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Category archive: My photographs

Tuesday April 30 2019

In that chat that me and Patrick had yesterday, about Christianity and its influence, I mentioned, for some reason, how part of the reason the Shard is shaped like the Shard is that it is also shaped like the steeple of a typical sort of London church.

The church in these photos, that I photoed the same day I photoed these photos of the Optic Cloak, is Christ Church Isle of Dogs:

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The little game I played there with the two spires, as I walked back towards the middle of London from the Greenwich Peninsula, is exactly the sort of thing Renzo Piano had in mind when he designed his spire.

This is not the first time I’ve played now you see it now you don’t with a church and the Shard, aligned.

The trick is for the church to be very near, compared to the Shard.

Monday April 29 2019

Earlier today, Patrick Crozier and I recorded another of our recorded conversations (by and by it will appear here).  Patrick laid out the agenda which was Christianity, and how, although he could never believe in it, henevertheless regrets the diminution of its influence on our world.

He mentioned the way the Western Roman Empire fell apart after it had been conquered by Christianity (echoing Gibbon, although I didn’t say that; he mentioned ecclesiastical architecture; he mentioned the intimate relationship between Christianity and secular power; and at one point we rather digressed, into the matter of French domestic architecture.

Here are four photos I photoed in Quimper, Brittany, exactly one year ago to the day, which illustrate these various talking points:

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Photo 1.1 a history lesson inside Qumper Cathedral which covers the ground Patrick alluded to about the Roman Empire (protected by glass, hence the reflection of the stained glass window)..  Photo 1.2 is a view of one of the towers of Quimper Cathedral, as seen from the other tower.  Photo 2.1 is of an equestrian statue, from the same spot.  And finally, 2.2, also from the same spot, is a photo looking out over the city of Quimper.

The weather could have been a lot brighter, but you are only allowed to the top of Quimper Cathedral on the one day each year, and April 29th 2018 was the day that it was

I will greatly miss Quimper and its Cathedral, now that my friends in France no longer live there.  I won’t be going back on my own, just to see it but not them.

Saturday April 27 2019

Yes, I like to photo signposts.  You know where you are, with signposts.  Because they pretty much tell you where you are.

Here’s a signpost photo I photoed in March 2012:

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But there’s more to it than just having a note of where I was, useful though that is.  There’s something about actually seeing those particular names of particular places which makes the fact that this is where I really am – and then later: was - come particularly alive.

As you can tell from the previous paragraph, I don’t really know how to explain this fascination of mine.  And just now, I am too knackered, having spent the day recovering from a Last Friday of the Month meeting that happened last night.  Dominique Lazanski: very good.  My front room: very full.  Aftermath: lots of crap to tidy up.

Yesterday was a day when I had to be very energetic and alive, to get ready for that meeting.  So, I was.  (Hence those four blog postings yesterday.) Today, I could be knackered.  So, I was.

Friday April 26 2019

In March 2005 there was scaffolding at the Albert Memorial, and I photoed it, along with several of its subsidiary sculptures, sculptures of which I am very fond:

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There is an elephant there, centre stage, which is why this has to go up here on a Friday.  Also, note the lady with with her (right) boob job.  I’ve always liked that.

Here is Albert himself, same day, same time:

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My camera then was this one.

There will come a time, not so far in the future now, when the only photos of my own that I blog about will be photos I photoed earlier, often, as in this case, a lot earlier.

One of the first things I did in France, after I got off the plane and had been driven by my hosts to their home, was to meet up with Oscar again.  Remember Oscar?  Oscar is the cat, who got lost and found, partly thanks to the photos I took of him, but mostly because of GodDaughter2’s social media expertise.  She located him, in France, while not even being in France.

Here is one of the first photos I photoed of Oscar this time around:

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I like that photo because it looks like we’re are looking at each other horizontally, but are actually …:

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… looking at each other vertically, him upwards and me photoing downwards.  Those being my feet, at the bottom there.  On the right, the light of the south of France on the floor of the balcony outside the bedroom I was in.

The earlier photos I linked back to were taken in their Brittany home, but now my friends are more permanently in Thuir, way down south, near Perpignan.  Oscar doesn’t like car journeys (stuck in a small prison hardly bigger than he is), but he has no objections to actually being in a different house.  Somewhere new to explore.

Wednesday April 24 2019

Fifteen years ago today, on April 24th 2004, at the Parliament end of Westminster Bridge, I took a clutch of photos of a guy who was photoing the London Eye from that spot:

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So far so ordinary.  Not so ordinary, however, is that he was using a mobile phone.  This is one of the earliest sightings I have found in the archives of mobile phone photoing, a trend only resisted now by freaks like me who care lots about photoing, but almost nothing about instantly communicating, of photos or of anything much else.

My camera was a Canon A70.

Tuesday April 23 2019

In the part of France where GodDaughter2’s family live and with whom I recently stayed, there are two ways to make a car journey.  You can take what looks like the long route, along two or even three sides of a motorway rectangle, only travelling on little roads when you have to, to get to and from the motorway.  Or, you can attempt to travel more directly, along little roads, by the scenic route.  The scenic route looks quicker on the map, at first glance.  But the motorways are quicker because they always go straight where they’re going.  They don’t wiggle back and forth up and down mountains, or get stuck in little villages.

I was taken on various car journeys during my stay, of both kinds.  The trips involving airports were on motorways, as were others.  But there were also various journeys along those scenic routes.

Here are a few of the many, many photos I took while on such expeditions: 

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The thing is, France is (see above) big.

On one of these expeditions we drove for about four hours, hither and thither, up and down, through kilometre upon kilometre of gorgeous scenery, encountering about three other oncoming vehicles per hour. We crossed over numerous bridges as we switched from going down or up one side of a valley to going up or down the other side of the same valley, often able to see past nearby trees to distant mountains, but often not, passing through and sometimes stopping in towns or villages with orange tiled roofs.

Countryside in England of this desirability, in weather like this, would be swarming with motorists, all making it impossible for each other to have a good time.  In the south of France, where this sort of weather is only average (too cold and windy) and where they have endless supplies of such scenery, we had the entire route pretty much to ourselves.

Also, in England, if you were to drive for half a day at the slowish but steady speed we were able to drive scenically in France, you’d take a visible bite into the map of England.  In France, such a trip doesn’t register, nationally speaking.  You’ve gone from this little place here, to this next little place right next to the first place, here, two milimetres away.  As an exercise in crossing France, forget it.  You have made no progress at all.

It’s not just places like America, Africa and India that are big.  Compared to England, France is big too.

Friday April 19 2019

I like how digital photography has replaced killing, as a way to collect wildlife.  In particular (as I learned when preparing a talk I gave about digital photography five years ago), I like how butterfly collectors now collect butterfly photos instead of dead butterflies.

However, although I regularly wander about photoing photos, I have myself never photoed a butterfly.

Until last week, in France, on the same day as and about an hour after I photoed that Death in France photo, I photoed this butterfly:

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I know.  Not very impressive.  And is that another butterfly, a dead one, upside down on the floor there?  I rather think it may be.

However, a second later, this happened:

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Is that two butterflies shagging?  Do butterflies even do that?  Butterfly necrophilia perhaps?

I have no idea what brand of butterfly this particular butterfly is, but it is rather fine, I think.

My first butterfly photo
Death in France and death on television
Something I forgot to mention
A Much Bigger Thing
More art beside the river
Another brief and perfunctory posting
Staircases and shadows
Four Channel Islands and a fifth Channel Island
Peter Burke’s Assembly at the Woolwich Arsenal (again)
Nuclear Rabbits From Outta Space?
A new (remote) control tower for City Airport
Hairpiece in the road
Me and my camera at the ENO
Wet riser inlet
Recent Big Things looking good
Fitness vehicle
Food photo
Red chameleon in Stoke Newington
Street Art sells beer instead of political ruination – pro-political-ruination writer not happy
A photo of somewhere
Spring in the air
Vapour trail light
X marks the spot in the sky
The Trafalgar Square Mascot Mystery of 2007
Car reflections
The Optic Cloak from closer up
ULEZ?
I love London
Driftwood horse in shop window
The new Greenwich Peninsula
More healthcare technology in action
A different way to open a car door
A model of a building that never happened
Pavlova now has her own lights
Man with food
Trees - no leaves - building - blue sky
Talking about Brexit
The Wheel etc.
The Welbeck Street Car Park then and now
The Hyde Park Corner Horse’s Head looking a bit silly
Feed the birds!
The Park Hotel seen from the park
When Elvis met Tommy in Bermondsey
Early views of the Optic Cloak
Two beautiful days
A horse’s head at Hyde Park Corner
The Optic Cloak
Three birds and a clock
The Michelin Man stained glass window
Smartphone photoers on Westminster Bridge
One Park Drive
Westminster lighting effect
Yet another Big Thing alignment
NFL photoer photos The City Cluster (plus video of a stadium roof opening)
Three photoers
Guy’s Hospital with tree
Towers and trees in the Docklands sunshine
Complicated scaffolding effects in the morning sunshine
Big Ex-Thing
Time to go east again
Cluck
Some new London horizontality
Hell or Habito
The STAEDTLER Mars plastic has staying power
Reflection reflections
Quota Quantum Cloud
Now thrive the cardboard makers
Crane - scaffolding - roof clutter
Sunrise on the way to Alicante (etc.)
The Penmarc’h Lighthouse
City views from 2004
The Advent of a new keyboard
Hippo bottle opener
A flash photo of Stephen Davies
The Christmas Day posting
St Paul’s interrupted
From ridiculous to sublime
But will I be able to keep it up?
Exit 60 coathangers
Fighting back against IO and dust
Taxis with adverts in the dark
Crouching photoer – shadow selfies
The end is nigh
Stow-Away in Lower Marsh
Statue with roof clutter
Like a bridge but not a bridge
Stanford-le-Hope but not cranes
Why I oppose leaves
Chimney pots and blue sky
Light from behind and light from in front
Regimental Remembrance
A True Gleaming Sincerity from Our Tropical Paradise
My latest advert-taxi photo-target – and my next
The original Sloane
Crazy and massive clothing (and a bright red van)
Lorry on roof
Total Surveillance photos
Albert Memorial photos
Zone 2/3
Debussy and Sibelius at Blackheath Halls
Two views of a crane
Crispmas is coming
Peak Remembrance?
The Shard and me photoing the Shard
Horses being useful to humans
The view across Ten Broadway
Old and cross
Cranes caught in the searchlight
22 dwarfs 42
The light at the end of the Beech Street tunnel
At the Grafton Arms (after recording a talk)
Centre Point - lit
Homage to Hartley: The V&A under a very blue sky
Bartok and three ladies outside South Kensington tube
Chinese lanterns and a crane
How photo-collating reminded me of some (other) good modified cliché photos
The performing horses of Warwick Castle: Nice legs – shame about the faces
The last really fine day of 2018 (2): Scaffolding wrapped and unwrapped - and the Reichstag wrapped
Photoers from 2013: Varieties of facelessness
One Blackfriars behind 240 Blackfriars
Confirmation that The Peak is a one-off rather than a two-off
Rolleiflex (and Canon) man
The last really fine day of 2018 (1): Some pleasurable reinforcement
How the Shard was looking nine years ago
Photoing The Wheel from Tottenham Court Road
Views from the John Lewis roof garden
Lines of birds over Rye
Roof clutter viewed through an RCM window
150 great things about the Underground: Number 122
What electrified track looks like when they really turn up the electricity
Another leaning crane
Two faces of Bruce the Real Photographer
Art and information
The Great Pagoda of Kew Gardens – and its dragons
La Taupe
Pavlova in front of “Portland House”
A lorry brings reinforcements
Another go at Bartok – and two competitions
A noisy anteater
Street lamp in front of crane
The man from Glint
Imperfectly hidden scaffolding
Battersea rollerblader
This actually did get my attention
A concrete pump?
A Brunel bridge seat and the Brunel museum
Sun and rain in Brussels – February 2005
Photoing architectural change
Hurrah for the inflated plastic dragons of Kew Gardens
Lady photoers holding other cameras beside the ones they’re using
More Surrey cricket photos
The Blackfriars ghost columns make themselves useful
Pimlico roof clutter
A view from the Great Pagoda in Kew Gardens
The Boomerang still being constructed
Photoers ten years ago today
A new Big Thing alignment as seen from the Oval
A view from the Shard
Kensington Gore
Helping hands
Photoer shadows
A friend in front of a strange lighting effect
Interesting headgear
That Bartok statue again
Battersea Power Station – 2005 – 2012 – 2016 - 2017
Orange umbrellas in Lower Marsh
The City Big Things looking like a model
Uncluttered French train roofs
A photo-rumination on French rail clutter
Photoer with street map
The Trump blimp
Quota cloud
Big Thing Alignment with an appropriate slogan in the foreground
Confessions of a preemptive pessimist
Helipad next to a railway station
Cranes – scaffolding – colours
Busy (and hot) few days
Elephants in Sloane Square
Thumb out of glove
Quota sunset with quota crane
Heads at the bottom of the Cheesegrater
One Kemble Street and the ME Hotel Radio Bar photoed from the Royal Festival Hall
Scalpel – close up – not finished
The bride wore red
The Peak and its window cleaning crane
A Euston pub fire from the top of the Tate Modern Extension
Cromwell with a plain background
Creature contrast in the City
Battersea Power Station plus train window reflections
GD2 graduates
Ruthless boohoo man
Quota sunset
Royal Albert and his Hall
Covered scaffolding in sunshine
Selfie with hats
More photoers
Wardour Street dragon
Trust them – they’re architects
The selfie hair pat
Conjecture and refutation
Photo of a photo of a bloke doing a picture of a bridge in Paris
The new Tottenham Court Road tube exit – with cranes
Light on dark
Chat perdu :( (et retrouvée)
So …
Heroes with photoers
Death Wish avec Bruce Willis
River walk
Photos of Oscar
The Guy’s Hospital Tower in 2000
Here are some I took earlier
Upside down chickens in a Paris shop window
A better hand dryer at the Gare du Nord
Angel Bear outside the Gare du Nord
Nova behind Pavlova
Inside the spire and looking upwards
I came for bridges but mostly what I got was leaves
The internet is no longer a nice place
Lunch in Paris
A missed opportunity
In Mile End Road
When rain looks like snow
There is no such thing as user friendliness
Possible blogging interruptions
Sign with socks
Talking with - and without - a microphone
Two adverts for the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts
Photoer photos from five years ago
The centre of London from Alexandra Palace ten years ago
Trafalgar Square lions
The Castalian String Quartet at the Wigmore Hall last night
Fox in SW1
Heron out west
Green Union Jack
In Tottenham Court Road
On April 7th 2008 …
Haircut selfies
Show and tell
Hippo with lid
An encouraging picture for Spurs
No daisy eating
The perfect time to enjoy a bit of pollarding
Weird Queen Elizabeth IIs and weird Sherlock Holmeses
Faces on a Monument
Weird Piccadilly photos today
The biggest exercise in keeping up appearances that I have so far heard about
Goodnight and see you tomorrow
A wedding photo session in March 2008
The Great Big City Thing – new Big City Things – a not so big City Thing
Quota taxi covered in quota red flamingos
The Devil’s Dice in Piccadilly
A temporary RCM corridor – the inside and the outside
Another crowd scene
South Kensington roof clutter
Crowd and crowd shadows
Creature photos
Snow
My new FZ150
Worse than bad form
Piano being played at Tottenham Court Road tube station
What kind of car is this?  Answer: A Charger and a Bee
Penis park
A selfie in the Warwick Way gymnasium front window
Up on the roof
Another London logo (and a selfie)
War and peace
Yet more photoers
Quota urinal
Pavlova dances on a sign and next to a clock
A face and some windows
My original version compared to 6k’s version
The light and the lights on Blackfriars Bridge
The light and the lights of Victoria Station
The delivery scooter – first improvised now designed
Another January 5th photo – trees and cranes and 240 Blackfriars
Photoer in silhouette
Winter sunlight and new buildings beyond Lower Marsh
Piccadilly in the wet
Yes I know - BMdotcom is a mess
A Mickey Mouse posting
A pub which shows the Six Nations
The London skyline ten years ago
A brightly lit building in front of a dark sky
Photoing the man playing a flaming tuba
Primrose Hill photoers
Primrose Hill crowd
My camera is not turning photos yellow – it’s Windows Photo Viewer that is turning photos yellow
Getting old – BBC Music – Lego Tower Bridge – etc.
Merry Christmas - Happy New Year - 50 percent off
Belated Christmas greetings
Pigs don’t pig out
The City of London Cluster in 2026 (and now) - plus some family history
I like Prince Albert’s backing
Something elsewhere
Southwark Cathedral from the train
Another quote and two more photos
Photoers on Primrose Hill and how my camera turns everything yellow
Merry Christmas … and …?
The Gayer-Anderson Cat
The great Classical CD Holocaust of December 2017: The struggle continues
Ashes lost – CDs soaked - cranes in the sunset
Camera not conked out – I just pressed the wrong knob by mistake
Two phone photos
Antique Austins near the Regency Cafe
Quota plants
A big panda (with stars in its eyes) at Victoria Station
Cantilevered Thameslink seats
Vinyl Empire
Two more leaning tower cranes
Monument dwarfed by Walkie-Talkie
Naughty old adverts in The Star
Tilbury (2): Pop faces on a footbridge
Christmas is coming
Leadenhall Market
The electricity meter man photos my electricity consumption with his mobile
EXCLUSIVE IT LIAN LOUNGE, DIN G & BEDROOM FUR ITURE
A recognisable Lancaster and a recognisable Vulcan
Maps!
Cranes and horses
Ashes to virtual Ashes
Fewer Big Things then
Brushing up my Shakespeare
A different sort of Remembrance photo
The face of a seagull
A Nelson photo of mine finds a new home
An imperfect posting (with a photo)
Two shiny windows
Quota hippo
Haunted!!
Nova diagonals revealed
Summer is a-gone away
A better photo of One Kemble Street
Hippos
The Waterloo crane cluster
Photoers last Sunday
Twentytwo
The leaning tower cranes of London
Solid light
Pont-Aven et ses environs
Pavlova is back
A good day
Bounty Bars for Alfie Saggs
Self storage is a strange expression
Nobody owns the paintings in the Leake Street Tunnel
The Boomerang nearly finished
Funny words – baffling words
Frollicking outside the Abbey (a decade ago)
Another reinforced concrete fighting to the death photo
Quota Roller
Quota dragon
More light on water
A busy day that never happened
Thumbnails
Un autre quota photo
An interruption ends
Photo by me of seventeen London bridges
Repairig the etters o y eyboard
Horse spotted in Putney this afternoon
New River bank
Chelsea crowds at Fulham Broadway
Pede Lorean
Taxi with tree
Dramatic sky over Brixton
Video cameras from yesteryear
Photoer photos at the top of the Walkie Talkie
Bromley-by-Bow tube to the Twelvetrees Crescent bridge
Eight
The Ghostbustours bus – old Routemasters – Boris buses – improved Boris buses
New London Bridge station roofs – and photos of them from the top of the Shard
Dissing the Walkie Talkie
Two Union Jacks
War Memorial outside Westminster Abbey
Kobelco excavator
The Wheel reflections and The Wheel juxtapositions (and a The Wheel postcard)
Maia Bouchier plays in the boys team
Surrey Docks Farm
DLR Big Thing sunset
Rugby v Marlborough at Lord’s today
Dr Salter’s imaginary cat statue
Multiple reflections of the Shard
Bad journey - good party
Tom Burroughes
A quota photo of the Shard with foliage and two ridiculous problems solved
Tattooed photoer
Photoers at the top of the Shard
Cathedral dwarfed by modernity
Two Seifert roof clutter clusters
On my need to photo dullness
While England were winning the World Cup I was photoing adolescent swans
The Store Street model of London is biased against south London
I don’t know whether it’s the weather or my camera
A new Clapham Junction Big Thing alignment
Transparent cube containing three spirit levels that goes where a flash would normally go
Quota cranes
A classic car and a modern classic car in Lower Marsh
Bright light on crane tower
Sculpture with greenery
Wimbledon screen captures
A selfie - and a building in it that I recognised
David Bowie dead – 2005 Ashes winners alive
Three dead screens
Quota photo on account of the heat
One Kemble Street and its roof clutter as seen from the ROH floating bar
Dots and photoers at the top of the Tate Extension
Two selfies
Beau Brummell and three smartphoners
X lights the spot
Quota photo of GD2’s Dad photoing The Laughing Halibut
A photo-session in Tate Modern
Food photoing
Quota wedding bus
Twiddly cameras – 2005-2007
Flypast photo
This story will run and run
Towering inferno
BMdotcom quote of the day (in three dimensional latin)
A recital by GodDaughter 2 at the Royal College of Music
Meanwhile in East London …
Prophetic graffiti?
Photos of Jamie Bartlett speaking to Libertarian Home last night
Crouching photoer at the top of the Tate Modern Extension
City peddlers etc.
Leake Street photoers
Westminster Bridge photoer 2014
Vapour trail shadow
Rubbish posting
Happiness and other survival techniques
Forth Bridge photo with a difference
London is being Benidormed
Barcelona photoers 2005
New Zealand at the ASI
Victoria chimney cluster
Spurs are in a hurry to get home again
Luxury
Burlington Arcade (with roof clutter)
Urban vision
London statues
Bronze Osbert Sitwell at the Tate
Incorporating the little orange light in the design
Around Tower Bridge – July 2014
Helen Szamuely’s funeral was today
The Walkie Talkie and its window cranes
When what I think it is determines how ugly or beautiful I feel it to be
Big Things with foreground clutter
Battersea Park bird
Colourful clothes in Cordings
2012 and 2016 times 2 – London on the rise
A picture of a book about pictures
To Tottenham (8): Zooming in on some Big Things
Quota bicycles
Another Capital Golf car
Battersea Power Station then and now and soon
Classic cars in Lower Marsh
A selfie being taken a decade ago
Gloucester Road with evening sun
Lea River footbridge
… but there were some cute lighting effects
The Limehouse Cut is boring to walk along …
Fish in Orchard Place
Rose red city
Window cleaning cranes in Victoria
Views from London Fields
The past and the future
Three Walkie Talkie photos
Friendly cat near Bow Roundabout
An array of yellow emoji key rings
Anti-BREXIT demo signs
Mark Pennington at the ASI
Misty (or polluted) at Canning Town
Slam City Skates in Covent Garden
Looking up in the City
Leake Street photo session
Beltane & Pop van parked on the South Bank yesterday afternoon
New River Walk
Spring in Islington
Photoing the faces of strangers (or in my case: not)
If Pugs could fly
Chronicle Tower and its roof (and window-cleaning crane)
I’m too knackered to tell you why I like this
Lost and found
Two sunsets and two London towers
Photoing last Friday’s Last Friday meeting
The outdoor map next to the Twelvetrees Crescent Bridge over the River Lea
The Robert Stephenson statue at Euston
Cruelty to a fake animal – kindness to a fake animal
Shopping Trolley Spiral beside the River Lea
An Underground sermon
An old person television set
Battersea from Clapham Junction
Some temporariness being immortalised
Pictures of James Tooley last night
Signs
A sign in a bus and the same sign malfunctioning
Men on Gherkin
To Tottenham (7): Building the new Spurs stadium
Up early – blogging early – elephant sculptures
I Love You Will U Marry Me
A snip at £7,499.99
A vintage photo
Always?
You wait for years and then two come along at once
Mosaic diversion
Quota coloured lights outside the Royal Festival Hall
Quota construction
Up on my roof - at Samizdata and here
Someone else has been tidying up too
Skull Shaver
Merry Christmas from the Pilot Store (and from me)
Home alone
Wheel reflections (again)
Me shadowing another photoer
To Tottenham (5): Shadows and reflections in the same place
Tottenham Court Road tube entrance next to Centre Point
Apple juices compared
Fog in Victoria
Man in suit and swimming cap
Fantastic Beasts has an alcove in W.H. Smith all to itself
Freddie’s Flowers white van
To Tottenham (4): Illuminated worker
3D printed jewellery by Lynne Maclachlan
When photoing with mobile phones began (and when I began photoing it)
To Tottenham (3): The Railwa
Trump makes headlines a year ago
Arthur Seldon Centenary photos
To Tottenham (2): Seven Sisters?
Early dusk
I am knackered
Packaging that is too good
To Tottenham (1): A fine day (especially for scaffolding)
Quota Citroen DS
One mobile phone photoer now
Clocking clocks
What indeed?
Stratford
Sunlight on sea
Views from Waterlow Park
Don’t be fooled by the smallness of the building
Creatures of outer London
London Bridge lit up (in 2006)
A rollerblader in 2006
The underneath of Tower Bridge
Remembering ten years ago
A dogs and cats building
Roof clutter on my roof and from my roof
A photo of nothing
An amateur photo of a pro
Bonfire
The Battersea Dogs and Cats Home light show
Smith versus Marx
The Spraycan bounced off the new US Embassy
Where shall I go tomorrow?
Happy Halloween
The painted word
Graffiti cat
Pavlova under wraps
Batman consults his smartphone
The art of taxi advertising
Snake on a car
A particularly good panoramic view of central London
Coastline politics at Samizdata
Wembley Arch lighting contrast
More birds on a TV aerial
Van – grey but very interesting
Another TV aerial
Cruise plays along
An enlarged Dinky Toy in Belgravia
Pigeons on a TV aerial
What does Thames “RIB” Experience mean?
Not a shot tower – no longer a pumping station tower
So shiny it looks fake
Waterloo Eurostar revamp begins
Quota thatched roof
The Dome and Tower Bridge aligned
I never thought that we could win
The wonderful things they’re doing with plastics nowadays
The Big Parliament Tower and the Shard as seen from the Westminster Cathedral Tower
Strand Palace Hotel footbridge
Harley Davidson - woman playing gramophone records
Wooden Citroens and black baby dolls
Brittany lighthouses
When the people are the Art
Ghost Bus
Cats don’t smile
Just the top of the BOT … but still instantly recognisable
Six dials at Seven Dials
Miguel aligns his message with his van
Another illustrated van
They’re back!
Photoing Tate Modern from the Oval and the Oval from Tate Modern
Pink van with roller-blading fox
Tate Modern is now fighting with its neighbours about privacy
A direct hit
Eltham horses (and a dog (I think))
Cyclists
Centre Point and surroundings as seen from the top of the Tate Modern Extension
David Hockney comes to Pimlico
Another Big Thing alignment
The Wembley Arch and The Wheel
A very good meeting - and a quota horse with quota cart
Views of Epsom and views from Epsom
Sunny Croydon
A day in BMdotcom heaven (5): My belated photo-tribute to Kumar Sangakkara
Quota Shard with quota cranes
There’s a spiral staircase inside the Testicle
Dernbach decisive again
Windows in bright light
When welfare means lavatories
Another place to photo London’s Big Things from
Another fine day at the Oval (4): Scoreboards old and new
Street dogs
Keeping their distance
Millenium Bridge with boats
Asian wedding photoshoot
More photos from last Friday
Scaffolding - covered up and then brightly lit
Another fine day at the Oval (3): A slightly different seat and a slightly different view
A lurid sunset
Quota Pavlova statue photo
Some more anonymous photographers from May of this year
Another fine day at the Oval (2): Jason Roy – and an extreme contrast
An A380 in Victoria Street
An allotment and two cats
Did the ghostly Blackfriars Bridge columns make the new station more buildable?
Another London Big Thing alignment
Shard and Walkie-Talkie from the top of the Cheesegrater
The hottest day of the year (5): Old Citroens in Roupell Street
The hottest day of the year (4): An antique view from Waterloo
The draw that turned out not to be
Ghostbusters sculpture advert at Waterloo Station
Spraycan with moon
Gherkin in splendid isolation
Bird – and bird close up
LIFE at the Park Theatre
London looking like Dubai
Photoers photoing the views from the Tate Modern Extension
Nelson statue in Greenwich
Views from the new Tate Modern Extension
A Docklands footbridge about to be put in its place
Temporary Oxford Street
The view from Docklands ten years ago
Photoers and railings
A pig and two dogs
The right moment and the right alignment
UCH footbridge
Are London’s cranes about to depart for a few years?
The new Tate Modern extension from inside Blackfriars Station
Brilliant Brian’s Last Friday talk
The Union Jack’s near death experience(s?)
Lions - Bears - Blackhawks
An electric car recharging itself in The Cut
WWWhite Van
A good morning
The new US Embassy – from my roof
A windy day
A decade of unrecognisable photographers
55 Broadway
The City from above
Brexit Kenny photos
Incoming horizontality from Simon Gibbs
Seven London bridges (again)
Face recognition – face disguise – the age of pseudo-omniscience
More South of France bridges
South of France signs
Keeping up appearances at One Palace Street
Goodbye PhotoCat – hello PhotoPad
A bridge in Narbonne
Bird takes off from a TV aerial
Benevolent Laissez-Faire photos
Vendredi
Horizontal French signs
A house in France that is not faceless
Safe cracks in an airplane window
Weather and weather
Why I photo postcards
My camera can see through a Ryanairplane window better than I can
Using your crane to protect your cement mixer
The view from the roof
White vans are becoming very informative
Pizza Express bus
The difference between roof clutter and roof clutter
Another photo for the traffic lights countdown set
Centre Point through the new station entrance
Keeping up appearances next to Centre Point
Looking in at the Zaha Hadid Design Gallery in Goswell Road
Van Art
LON DON
Happy couples
Another walk along the river
Some pyjama blogging
Sickness and sunset
Bard and Shard
What sort of duck is this?
Trees pruned into strange sculptures
A rubbish lorry posting
The footbridges of Shad
Spring
South Bank views
What I hope will be a better way to post clutches of photos here
South Bank Superheroes
Taking photo-notes and an app for improving photo-notes
The Waterloo Eurostar terminal is being revived
Cause and effect
A crane folds itself up
Pochards and Ibises
Blue van
Checked out: The Big Olympic Thing
Regent’s Canal creatures (and a photographer)
Today I am checking out the Big Olympic Thing
Another idea for a collection of photos
Losing the leaves in Victoria Park
Collecting footbridges
Brexit as a clash of pessimisms
Me and GD2 photoed in a mirror above us
Photo of Mountbatten on Sea Containers House
Recent taxis with adverts photos
Blog often (this time about the sound and the vision of this evening’s Tim Evans talk to LH)
Toegangsbeveiligingsproducten
Blog early
Barcelona owl
Pavlova sunset
Quota snappy snap
Out and about with GD1 (8): Non-human creature vans
Looking across Vincent Square
Big Ben bigger
Asking about the Southbank Mosaics Gallery and asking about London’s Big Things
Photoers on Westminster Bridge
Black Cat white van
Vans that need to look the part
Quota caption competition
White vans in Kentish Town
A busy day and a collection of Big Things
A still life and a cat cushion in Kentish Town
A good time of the year
148 to Burgess Park
A Big Thing and a Much Bigger Thing – on a not-black cab
Another way to photo my meetings
Quota Pavlova
The first Brian’s Friday of the year tomorrow evening
Walkie Talkie looking not that huge
Shard behind the Tower of London (reprise)
Big Things on Boris Bikes
Camera malfunction?
Orange coloured London
Zooming in on the workers
The Beckton Sewage Works
Blue sky
On the triumph of modernism in the kitchen
Dialogue
Abandoned (one-eyed) reindeer jumper
Street lamp and Strata lined up
With GD2 in Richmond Park (3): Scary names
Speeded up pedestrians
Cleaning lorry with blue Union Jack
Wrap artistry
Wicked Campers: Are they now going respectable?
Twelve 2015 photos
Holding the Wheel
Quota sculpture made of plastic milk bottles on the South Bank in 2012
Stick objects and my brother through a stick object
Borats!
With GD2 in Richmond Park (2): Deer
Some reindeer-based Christmas cheer from last year
Out and about with GD1 (7): Instead of using her Real Camera GD1 mostly iPhotoed
ShiRtstream drycleaners and a party recollection
Stormtrooper phones home?
Two mice and a cat on a Wicked Van
Loading problems
Wheel and shadow (and Wheel reflected)
Anonymous guys taking (and making) pictures in Trafalgar Square
White Vans are looking more and more like websites
On going ahead with a posting anyway even if I don’t have all the photos to hand that I would like
Food memories from the outer suburbs
Out and about with GD1 (6): The journey gets properly started
Screens at dusk
Cameras seeing red
For CAR’S read CARS
A rural roof where I did not expect it
Christmas is coming and you’d better watch out
Coloured lights in bottles outside the RFH
Avian Friday
New chairs
Four towers joined together by two bridges
Quota Bald Blokes and Big Ben
Less heat and more light
Couple photoing their own shadows
What is this iceStone device?
Filling in a Meaningless Triangle near Kensington High Street tube
A Morris Minor advertising a ping pong night club
The sexiest statue in London?
Rain on netting
Calories defined
Remembering the summer sun
Union Jack mirror in a Tottenham Court Road furniture shop
Stairs
18/07/2007 - 18:01-19:33
The view from my kitchen
Now I know what a Mews is
Hire Intelligence White Van
Corbyn – and an advert bus
Big house
Taxis with adverts
Man on horseback – and cranes
Richmond boat cat - giant video kitten - East End cat graffiti
Painting the bridges of Richmond
Strange light
Blokes photoing
An underground history lesson
England rugby and London soccer
Here begins the Essex Way
Glass Build white van
BT Tower with cranes
Shiny little Aston Martin
On packaging – and on the need to chuck it out
View of the footbridge - view from the footbridge
Crane on fire
I was photoing white vans in February 2007
Early thoughts on the Rugby World Cup
What’s this?
Marmite crisps are back!
Dark Satanic Millbank Tower
A day in BMdotcom heaven (4): A tale of two penultimate overs
A day in BMdotcom heaven (3): Adverts
Some quota reflected cranes and a quota white van
A day in BMdotcom heaven (2): Surrey v Notts was played in front of a live studio audience
Blog interrupted
Rainbow over Millbank
A day in BMdotcom heaven (1): One early picture
Green Park wedding photos
An old American car in Tottenham Court Road
London Biggin Hill “Jet Centre”?
Weird wide angle lens effect
Shiny little car
Brightly lit against a dark background
Big Ben through the legs of Gandhi statue in Parliament Square
A couple of old squares
A big Black Cab advert picture for a Samizdata posting
Designing and building with glass
Leaves
White van reflexology
Photoing down by the river
iPhone with added fish eye lens
Lady rickshaw driver
Londres
The light outside the Proud Archivist on the evening of July 22nd
Trois Citroens (et deux chevaux)
Sorry!  No Photo’s!
Fun stuff in Oxford Street
Where punctuation might have helped
Two photographers photoing me
Golden Cheesegrater with cranes
Interesting vehicles
Selfie sticks on sale – and a selfie stick in use
With GD2 in Richmond Park (1): Views of London
Lining things up behind the Royal Festival Hall
A blast from the photographic past
Credit where credit is due (in France)
Zorb football
Palestra House – then and now
May 2005 was my first big month for photoing photoers
Out and about with GD1 (5): Stoke Newington’s Amazing Castle
Photographers by the river
London dragon
Sunlight (selectively) on roof clutter
A smartphone wearing sunglasses
Out and about with GD1 (4): On the survival of professional photography
A man taking a Selfie before it was A Thing (and me taking a picture of him)
A rather argumentative van
Lots of photos of the camera man
The weather is too good
Angela’s Nails
Pancake White Van
Cannon Street Station at the end of the street
Smoke over west London
Moving speaker – unmoving listeners, video holder and books
Pavlova reflected in double glazing
Unusual bench?
Knackered
More keeping up of appearances
The Shard was looking very special today
Windsor Castle from the top of the RAF Memorial
Photoing old Dinky Toys in Englefield Green
Light
Smart face on smartphone
The selfie stick is a very useful piece of kit
A very distant and yet very good view of the Big Things of London
Church not dwarfed by anything
A posh white van and a not so posh white van
Two Lady covers
Big Thing alignments from the top of Westminster Cathedral
The new Wembley Stadium under construction plus a white van
Customer service
Two more Pavlova pictures
Tim Worstall on “reserves”
BMdotcom quotes of the day from Edward Snowden (and a picture of him)
Real Photographer - shame about the adverts
Ballerina and crane
Shard - Guys - Tate Modern - Blackfriars Bridge - photoed during Magic Hour
An interesting front page story
What is this weird plastic thing?
The view from outside Waterloo Station
Strange London buses
How Centre Point is looking just now
First test against NZ – first day
Blue sky
High hair
Hungerford Footbridges photographers
An alien robot playing the cymbals and paps
A photographer and an advert
Guy’s Hospital tower and Tate Modern tower
What are those things on her hands?
Ancient carved god spied in modern London
A forgotten war
Oh yes it could
A Shiny Thing and a friend also photoing it - with an iPhone
Along the river towards Battersea
Lovely light
More Big Olympic Thing photos
A Shiny Thing by Frank Stella Hon RA
Another from the archives
Big 4
Another quota sign
Magic clarified
Viewing the clutter at Centre Point
Made-up London detectives in real London places
Fantastic day
London is getting more colourful
CATable at the Building Centre
Photoing the old London model
The receiving station at Swains Lane (and the previous version of it)
BT Tower - trees without leaves - blue windows
Yet more photographers
Big Things in line (with pylon)
Click on the picture to get a different picture
Wheel behind trees
More White Vans
Quota scaffolding and quota roof clutter
A weird view of the Wheel - and cats in Tiger
White Vin Van
White Van
BT Tower behind trees
You don’t see this any more
Photoing the photoers on Westminster Bridge
Pavlova with a new building and a passing bus
The ROH bar and its floating-in-the-air drinkers
The view from Suicide Bridge
Big cat advert
Bizarre designer furniture in a Covent Garden window
Why quota photos?
Another from the I Just Like It directory
At the top of the Monument - in 2012 and in 2007
Is 2007 old enough?
Shadow photography (again)
The Leaning Stonehenge Tour Bus of Salisbury
True hearts and warm hands
Exit Caesar
Triple Chess and a Four Wheeled Pedal Board
Dancing
Talk went well - two (not really) quota photos
Views from Waterloo Bridge
Incidental Last Friday details
Move over CND
Photographers - photographers with hats (one of the hats being rather scary)
“Real Democracy Now” in Parliament Square this afternoon
Big cats jacket
Two pictures of the Shard behind some railings
Smartphones and tablets at the Charlie Hebdo demo
Sixty Charlie Hebdo demo signs that say something other than “Je Suis Charlie”
Charlie Hebdo demo in Trafalgar Square
A photographer from the I Just Like It directory
Some photographers last November
Posting difficulties so see you tomorrow
Cats in Quimper shops
Quimper and its Cathedral
French roof clutter
A French film poster advertising a British film
Christmas Day photos
Shop window
Two geese
Hirst’s Hymn outside the Tate Gallery
To Covent Garden (3): Cat that looks a bit like a dog
To Covent Garden (2): Rough roofs – smooth roof
Christmas tree with scaffolding
Santa’s tired helpers
To Covent Garden (1): The twisty footbridge
Cameras photoing the Wheel (in 2007)
Was Guy’s Tower a key building in the architectural history of London?
Photo-drone wars to come
A link and a photo of a photographer
Sign blocked by surveillance camera
My digital photos on his TV
ASI Christmas Party photos
Photoing at the ASI party
Quota roof clutter
At the ASI Christmas Party
In the City with Gus
To Tower Bridge: Shadow selfie – Peace memorial – Big Things old and new
Erith to London: On the recognisability of London’s Big Things
Scary bunny
Phone (and cash) box
The Poppies (4): Bald Blokes photoing them