Julia Barnickle: Taking Life As It Comes

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Video – Easter at the South Bank Centre, London – Project 52 – 16/52

South Bank Centre, London, from Hungerford Bridge

I’ve realised that, yet again, I’m trying to do too much. Originally, I set an intention to post one photograph per week on the blog – but because I was taking more than one photo per week, I thought I might as well post more than one photo. Then I set my sights on producing one video per week…

So I’ve got a bit behind with my posts, and I’ve decided I need to calm things down a bit!

This week’s video was filmed during Easter festivities at The South Bank Centre – a complex of music and art venues on the South Bank of the River Thames, in London, which mainly comprises the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery. There’s always lots going on in and around the Centre, especially at holiday times – and Easter was no exception!

Bridge to Bridge Video – Vauxhall to Westminster – Project 52 – 15/52

Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, London

This week I continued my journey along the river to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, starting off in Vauxhall – where I filmed a few weeks ago, and passing by Lambeth Palace, the official London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Lambeth Palace, official London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury

On the slipway in Vauxhall, I spotted the London Duck Tours amphibious vehicle, which picks up passengers in Vauxhall and ferries them along the River Thames to Westminster.

London Duck tours

Although I knew these vehicles existed, I had never seen one before – and now, suddenly they were everywhere, as you’ll see in the video!

April Love Day 3 – An Inspiring Quote – Project 52 – 14/52

April Love - Day 3 - inspiring quote from Howard Thurman

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
~ Howard Thurman

Every now and then, Susannah Conway publishes a series of daily photo prompts. This month, the theme is “April Love” – which is all about self-care.

I have always found it difficult to keep up with any kind of daily routine – including posting daily photographs – but I think it’s interesting that I have found posting photographs for this April Love series even more difficult than usual.

I wonder why? Is it because I feel overwhelmed by the daily e-mails, encouraging me to take better care of myself? Or is it because I’m too busy doing stuff that I’m loving anyway, and the topic is no longer so relevant to me?

Whatever… I shall endeavour to persevere. But for now, all I have is this inspirational quote and the list of prompts.


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