Monday, 10 November 2014
A Shot in the dark
The clocks going back an hour has made things a little more difficult. since it is dark before I finish work. Some locations lend themselves to (hand held) night photography, but others are impossible. This post has some images from my first shoot in the evening since the clocks changed.
The first image is from Change Alley, which is one of several alleys between Cornhill and Lombard Street. At first glance on the map it would seem to be at least 3 different streets, which makes up for some of the many streets that I have found to not be on the maps at all.
Parallel to here is Pope's Head Alley, named after the Pope's Head Tavern which stood here from 1465 till at least the 18th Century. During the reformation the inn was renamed the Bishops Head, before changing its name back again.
Down past the Bank of England, and at No. 1 Poultry, there is an alley connecting Poultry with Queen Victoria Street called Bucklersbury Passage. Unlike the passage there are some interesting facts about No.1 Poultry; It features a rooftop restaurant and garden which can be seen in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012 when James Bond escorts the queen from Buckingham Palace to the Ceremony by helicopter. It also seems to be a popular place to commit suicide with four fatalities in recent years.
The last shot from this particular evening is one of those that presented a dilemma as to which street it belongs. It was taken on the junction of Queen Street and Cheapside; I was standing on Queen Street but the image shows more of Cheapside. Not quite realising at the time how long Queen Street was, I made the executive decision that there were possibly more photographic opportunities on Cheapside, and therefore I would count this as Queen Street.
A couple of days later I left early for work, got the tube to Bank and tackled a few more of the alleys and streets off Cornhill. First was Cowper's Court of which there is not too much to say.
Turning left here and a bit further along Birchin Lane is Castle Court a lovely little alley, where at number 3 stands the George and Vulture Inn; Chaucer and Dick Whittington are said to have frequented, and Charles Dickens may well have done as it is referred to in the Pickwick Papers.
One of the streets connecting Cornhill with Threadneedle Street is Royal Exchange Buildings. It is a pedestrianised street at the rear of the Royal Exchange. The image below shows one of the twenty or so BT telephone boxes from around the country that were painted green in 2013 to commemorate sixty years since the Samaritans were formed.
A bit further up Cornhill is Sun Court, a small courtyard, most of which fits in the image below.
On another evening after work I managed to photograph a few more streets before heading home. The image below is of Poultry, which later turns into the much longer Cheapside. The image shows No.1 Poultry in the background mentioned earlier in this post.
A bit further along from here and on the right is Old Jewry, named after Jewish immigrants who populated the area after encouragement from William the Conqueror.
As mentioned above Poultry turns into Cheapside, a much longer street. The image below was take outside some shops fairly close to St. Paul's Cathedral.
And that is my final image of this post and also of October, which means I am almost (but not quite) up to date with my blogging. Below is the updated progress map.