardens, a Privy Council Office. Conscious that the next EMMG club meeting features 'Numbers' as a critique assignment, many members were snapping away at the large black numbers of buildings painted on its cream columns! After that, we spent a little time in St James's Square but could not gain entry to the gardens as they are only open in the week.


After lunch, street photography came to the fore both in Trafalgar Square itself and in Covent Garden where the main act was a contortionist entertaining the crowd with his subtle spine and rubber limbs. If only . . .

If anything, it was a bit too crowded at that time of day with scores of early teen parties from the continent making life difficult to progress from A to B with any comfort.

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