Five Londoners

On Friday, I was on the Circle line when a group of three musicians hopped on the train with their instruments and told us: “Hello everyone. Welcome to the Circle Line. We’re going to play a little song for you. It’s a jig. We encourage you to get up and dance.”

And people looked up suspiciously from their phones and books and newspapers. A few cracked up the corners of their mouths in shy smiles, others immediately darted their eyes back to their laps. No one got up to dance.

After the first song, one of the musicians said, “Okay, well maybe you’d prefer a waltz? Or do you have a headache? Or perhaps you’re just uncomfortable with social situations? If that’s the case, you can keep on pretending we’re not here.”

And that hit a note for a lot of people because then a few people did the unthinkable – they made eye contact with one another and a few even chuckled. The guy across from me started tapping his foot. The band played on for a few more stops. At the end, even the ones who never looked up from their papers dropped a few coins in the bucket.

They were good, funny, entertaining, and to lighten the atmosphere of a serious morning tube ride is a challenge indeed. There seems to be an unspoken agreement amongst Londoners that if anything odd, unusual or completely out of the ordinary happens, no one will acknowledge it. If someone walked onto that train completely naked with a python wrapped around his waist, people may glance up out of the corner of their eyes, but they would probably carry on reading their papers with a serious face.

I could spend days on end just watching the city unfold  and watch it’s people carry on through the day, doing odd things and ordinary things. It fascinates me to no end.

So I will leave you to enjoy a few photos from the Flickr pool of Londoners going about their business…


Snug Fit by Sabine Thoele

Occupy Camp, St. Paul’s by Where the Art Is

The Birds by Sabine Thoele

Waiting for the Train but a Million Miles Away by Maggie Jones

Just Walkin’ the Ferrets by JayKay72

Add your own photos of Londoners to the Flickr pool for a chance to be featured on the blog.

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London Lenses: Something to Smile About – The Winners

Life got a bit hectic between the time I posted the first London Lenses photo challenge and now (i.e. – my sudden shift of countries, lack of job and everything in between)…. So, apologies for the delay in sharing the top three “Something that makes you smile” photos that were added to the Flickr pool. Here they are now, in no particular order!

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1.) The first one makes The Polstar smile. It’s called “Waiting for my train to leave” and it comes with a little story which I will share below.

Taken from the window of the 7:18am from Liverpool Street Station to White Hart Lane.

Liverpool Station is dear to my heart even though I travel through it every day now. I grew up in Suffolk, Ipswich to be precise, and a train journey to London ended at Liverpool Street Station. I remember coming here as a child and it was dirty, confusing and dark. When I reached my teens I would come here and it signaled the start of a fun night out – knowing that I would be meeting up with friends to go to a gig, or a club or both.

Now, although it is ‘tainted’ by being the station I head towards work from, I still like Liverpool Street Station. It’s an interesting place to people watch as it’s in the heart of The City but it’s also the station to catch the boat train to Harwich from and the Stanstead Express – so you always get holiday makers there.

Because it’s in the heart of the City you also get LOADS of freebies. People are always promoting new products there!

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2.) The next one comes from ThisisDanielle, a bright and colourful photograph of something that makes me smile as well – an artist at work. It’s called “Live Street Ar on Portobello”.
 

Artist at Portobello Market in London – I love stumbling upon artists doing their thing and making the city vibrant & beautiful!

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3.) And last but not least, we have a street musician giving the people of London his music. This one was shot by trailerfullofpix, simply titled “Accordion”.

A sunny Sunday and a great street band at Columbia Road Flower Market. Dakota Jim on the accordion.

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So thanks very much to those of you who participated. These things make me smile too!

I shall throw another photo challenge your way shortly….

 

Occupy Camp Pics

I made it over to St. Paul’s to check out the Occupy camp a few days ago (albeit in the dark…), but haven’t had a chance to sort out my own photos yet.  Where the Art Is sure did though, and got some great shots that were added to the LLO Flickr pool. So, here we go, a little photo essay for you today:

What do you guys think of Occupy? Have you seen it or maybe even participated? 

For a chance to be featured on the blog, add your London photos to the Flickr pool!

PS – Don’t forget to join in on the first LLO Giveaway! Super easy to enter.

Malarky in the East End

One of the first things I’m going to do when I get back to London in January is to take my camera out and find all the latest street art I’m missing out on. Here’s a fresh piece from South London street artist Malarky in the East End, captured by Alex Ellison who always has his eyes on those fabulous East London walls.

Add your London photos to the Flickr pool for a chance to be featured on LLO.

 

Londoners: Jay

My favourite photographers tend to be the ones who can capture strangers on the street clearly and with an obvious connection. Pete Zewelski is certainly one of them. Here’s the latest contribution to the Flickr pool from Pete.

Hair Apparent

This is Jay taking a wander around Gerrard Street in Chinatown.