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St Paul’s Cathedral, London – Video – Project 52 – 13/52

St Paul's Cathedral and Millennium Bridge, London

I’m back filming again this week – I walked from Waterloo along the South Bank of the River Thames and across the Millennium Bridge (known locally as the “wobbly bridge” because it was unstable when it was first built) to film St Paul’s Cathedral, in the City of London.

St Paul's Cathedral, London

Since following other London photographers on Instagram, I’ve learned about some new places to take photos from – such as One New Change, a shopping mall and restaurant complex behind St Paul’s Cathedral. Its roof terrace and shiny glass walls made it possible for me to get some really interesting shots – as you can see in the video below.

St Paul's Cathedral and One New Change, London

I discovered that New Change runs parallel with Old Change – a London street dating from 1293. There’s even a plaque to commemorate Old Change, which doesn’t really exist now.

Site of Old Change, a London street dating from 1293

I had to laugh – after I took a photo of the plaque, two young tourists copied my example. They probably had no idea what the plaque was for, but thought it must be important – otherwise why would I have photographed it!

Chinese pop star and camera crew by St Paul's Cathedral, London

On the corner of New Change, I was invited to be filmed being interviewed by a Chinese pop star – but I declined on the grounds of being too shy. Afterwards, I kept thinking: why didn’t I say yes? It might have been fun… [Note to self: be more brave!]

Kingston-upon-Thames and Zazzle – Project 52 – 12/52

Julia Barnickle, photographer - Reflections in Kingston-upon-Thames

This week I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather, so I’ve not been out filming. Instead, I went for a short walk in Kingston and set up an on-line shop on Zazzle to sell greeting cards.

For years, I’ve wanted to create greeting cards from some of my photographs and art, but it’s such a faff, printing out the pictures and sticking them onto blank cards – and I usually end up with more glue on the front of the picture than on the back!

So when my Creative Adventurer friend Morwhenna told me she had started an on-line shop with Zazzle, I thought I’d give it a go too. At the moment, I’ve only got a few items for sale, but I’ll gradually be adding more from my vast archive of photographs!

Here’s a selection of what’s currently on offer. The cards are competitively priced – so if you’d like to buy a friend or family member a greetings card that’s not available on the High Street, take a look at my shop: http://www.zazzle.co.uk/juliabarnickle*

Watercolour Greeting Card
Sunburst Watercolour Greeting Card
Phoenix Rising Greeting Card
Pink Tulips Greeting Card
Wildflowers, Surrey Hills Greeting Card
Springtime, Bournville Green Greeting Card

Bridge To Bridge Video – Chelsea Bridge to Vauxhall Bridge – Project 52 – 11/52


This week, I’ve walked from Vauxhall to Battersea Park and back again. Twice. The first time was on Sunday – but once again, the weather wasn’t great after I set off, and the photos looked rather flat. So I went back again a few days later, when the sun was shining.

Battersea Power Station

The purpose of the visit was to photograph and film Battersea Power Station – I’ve been meaning to take photos for years! The iconic Art Deco building gained worldwide fame when it appeared on the cover of Pink Floyd’s “Animals” album in 1977.

Battersea Power Station

The power station was decommissioned in 1983, and plans to develop a Disneyland-style theme park were abandoned in 1989 after costs escalated. The building lay abandoned and derelict until some time in 2014, when the latest development plans gained momentum.

Battersea Power Station

From the outside, the site still looks abandoned – one of the chimneys was dismantled in 2014, with plans to re-build all four chimneys in the original style during the course of the project.

Battersea Power Station

According to the developers, the 42-acre site will eventually house nearly four thousand apartments, three hotels, more than 250 shops and restaurants, leisure facilities, a six-acre riverside park and its own Underground station.

Battersea Power Station

In the meantime, luxury apartment blocks are springing up along the river bank between Battersea Power Station and Vauxhall, and New Covent Garden market is being redeveloped.

Color // Colour Lovers – Project 52 – 10/52

Color / Colour Pink

During the month of February, I joined in the Color // Colour Lovers photo challenge started by Xanthe Berkeley and Andrea Jenkins on Instagram – so I thought I’d post the photos here too.

Color / Colour Pink

Each week there was a prompt for a different colour (or color!) – I missed the first 2 weeks (red and yellow), but joined in for pink, green, orange and blue.

Color / Colour Green

It was fun – either finding things during my day, or rummaging through my archives to find something that was the right colour!

Color / Colour Orange

One of the things I liked most about the challenge was that you could post as many or as few photographs as you wanted, each week – you didn’t have to post one per day.
Color / Colour Blue

It was a great introduction to Instagram too – I’d never used it before (I only got my iPhone in December), so it gave me a good reason to figure out how to post photos and videos.

Color / Colour Blue

London Cameos Video – Gabriel’s Wharf – Project 52 – 9/52

Gabriel's Wharf, South Bank, London

This week I met up with Julia Elmore, to complete my first “London Cameos” video on the beach at Gabriel’s Wharf, on the South Bank in London – only a stone’s throw from the Royal Festival Hall and within sight of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Julia Elmore at Gabriel's Wharf, South Bank, London

Here, Julia creates a One Wheeled Thames Serpent from the flotsam and jetsam she finds on the beach. She says she often goes to Gabriel’s Wharf to create art, and she finds its temporary nature liberating. I loved making the film, and it was fascinating to watch Julia create her art, although I’m not sure I would have been able to let go so easily!