WordPress alerted me to the fact that it’s 7 years since I started blogging – that means I stopped smoking all that time ago as what else was I to do with my hands other than write about it.

The best way to stop smoking is to carry wet matches.

Several blog manifestations later, today is as good as any to think about what kind of photography I wish to do versus what kind of photographer I am.

Being a city dweller, architecture and people and streets are my main subjects. I often look for the Lowryesque figures within the complexed angles of buildings.

“We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us,” Winston Churchill

As is evident by the above collaged diptych, I like the creative and fun aspects of photography, juxtaposing or superimposing two different times and places to create the one image.

Perhaps it’s sneaky but I hesitate to point the camera directly at people unless there is a spectacle (see yesterday’s bubble image) and so rear views or reflections are my kind of street photography

You are a mirror of yourself in others…Be the best reflection of yourself
Karen A. Baquiran

And as a bit of a loner, I like to photograph streets or alleys when there is that gap in pedestrians and suddenly a whole quiet descends

Silence about a thing just magnifies it ~ Tennessee Williams

I could go on about all the other fun things of photography I am trying out including ICM and blur, post camera work with Photoshop Mix. And whilst it is evident from the featured photo (top) that I have developed a liking for architectural geometrical upshots, I’m happiest in a rural environment. Meanwhile London compensates for that with all its rivers, parks and trees. And by way of celebration here are seven samples of all that – in colour too! –