London Lenses: An Everyday View

Thanks to those of you who played along on the first London Lenses photo mission. Are you ready for the next one?

The theme for the next week is: An everyday view.

By this, I mean the view from your office window, something or someone you walk by every day or even a mundane object like your toothbrush that you (hopefully) see every day but don’t really think about.

Here’s a couple from me from last year as an example:

Roses and Bricks

Building near Portobello Road where I walked every day.

Chipped Paint 2

Chipping paint on my office building.

Central Line

And of course, the Central Line.


Step 1: Take photos of things tyou see every day
Step 2: Upload to Flickr pool
Step 3: Tag photos LLOeveryday and write in the description why it makes you smile

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!


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!

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!


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.


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….


London Lenses: Something About London that Makes you Smile

It’s time for your first London Lenses photo mission!

London Lenses posts will run every Thursday. I’m going to give you a topic and you’ll have all week to post your best photos in the Flickr pool. A handful of those photos will be posted on the blog before the next topic is announced. Anyone with London photos can join in. You don’t have to be a great photographer. It’s about creativity, but it’s more about content and London through your eyes.

So here we go. Your first topic is: Something About London that Makes you Smile

It can be something in your house, out and about or wherever you find it. Something that screams “London” or something you could find anywhere like your favorite mug. Whatever makes you smile.

Some things in London that make me smile: street art, walks on Hampstead Heath, a great find in one of the markets, a cup of tea, the Lomo Photography shop, the variety of food, misspelled shop signs, etc.

Here’s a few of my own photos to get you moving:

Writing on the wall, Brick Lane.

Relaxing outside a very colourful shop on Brick Lane

The old backyard bonfires we used to have in Kensal Green

Tibetan momos at the Sunday Up-Market. Yum!

Taking a break amid the chaos of Notting Hill Gate.


Step 1: Take photos of things that make you smile
Step 2: Upload to Flickr pool
Step 3: Tag photos LLOSmile and write in the description why it makes you smile