I dozed off on the Piccadilly Line the other day and ended up on Holloway Road.
It’s still one of London’s finest streets.
I started growing some sweetpeas from seed by the window in the bathroom – and they seemed to like it there compared to the monsoon conditions outside.
I love the idea of a window garden, but it always seemed slightly ridiculous when you have an actual garden with a lawn and trees and fox poo. It seemed synonymous with Dalston Hipsters and annoying oversized bicycles on the Overground.
However the sweetpeas (which are now clearly dying) and the rain have changed my mind. Although those preposterous bikes on the train are still a pain in the arse.
Had a first stab at some time-lapse today – I think it may have been prompted by an anxiety about the changing seasons. Not sure.
I hooked up my Canon 550D (or Rebel t2i) to my laptop and used the EOS Utility driver as a remote control taking pictures at 5 second intervals. The camera was set to manual – afraid I can’t remember what the settings were.
I then stuggled a bit with the editing before discovering that you could make the video in QuickTime Pro7 by opening the photos as an image sequence.
You can also do a crude bit of colour correction with the filters when you export.
This is the first stab – monsterous buddliea outside my window
Couldn’t resist the classic cloud timelapse
I saw some of the brilliant photos from this book when Peter Marshall did a presentation at Invisible Cities. They really resonated with me as that was the year I first moved to London as a scruff-bag student.
Here’s the blurb for the book:
‘1989’ claims to be Chapter 1 of a book based on the notes made by the photographer on a walk through the streets of northeast London with a well-known author of ‘psycho-geographical’ works.
But the author is entirely fictional, and the notes, written in 2005, after his death and sixteen years after the pictures were taken are in part a gentle spoof on psycho-geography but more importantly a reflection on photography and the documentary process.
Peter Marshall has been photographing London since the 1970s and had his first one-person museum show more than 25 years ago. His work is in various collections including the Museum of London.
From 1999-2007 he became known around the world for his critical writing about photography as the ‘About.com’ Photography guide.
He set up his first web site in 1995 and has continued to have a high profile with web sites of his work on the ‘Lea Valley’, ‘London’s Industrial Heritage’, ‘The Buildings of London’ and ‘My London Diary’ as well as the ‘>Re:PHOTO’ blog.