Monthly Archives: December 2013

Weekend in Seville

Elderly Sevillians are very stylish and deceptively strong so it was no surprise when a shoeshine merchant told me my brogues were a disgrace. I tried to explain I’d been walking for miles but my Spanish is worse than my polish(ing).

On my travels I saw beautiful light, wonderful typography, all kinds of street art, dogs in shoes, football with oranges, lightning-fast lizards and the most leisurely police chase ever.

The illegal balloon merchant visibly deflated as his goods were confiscated but he perked up as he shouted a warning to an unsuspecting colleague approaching down an alley. He promptly took off in the opposite direction at a helium-restricted 3 mph.

It pays to be discreet when your pictures make a man with a gun look silly.


The Number 25

A few more from practicing with the new digital compact. I’ve now worked out how to show the focus point in the optical viewfinder but still can’t see if the subject’s sharp or not until I check the file. It is progress I suppose, but no doubt the battery will expire even sooner.

I took these yesterday, when London had quite a bit of really bright, low sun burning through the mist. I shot a few from bus windows travelling down the Kingsland Road in Hackney and more on foot as I walked from Spitalfields to Soho through The City.

The girl with no shoes was a good start and I and I always stop if I see bomb damage from The Blitz (or a dog on a bike). Oxford Circus at dusk is usually impressive and I was lucky with the bus heading towards it as I think about pictures for our Christmas card.