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Bleeding London
Improved My Photography

Old Street, Islington, London

I visit London 2 or 3 times a year, usually for live music, but I always throw in some photography.

Earlier this year I saw the Bleeding London project mentioned in Amateur Photographer magazine. The aim of the project is to collect a photograph of every street listed in London's A-Z by the end of October 2014 (it started earlier this year), with a resulting exhibition.

I'm always looking for interesting things to photograph or trying to photograph well-known locations in a different way, whether I'm in a back street or not, but after reading about Bleeding London the next time I went to London I purposely walked slower and challenged myself to take a photo in every street. I'm glad I did because it's led to some of my favourite photos I've taken in London - that I wouldn't have taken otherwise. If I put together a portfolio of my images from London now compared to before I read about Bleeding London, it'd definitely be more interesting and representative of London than just showing the iconic sites with a few other places thrown in.

Some of my favourite photos from my "Bleeding London walks" are below.

Taxi in Beech Street Tunnel, Barbican St. Giles' Cripplegate Church and Andrewes Highwalk, Barbican View from John Wesley Highwalk, Barbican Seddon Highwalk, Barbican Seddon Highwalk, Barbican The Barbican from Silk Street Bikes at Ogle Street BT Tower from Ogle Street The Clerk & Well Pub, Vine Hill Cyclist Fixing Puncture, Cardington Street Domino's Pizza Bikes, Foley Street Domus Tiles, Great Sutton Street, Clerkenwell Grange Langham Court Hotel, Langham Street England flags during the World Cup,
Laystall Street
Gherkin and Bus, Aldgate Road

There's a lesson here even if you don't live in London, go for a walk (maybe your commute) and take a photo in every street - not just a record shot - try and be creative. Is there something (or someone) that sums up the character of the street? Can you show the street in a new way? I'll be thinking about this wherever I go from now on.

Photos taken with the Canon Powershot G1 X


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