Productive weekend this weekend with lots of plans made and a quick photo tour of a tiny percentage of London. Little Venice in the rain Portabello Road Market, and a whistle stop tour of Kensington Gardens. Doesn’t sound like much but it was a fun day and has run spurred me on for the first of many trips in August/September.
Saturday started at just after ten with breakfast/ brunch and after that we made our way to Little Venice. We, in this context, is me and my housemate Alicia.
I hadn’t heard of Little Venice until probably a week ago at which point my MeetUp feed randomly became full of photography tours around Little Venice. If my life wasn’t so boring I’d swear it was the Truman Show.
The rain was on and off which proved for a mix of shots. Some good ones were spoilt by water on the lens which I need to find a solution for. The canal at the the top end towards Paddington was full of algae. It looked as though the canal had been replaced with a weird art exhibit. That green though was fantastic and some of the shots really capture how eerily fantastic it was.
Skate Parks & Graffiti
It’s unusual how graffiti takes on different meaning depending on the context of where it is and how you think it has been done. Sloppily scrawled ‘Dan was ere 2k17!’ is a great example of a theoretical arsehole named Dan is overcompensating for his small intellect and even smaller…..hands.
The video below shows how beautiful graffiti can be when part of something larger. These tags aren’t some orchestrated artwork they have grown organically over time. Skate Parks seem to attract this weird collaboration of people who may never meet but make something truly amazing.
The graffiti at Meanwhile Gardens has developed over time and came about probably with little for thought of it’s implications. Other graffiti is very intentional and planned. Like ‘MAN!’ which can be seen in the gallery. I have no idea what the, let’s go with, artist wanted to convey. It definitely makes some sort of statement though.
Portabello Road Market
The random downpours that has been an annoyance for me in the morning turned into less annoying random drizzle by the early afternoon. By this point after rummaging through several antiques and oddities shops we made our way to Portabello Road.
When we first arrived it looked dead. The traders packing up for the day and very few people interested in their wares. It was at this point we came across a wall filled with some unique sketchwork as part of an art installation. My favourite two images from that are in the gallery.
As we followed the road on it slowly got busier and more crowded until we were in the heart of the market. The food, smells and sounds reminded me why I’d moved to London, apart from the obvious crippling heartache. Every stall was slightly different and every seller sold in a different way.
After a good hour of meandering we found our self with Tim Morris, a local artist, who showed us around his stall and shared stories with each painting. I left Tim £40 lighter after buying one of his works which, once framed, I’ll share with you.
We also came across an artist who was doing some live painting:
Kensington Palace and Gardens
The sun has emerged shortly after we emerged from the hustle and bustle of the market. The next place we decided to go was Kensington so we grabbed some drinks, I grabbed a Calippo, and we were off. The walk there was a bit uninspiring. There were a few instances of interesting architecture but all in all it was full.
Kensington Gardens, however, was a relative oasis of calm in amongst the hustle and bustle of London. Quite the opposite of the market we had been in an hour before. There’s not much I can say about my time there as I was mostly sat staring at the lake, watching the geese paddle about. I did get a nice moody shot before heading home though.
….I must start remembering to put these on the official TLR instagram and not my own.