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Posted on July 11, 2017 by Sioux under General
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I had a full week’s break between jobs and decided to go back-to-basics and do something I have never done – a photography course. The info I gained was well worth the time and money, as there were still areas of photography I was battling with.

                                                                            Our first stop was the large bronze statue of the ‘Unknown 

                                                                            Artist’. A plaque on the statue’s large plinth reads “Non 

                                                               Plaudite, Modo Pecuniam Jacite”, which translates from Latin as “Don’t Applaud, Just Throw Money”. At least 6m high, the massive statue looks like any other bronze sculpture until someone, knowingly or not, strikes a pose in view of its hidden built-in camera. The loose fitting suit and neck scarf flutter in the wind, and if the camera catches someone posing in front of it, the animatronic statue tries to imitate that person. Paintbrush in hand, the statue has a few standard poses, but its main purpose is to respond to the public. It has been “dialoguing” with curious passers-by near the Tate Modern building in London’s Bankside since 2007. 

Once the lectures were done, we went walk about in central London, lecturer in tow. The idea was to look for ‘something different’ to test our new found photographic skills. Lines and angles; colours and contrasts; proportions – large or small; reflections and shadows; moving or stationary. I reckon I got a good variety! A lot of the images I took made for fab B&W’s – which is one of my ‘problem areas’. 

From there we walked through the gardens, bypassing a green grocer’s – I couldn’t resist all the bright colours of the vegetables for sale! 

Once ‘school’ was out for the day, I met up with my niece, who had done a different photography course at the same venue, and we went for dinner and then a stroll about.


Legs tired and all photo’d out, we headed back to her home.


All in all, a fabulous day out! 

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Our final destination was the

Thames and the Millennium Bridge, as there

is always so much going on there and the lecturer     wanted us to practice photographing ‘movement’ with static backgrounds.

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We headed over to the Tate Modern, where I spotted a “moisture sprayer” being operated – plenty of fabulous opportunities for photos! 


I love the genre of ‘street photography’; as each image is a story within itself!

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An impromptu photo of yours truly, taken by my very talented niece!


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One response to “School’s out – let’s go play!”

  1. Michelle Wallace says:

    Awesome, and looking great!

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