An ?L? of a choice


Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

I enjoy every image I take: I hope you'll enjoy looking at them.
...Read More

An “L” of a choice

3 Apr 2020 9:03AM   Views : 364 Unique : 242


I hadn’t got a specific idea what my photographic “L” would be. I wondered about low-key, light meters (I’ve just rediscovered my 1969 Johnsons of Hendon Photographic Diary, with the built-in exposure calculator)…

And then, I thought of a Location. London.

I come from another L-place, Lichfield, sharing my birthplace with Samuel Johnson, who produced the first dictionary – and a memorable saying or two. He was right about cucumbers, and he’s right with this – ‘If a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.’

I love visiting London – it reminds me why I live in the provinces, where on an ordinary, busy day, there are seats on public transport. And it’s also fascinating, with more different things going on, more moods and faces than just about anywhere else. The ultimate multicultural, mongrel city.

At the moment, not a great place to be, I know. But when normality returns – when, not if – I want to go back yet again – to combine seeing a model or two who I want to photograph again with some street photography, maybe a little bit of architectural shooting – not forgetting a little landscape toggery in one of the big parks…

If you have friends or relatives there, visit: if not, find a cheap chain hotel somewhere interesting – we spend two or three nights within walking distance of Kew Gardens for the sort of money you’d pay to be on the outskirts of Maidstone. Even parking a car there was affordable.

Catch the Underground, book a river trip down to Greenwich, walk a lot. Maybe try one of the open-topped (should I say topless?) tour buses.

And make plans beyond lockdown!


Recent blogs by dudler

Focus scales

If you’ve been taking pictures since before autofocus arrived, you’ll be very familiar with focus scales – they are one of the primary controls on an old-school camera, and just one more of the things that you really needed to get right. With autof...

Posted: 27 Dec 2022 7:01AM

Porcelain processing

People commented on the look in my last post and it seems like a good idea to share the secrets for Christmas. I learned the technique several years ago: a model’s boyfriend told me about it, and a website that described it in detail: I tried it, l...

Posted: 23 Dec 2022 10:47AM

You develop your own films don’t you?

If you have your own darkroom, or if you use film cameras regularly, there are always a few people who mention the attic. As in ‘Grandpa’s cameras are in the attic. I don’t even know if they have film in them!’ This leads me to ask if I can have a l...

Posted: 16 Aug 2022 11:17AM

Choose your pond

There’s an old saying about being a big fish and a little pond. Do you want to be the most important person in a small organisation, or are you content being a relatively small cog in a big machine? It’s the same in photography. With relatively mo...

Posted: 3 Jun 2022 2:25PM

Graduated filters

This is for Hannah, and anyone else who has come across the casual way that a lot of togs talk about one or two types of filter that landscaper photographers use a lot: graduated filters and neutral density filters. A graduated filter is one that i...

Posted: 25 Apr 2022 12:18PM


mistere Avatar
mistere Plus
10 38 8 England
3 Apr 2020 6:06PM
Been there a few times, never really been that impressed. Crowded, overpriced and everyone's always in a
rush to be somewhere else. I suppose it's an acquired taste. One I haven't got yet.
Although there's a recent addition that's given me a very good reason to visit. Smile

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join for free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.