I’ve always loved canals. Once a major industrial thoroughfare they wend their way effortlessly from wide open spaces into urban concrete jungles. But the great thing is that wherever you are, take a few steps off the beaten track and onto the towpath and you’re in a whole other world – peaceful, tranquil and full of timeless character. A recent stay in London really revealed that contrast. I was chiefly there for work and meetings but took a day out to explore with my friend Amanda and ended up walking miles, following the canal from Little Venice into the city. It was another good opportunity to use my lens baby, and the distortion the delivers added a kind of dream like quality to the resultant pictures.
Warwick Avenue is full of perfect properties and similarly the local waterways are populated with quirky narrow boats in their own colourful, cheek-by-jowl community, hence the Venetian reference. Pausing for coffee along the way we came across this ‘things to do before you die’ invitation. I didn’t write anything but it made me think.
The sun was warming but the spring wind still chilly as we moved on past the high rise boundary to London Zoo…
…then on to crowded Camden Lock, and the market with its flotsam and jetsam array of stalls including a fabulous one with all kinds of old school cameras.
Final pictures are from the newly developed Kings Cross and St Pancras which I really liked. In the end we walked miles and experienced London in a completely new way. All in all then, a successful trip to the big smoke and a really great day. In fact I’d recommend it on that list we talked about earlier….