Highgate East Cemetery; Photographer's guided walk in a Victorian Treasure

Time of Meetup : 12 pm PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CLOCKS GO FORWARD THIS SUNDAY SO WE LOSE AN HOUR !! ( What was 11 will now be 12 ) we meet outside the front gates of the East Ceme

Enjoy a Photographer's Walking Historical & Cultural Guided Tour of Highgate East Cemetery & it's nature reserve: The Early Spring  Season.A guided tour from a photographer's perspective, - the tour is fully guided so that whilst taking you significant grave locations , you have time to set up your shots as well as learn about the lives of the many remarkable people who rest in the Cemetary, along with the history of the cemetery in the context of London & see hopefully the foxes, squirrels, woodpeckers & resident cat ! 

Teaching: All levels of experience are welcome, those who would like extra help I will  be very happy to help as usual, we will have plenty of time for setting up shots & taking in the special atmosphere.

Cost: £10 each - Includes Entry to Cemetery.

Please check out the photo album to really get a flavour of the amazing location & photographic opportunities. Spring is here, new life, new fauna, activity - hopefully soft light - an atmospheric setting for an afternoon spent photographing this exceptionally atmospheric Victorian cemetery - probably the most famous in England.  It is designated Grade I on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England with 53,000 graves & a nature reserve.                                                                                                                                 The attraction is not only that Karl Marx, George Elliot or Douglas Adams, Malcolm Mc Claren along with a host of other remarkable people..  but also the abundance of ornate & distinctive sculptures, headstones that nestle in the natural greenery, rather like " an in between" twilight world... 

For photographers, the place is truly an absolute gift - your creative juices can run wild - black & white, vintage - fabulous compositions - variety of lighting - it's all there " for the taking " . Imagine cloudy or flat light, perhaps some sunlight,  against the contrasting  grey marbles & granite, within the autumnal greenery.. We are already thinking about opportunities for working in low light, playing with contrasts & saturation,  bw, sepia, vintage...  

Meeting Place : I suggest that we meet outside the entrance to Highgate East Cemetery, on Swaines Laine at 12.00 pm.  this should give us plenty of time & then The Ancient Flask Pub is a short walk away. 

 The Photographer's Tour : The East cemetery is a large winding nature reserve, with foxes, squirrels & woodpeckers living amongst the graves, a maze of  footpaths in a gentle forest.

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Level: Diverse all levels of experience welcome.

Although this is not a teaching session per se as the group is mixed in experience, i will be happy to help beginners & those who would like input.  

Transport - getting there : There is plenty of parking for cars all the way up the hill on a Sunday which is free or if you are coming by  public transport - by train take the tube to Archway & then either  walk from Archway to the cemetery is about 20 minutes on foot up Highgate Hill, or take one of three buses 210, 143,271 from the Highgate Hill bus stop - then it's two stops to Waterlow Park It’s then a very pleasant five minute stroll through Waterlow Park to the Cemetery gates.                                                                                                                                                                       

* Still photography of graves is allowed for personal use only. No tripods or video are permitted.

Following the cemetery tour, if time allows - for those who would like to do so, we can walk up through scenic Highgate to the historic Flask Pub - one of London's oldest dating back to 1663, which is full of character, the odd ghost & more stories.. & more photographic opportunities..  

Numbers are limited to a maximum of 25 people, so please book now to ensure your place & avoid disappointment. We will run this tour again for those who cannot get on the list this time. 

Please note: 

* Winter is upon us & the tour will take place even if it's raining, the paths are  sometimes muddy so please do wear warm clothing,  appropriate footwear & bring a hood for your cameras !

* There's no cafe within the cemetery so you may want to bring a snack/drink with you with your gear, as we will be walking for a good while before going to The Flask Pub in Highgate.   

* The tour price of £10 includes Cemetery entry fee into the East Cemetery. (The tour doesn't include the West Cemetery which is a separate area & separately charged by the Cemetery) . 

*The cemetery is located on both sides of Swain's Lane in HighgateN6, The main gate is located just north of Oakshott Avenue.The nearest transport link is Archway tube station.

The Flask Pub - where we'll have a good warm up afterwards :) !

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful tour around Highgate cemetery! Thanks again Jude!

    1 · March 30

    • JUDE

      So glad you had a good time & thank you for coming - was lovely to see you :)

      March 31

  • Tiranth

    What a nice day out! Brilliantly run walk and lots of information on the 'residents' from Jude. Thanks for the help and tips along the way and later in the pub! Highly recommend.

    1 · March 30

    • JUDE

      Thank you - what kind comments - i am glad you enjoyed the tour i had a great time too & really it was a lovely group of people & interesting looking at each others pics in the pub later. See you soon. !

      March 31

  • Susan C.

    Very enjoyable tour, Highgate Cemetery is such an interesting place to visit and photograph. Thanks Jude.

    1 · March 30

    • JUDE

      Susan, lovely to see you again & glad you enjoyed the tour, i liked your photos some lovely capturees - thank you for coming :) !

      March 31

  • Daniel

    Jude, Thank you for this wonderful guided photography walk around Highgate Cemetery East. I've enjoyed it very...very much, especially because you're such a great storyteller and invested a considerable amount of time to research the "residents". Last but not least a nice group of photographers. Please feel free to provide feedback on my photos that I'm going to upload.

    1 · March 30

    • JUDE

      Daniel thank you for your very kind feedback & also your comments on photos - it's good to have input :) I thought your photos were very interesting ,i liked the geometric take :)

      1 · March 31

  • Rocky

    i m new in london and beginner in photography . . . really want to improve myself with good photographers

    March 30

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm just at the bus stop now, about to walk through the park.

    March 30

  • A former member
    A former member

    Engineering works! Alas wont be able to make it.

    March 29, 2014

    • JUDE

      No worries hope you can come on the next tour all walking tours are repeated regularly.

      March 29, 2014

  • Rocky

    love traveling

    1 · March 22, 2014

  • chia

    I always wanted to take some shots there

    1 · March 21, 2014

  • Katrina B.

    Looking forward to this! I've always wanted to see Highgate and I get to use my DSLR. :-)

    1 · February 1, 2014

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