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Thursday December 24 2015

Yes indeed, this is posting number seven - seven - about a walk that G(od)D(aughter) One and I did, in June of this year.  Is this Proustian attention to detail?  Or is it just travel boring on an epic scale?  If you think the latter, the titles of such postings as this one will chase you away.  You are not sitting in my living room.  I would love it if you did read this posting, and if you did click on all of the photos below and if, having done that, you enjoyed them all.  But this is a blog, not a kidnapping.

For those still sitting attentively on this blog’s metaphorical sofa, first: thank you for you continuing kind attention; and: the central point of this posting is that not only are Humans now using smartphones to take photos, on an epic scale.  So too are Real Photographers.

GD1 is a very Real Photographer indeed.  She does Real Photography for a living.  GD1 had her Real Camera with her for the day, yet for a number of reasons she spent most of our walk that day taking photos not with her big Real Camera, but with her iPhone.  I vaguely recall that her Real Camera had not been sufficiently recharged, but I may be imagining that.  Or she was wanting to send photos to friends as only iPhones and iPhone-like cameras can do.  Or perhaps she was just curious to see how good iPhotos are capable of being.  Or maybe she just wanted a change, on this day out, from her day job.  Whatever her reasons were, as my photos of her show, she spent most of the day iPhotoing, rather than Real Photoing.  I think that’s a very interesting sign of the times.

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Photo 1.1 sets the tone of these photos by concealing GD1’s face, in this case with an iBag.  I never tire of taking such photos, usually of strangers, but also of friends upon whom I do not wish to inflict face-recognition angst.

In 1.2 we observe GD1 photoing London’s Big Things.  I don’t know if I have influenced her at all in this matter.  Maybe.

Photos 1.2, 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 show her doing something that has definitely influenced me, which is photoing inconsequential objects to create consequential photographic effects.  1.2 and 2.1 both involve water, which is a particular source of photographic effects of the sort that the eye seems programmed not to see when looking at actual water, only when looking at photos of water.  This does much to explain GD1’s liking for walking beside canals, which I definitely share, but for rather different reasons.

Mirrors (2.2 and 2.3) are another source of photographic effect.  I too like mirrors, because they enable me to include me in my pictures.  Which I like to do from time to time, because it drives home the point that I am not and will never be a Real Photographer.  (Real Photographers only photo themselves by mistake.) Sadly, I could find no photos of GD1 photoing bits of mirror, with me reflected in any of the bits.  Must try harder.

3.1: a swan family (I think maybe this is the iPhone influencing her – this would be too cute, I think, for her Real Camera).  3.2: gasometer.

In 3.3 we have arrived at our final destination, Alexandra Palace, from which Big Things can be seen.  So I photo the Big Things, and she iPhotos Alexandra Palace.

Will there be further postings featuring photos taken by me on this journey?  I promise nothing, but … almost certainly yes.

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