Found these candy/toy machines outside a corner shop in Bethnal Green. Took me back to the carefree days of childhood in New York, 10 cents in a slot and out popped a colourful candy necklace or bouncy Super Ball or some other simple piece of plastic that could keep you entertained for hours…
Found in East London, this sign is reference to the old children’s nursery rhyme:
“Oranges and lemons” say the Bells of St. Clement’s
“You owe me five farthings” say the Bells of St. Martin’s
“When will you pay me?” say the Bells of Old Bailey
“When I grow rich” say the Bells of Shoreditch
“When will that be?” say the Bells of Stepney
“I do not know” say the Great Bells of Bow
“Here comes a Candle to light you to Bed
Here comes a Chopper to Chop off your Head
Chip chop chip chop – the Last Man’s Dead.”
This will be quite a long entry as is it is a result of the Photo Scavenger hunt for October. The main site is here if you want to check it out or join in. Some of these photos have already been posted here, so I will make them smaller.
Strangers snuggled up under a willow tree in Camden
For this one, I did something I never did before and worked up the nerve to approach a stranger for a photo. I got talking to her because she was selling lapis lazuli jewellery from Afghanistan in Camden Market for a man who was away to see his family in Kabul. When I asked her, she was amazingly cooperative, found a cool place to stand. She said, “You know, I’m flattered. I used to be a model you know. Many years ago. I ain’t got the face anymore, but I’ve still got the body.”
3. An icon of your city
Two for one deal – Big Ben and the London Underground.
This little girl was hanging out in Hampstead on Sunday while we were watching the Morris Dancers.
5. Something red and green
Not the best image as far as photography goes, but instead of red and green foliage photos, I chose this one because I thought the concept was pretty cool to fit the key word (along with the colours, of course).
This was taken near St James’s Park.
This is above a garage on Portobello Road.
8. An image that could be a book cover
For some sort of thriller novel…This is from the edge of the City.
A lively Morris Dancer in Hampstead, taking a break from his performance.
New growth, Ravenscourt Park, West London
11. A shadow or silhouette
A silhouette of branches against the sunset over Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath in North London.
Bilingual English/Bengali street sign off Brick Lane, East London
So many Autumn photos this month, but this is Hampstead Heath.
15. An animal
Okay, I have some fluffy ones as well, but decided to opt for the bird on a sign. Found this one in St. James’s park one evening. The bird just stood there looking about, not a care in the world.
16. A place to contemplate life
Hampstead Heath again… what can I say? It’s a good place for photos. And comtemplating life…
17. Something that begins with the letter O
O is for “orange”, a coloured building that stands out in Covent Garden.
18. A reflection on water
St. James’s Park
19. An interesting perspective
D and a lonely tree in Hampstead Heath.
20. A self-portrait
Just me in my room.