John Kortland Photography: Londoners in Action

I’m am seriously loving John Kortland‘s awesome contributions to the Flickr pool lately, so this post is dedicated to him. He has a fantastic eye for street photography, for capturing those little moments (at just the right moment) that make living in this city so amusing.

People watching has got to be one of the best ways to pass time in London, seeing little glimpses of a stranger’s personality, wondering about where they came from, what their story is and where they’re going. Just watching life unfold, really. And life unfolds in a pretty interesting way around here sometimes.

Here’s a few of the moments that may have gone unnoticed had John not been around with his camera! Enjoy.

Wardrobe Malfunction

Community Care

That's Got To Sting !

The Whistle Blower

Who's Your Friend ?

News From The Dark Side

Bit Tied Up at the Moment

Sock Sunning

In Step But Not Together

Thanks John!

To the rest of you, be sure to stop by his page and give this talented photographer a little virtual handshake. John’s been into photography for about 30 years now and being retired, he’s got lots of time to poke his lens around London’s busy streets.

 

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Nunhead Cemetery

One of the three “Magnificent Seven” cemeteries I had yet to visit in London, Nunhead is  tangled, overgrown and disheveled but its beauty is only amplified by these characteristics. It’s a place of peace, with chirping birds and winding pathways lined with trees and monuments, trails off the main track and fantastic views over London. We only had about 30 minutes to explore a small corner before it closed, but here are some photos of this resting place tucked away in a near-forgotten corner of southeast London.

Peace, Perfect Peace

Cemetery Prayers

Cemetery Thoughts

Nunhead Cemetery Entrance

Meeting

Design

Cross

Nunhead Cemetery

Still Autumn

Pathway

Winter Branches

Elephants 171-180

Today is an elephant day. Here’s 171-180. Choose your fave! If you could paint your own elephant, what would it look like?

171. Jarlo by Marty Thornton; Victoria Tower Gardens
Jarlo

172. Luna by M McCann, J Scott & N Colyer; Westfield
Luna

173. The Paul Smith Elephant by Sir Paul Smith; The Royal Exchange
The Paul Smith Elephant

174. Baarsfant no2 by Menno Baars; Green Park
BaarsFant no2

175. R by Gavin Tuck; New Burlington Place
R2

176. No More Plundering by Milo Tchais; Potters Field Park
No More Plundering

177. Utopia by Mitch Freeman; Queens Walk, Hungerford Bridge
Utopia

178. Naveen by John Stefanidis; Notting Hill Gate
Naveen

179. 21st Century Ganesh by Mythili Thevendrampillai; originally at India Place (I interviewed Mythili for a London Art Spot post last February.)
21st Century Ganesh

180. Boogie Woo by Nandita Chaudhuri; Soho Square
Boogie Woo

Boogie Woo

For more photos, interviews and other info, visit my Elephant Parade page. Stay tuned for the rest!

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Our first stop at the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland? Mulled Wine. It’s £4 a cup, but when you’re standing in freezing night temperatures, it’s a must to keep your hands from going numb and to warm you from the inside.

We had some good laughs trying on hats (for example, one that looked like a fish – you stick your head up into its mouth), ate some bratwurst smothered in ketchup, watched the pretty lights of the rides and bought a a couple goodies from the Christmas market. There’s also an ice skating rink if you’ve got good balance or don’t mind a few bruises.

You pay for rides and food at regular fairground prices, but entry is free and it’s a nice experience just wandering around and soaking up the atmosphere. Friends of mine went on a weekend which is apparently crowded, but we went on a Monday night after work and it was just right. The Wonderland is open till 10pm. Dress warm!!

Do You See What I See?

Talking Reindeer

Mulled Wine

Rides

Snowman and Baby

Haunted Christmas

Slide

Bratwurst

Owl

Observation Wheel

Talking Tree

Chestnuts Roasting

Christmas Market Vendor

http://www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/