My ambition to take a photograph to represent every square on the monopoly board has ramped up a notch in the last few weeks. I have managed to capture a few more images that I am pleased with. The problem now though, is that I am left with the more challenging locations.
Trafalgar Square had been annoying me for quite some time. I regularly walk past it, and have never yet got anything more than a tourist shot, normally in bad light. My luck was better this time, the sun was out and the commuters were very obliging by walking in such a way as to be evenly spaced and in very pleasing sets of three. Having said that, it's a nice shot, but one that is taken quite often, inspired by the great shot by the lovely Brian Lloyd Duckett, so I may need to have another attempt. It will do for now though.
On my way to Trafalgar Square I decided to walk along Victoria Embankment and stumbled across New Scotland Yard. Outside is a statue of Sir Robert Peel who is considered the father of Modern Policing. I liked the reflection of the London Eye, as if he were watching over the city. I decided this would make a nice "Go To Jail" photograph.
Next I headed down Pall Mall, where I failed miserably to find anything interesting to photograph. I then strolled along Piccadilly towards Park Lane and Mayfair. Park Lane, it transpires, is a six lane thoroughfare, with Hyde Park on one side, and a bunch of very expensive hotels, car showrooms, estate agents, and a petrol station on the other. I saw a very nice collection of supercars parked outside The Dorchester Hotel, but took one look at security and decided I wouldn't push my luck by attempting to photograph them. I walked the entire length of Park Lane feeling increasingly despondent. I hadn't taken a shot in over an hour... Then I spotted this which I thought represented the image of Park Lane very well indeed...
Mayfair is an area, not a street, so plenty of options to roam around. I was struggling a little bit as it was very, very quiet, not much happening at all. I then found The Royal Arcade, and the light was beautiful, so that ticked Mayfair off the list.
By this time I was thirsty so headed back in the direction of Oxford Street to find sustenance. I went passed the old US embassy, and through Berkeley Square, where sadly there were no nightingales, and only roadworks.
Oxford Street has many, many big shops, and not a lot else. So I was pleased with this slightly abstract shot of a bus passing by with the Oxford Tube Station sign in the background. It was a split second shot taken as I was waiting to cross the road. I rather like the reflections and layers as you can see through the bus to the other side of the street. I captures the rather manic vibe of the area.
Finally we have Leicster Square. there is a lovely little park in the centre with a statue of William Shakespeare and a handy fountain to play in when on a school trip...