A London Photowalk, not to be missed. Probably the best photowalk ever - even better than the last best photowalk ever........Once again lots of different things to photograph and a chance to see an area that is a bit off the beaten track but well worth discovering.
COST: £1 each person please, payable on the day to cover meetup and organisational costs.
We're going to meetup at 10.30 am and set off at 10.45 sharp. We'll meetup at the front of King's Cross under the clock and then have 20 mins or so to photograph both the outside and inside of this magnificent station. The lattice roof is amazing and those who photograph the most famous platform get extra brownie points!! (9 3/4)!!
We'll then set off along the Euston Road in a west direction, past the British Library, the New St Pancras Church to Euston station and then head up past Mornington Crescent (if anyone knows how to play the game that would be great....and even better if some don't know how to play it!!!). We'll pass the wondeful art deco Black Cat cigarette factory........
Heading north we'll walk through Camden until we reach the lock. Next to this is the famous market and we can spend an hour here in small groups to photograph the punters and the colourful stalls as well as grabbing some sustinence.
We'll agree a post lunch meetup time and place and then we'll walk east along the Regent's Canal.....- remember TV AM? - the eggs??
We'll walk past St Pancras Basin and visit the wonderful Old St Pancras church and gardens in which Thomas Hardy has his own tree in memory and you can see the old scarey St Pancras Hospital, and then on to Granary Square which is a part of the major redevelopment of the King's Cross site - try dodging the fountains - 1080 separate choreographed water jets..........., and then as far as Battlebridge Basin where the London Canal Museum is - for those who like boats!! It's then a short walk back to King's Cross....maybe a pub before heading home.
TIPS AND TRIVIA:
• This will be a long day so please be prepared and bring water, sensible shoes, sunscreen, hat and brolly if it rains.
• Please come whatever your experience or whatever type of camera you have. It is a great opportunity to learn from each other, so if you want help then please ask.
• King's Cross station was originally opened in 1852. The station was used by the Flying Scotsman and also the engine 'Mallard' which holds the world fastest steam engine record. It is also the station which will allow you to travel to Hogwarts - if you can find the right platform.
• There are several markets at Camden, the biggest of which is at Camden Lock. This is renowned for its wide range of foods and also crafts and in the past clothes - I bought my first second hand pair of 501's here.....nice!
• The Regent's Canal is 8.5 miles long and connects the Grand Union Canal at Paddington Basin to the Thames at Limehouse Basin. The canal formed part of a major redevelopment of the area around Regent's Park, which was designed by John Nash who also designed the main part of Buckingham Palace, the Royal Pavilion, Brighton and the many houses around Regent's Park.
• As we walk along Euston Road, on our left we'll pass St Pancras Church, also known as the New Church as it replaced the Old Church which we will pass later in the walk.
• Near to Mornington Crescent is the magnificent art-deco Carreras Black Cat cigarette factory, with its bronze cats guarding the entrance.
• Hopefully we can have a game of Mornington Crescent on our way round - please read the rules before coming by clicking: HERE
• We'll also visit Gasholder Park - an iconic part of the King's Cross vista was the victorian gasholder No.8 - which was dismantled and then moved and rebuilt to form a beautiful green park area next to the canal with surrounding appartments.
• What makes a good photograph? - Yes all the technical stuff about focus, depth of field, aperture, speed, ISO etc etc etc.....but even if we know all about that (or not), we need a good eye to get that perfect shot...so I'd like us all to think as we walk around and share with each other what we see and what we want our pictures to look like and what we want the viewer to see!! The picture could be visually appealing - loads of opportunities with the city landscapes, or it might tell a story - eg pictures that depict life, or a scene in time.... - whatever let's talk about it and share!! - So the challenge is 'That Perfect Shot'.
• I was going to kill off the Alphabet Word, but I have received so much correspondence requesting that we retain it, that I am setting an Alphabet Challenge today....... It's 'REGENT' Good luck.
SO this should be a great day out - lots of new things and places to see and photograph, and good company and sharing thoughts and tips on the way. See you all there.
Remember all are welcome - whatever your experience and whatever camera you have.
Click HERE for map of route.
St Pancras Hospital