view from the Boaters Inn, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey
the view from my “office” at the Boaters Inn, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey

This week I’ve been playing with filters and trying a few different photography styles, from food photography to black and white, in Kingston-upon-Thames, Southwark and Shoreditch, in London.

Having said I would do #NaPhoPoMo, I’ve decided to group all the photos from one week, rather than posting a photo on the blog each day – otherwise, subscribers to my blog will get a bit overwhelmed. I’m also being selective about which photos I post here. I’ll still post a photo each day on Instagram, though.

lunch at the Boaters Inn, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey
delicious lunch at the Boaters Inn, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey

On Monday, I visited the Boaters Inn in Kingston-upon-Thames to do a bit of writing before lunch. Even on a foggy day I never tire of the view – and the food is very tasty too!

photo exhibition "1001 Days in London" by Steve Hollingshead
“1001 days in London” an exhibition by Steve Hollingshead (centre) in Southwark

On Tuesday I went to see “1001 days in London” – an exhibition of photographs by Steve Hollingshead celebrating London and its people over a period of 15 years. The exhibition in Southwark has finished, but it will be back in March 2016 at the riverside gallery in the Oxo building. It’s worth a visit.

autumn leaves and modern architecture - Southwark, London
autumn leaves and modern architecture – Southwark, London

From there, I walked to Tate Modern through a new development of apartments that had a zen garden in the middle with some dazzling Japanese maple trees. I love the contrast between the soft edges of nature, in the form of autumn leaves, and the sharp, almost industrial lines of modern architecture.

"Empty Lot" installation by Abraham Cruzvillegas at Tate Modern, Southwark, London
“Empty Lot” installation by Abraham Cruzvillegas at Tate Modern, Southwark, London

This fascinating installation in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern is made up of triangles of soil taken from various London parks. No seeds have been sown in the soil, so it’s an experiment to see what, if anything, will grow. It will be interesting to see any developments in the coming weeks and months.

St Paul's Cathedral from Tate Modern, London.
St Paul’s Cathedral from Tate Modern, London, on a grey day

While at Tate Modern, I also captured this photo of St Paul’s Cathedral from the bar. It’s unusual for me to do photographs in black and white, because I’m mostly drawn to bright colours rather than shapes. The colours were so drained in this picture, though, and St Paul’s Cathedral was getting lost – whereas, in black and white, the silhouettes of the three women frame the cathedral and draw attention to it.

brunch at The Book Club EC2, Shoreditch, London with We Love To Brunch
brunch at The Book Club EC2, Shoreditch, London with We Love To Brunch

On Sunday I joined We Love To Brunch at The Book Club EC2, in Shoreditch, London, for another fun brunch and photo walk. It was lovely meeting so many new members as well as catching up with people I hadn’t seen for a while – and seeing a bit more of one of the most photographed areas of London.

Steffi and Rosella, We Love To Brunch organisers in Shoreditch, London
Steffi and Rosella, We Love To Brunch organisers, in Shoreditch, London

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I’m so glad I joined Instagram. It’s enabled me to make real connections with people – both in my local area and elsewhere – who share a common interest in photography, art and/or travel. It has quite literally changed my life.

Geffrye Museum, Shoreditch, London
Geffrye Museum, Shoreditch, London

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