Having arrived at Heathrow this morning on a red-eye from Lagos, and finding myself unable to check in to my hotel for several hours, I took to the streets like any other self-respecting homeless person, by which I mean no disrespect to actual homeless persons, it is of course no laughing matter.
I had two main goals, one was to find breakfast (which I did, and I must have looked particularly hungry as an additional slice of bacon was added to my bacon roll and coffee), and the other, that was to walk along the South Bank to the Tate Modern. My plan being to spend six hours or so in quiet artistic contemplation, before the hotel would throw open its portals (or at least activate a smart card) to me and my battered luggage.
I also had the foresight to bring my camera with me, my Fujifilm X100F, which has now has become my constant travelling companion.
I snapped away with no real focus, feeling grumpy with what I was doing. In part, because I have still not managed quite the transition, from my Nikon style which tends to be all about details and wide open apertures, to the rigours of a single 23mm (35mm full frame equivalent).
So, feeling just a little tired, and wondering why I was bothering at all, I received my inspiration. The normally crowded South Bank was relatively quiet, other than the various vans of all shapes and sixes that were setting out their wares for the oncoming tourist hordes.
I have not cropped any of the resulting images and in most cases took only one shot of each van, so I am afraid there are some irritating body parts and other extraneous items around the fringes, but I am on a mission to try and make the shot, not the edit count. I shot all the images raw and so I did play around a little in Lightroom CC with auto-tone, a little sharpening and an added shot of ‘punch’. To deal with the red-eye induced blurry vision, you will understand 😉
I did make it to the Tate Modern and, because they are such a photographer friendly museum, I applied the same shooting style, and post production technique, and later will post some of the images I made there.
Apparently,’Snoggers like it on top’, discuss?
Wahaca’s Food Truck, with what look like characters from an ancient video game lined up in front 😉
In this case, the early bird does not merely get the worm, she gets the whole brisket.
Ice cream with both a theatrical twist and a paint job similar to some hanging on the walls at the Tate Modern.
A juicy void.
Slice of Americana, d’you want fries with that?
This is what Postman Pat does, now he’s no longer famous on the TV.
I scream, you scream, we all scream.