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Regeneration III: Figurine

As I said in the first post of this series, the area I walked through on my photo-walk in London has a colourful history, so I have decided to introduce some colour into the series. In fact, the sequence I have lined up is an alternating series of colour and monochrome images.

Contrary to the impression the nearby ultra-modern Shard building might suggest, the streets in the area are not very modern looking at all. In fact, some parts of them are quite run down and dilapidated, but around every corner there is some development going on. The effect was that I felt like I was constantly walking through different places and different histories. I felt that around every corner was a new curiosity to discover.

Down a very quiet side street I stumbled upon this figurine off to the side of…wait for it…The Catholic Church of the Most Precious Blood. What a name! Anyway, with the very busy and noisy Southwark Street visible through the overpass, I really loved the feeling of sanctuary and calm this little corner of the church provided.

I tried to capture some of this contrast with the camera and, though I’m not entirely happy with the result, I though it an interesting enough image to share.

Incidentally, this church was founded in 1891, the same year construction started on my home! Also, you can visit the location virtually on Google Street View.

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4 Comments

  1. Doug Hickok says:

    Yeah, I’ll be the first today! I love these kind of images, where there is a sense of there being two images side by side. The first is the colorful vignette of the lovely shrine. The second is the archway framing the walkers who seem ready to depart an old world setting and emerge into a more contemporary one. Fantastic dichotomy and composition Adrian!

  2. Focales says:

    It is really very surprising that to cross this type of statue of the Virgin Mary in a hidden recess of a street. Seen well!

  3. george says:

    All too often, ‘street photography’ is just capturing the moment with scant regard for composition. This is superb – and illustrates how it should be done.

    P.S. Adrian, if you want to see some more take a look at Stanley Kubrick’s beautifully composed pics of 1940s New York street life at http://twistedsifter.com/2011/12/stanley-kubricks-new-york-photos-1940s/

  4. CrashRyan says:

    gotta love the hidden details in some towns …

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