One of the things that I’ve noticed over the last 14 months or so that I’ve been working on this project, is that some tourist hotspots seem to insight a sort of photographic frenzy, with people queuing up to take pictures from the same spot or of the same thing: Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square seem to have this effect. Others seem to baffle people photographically, they seem unsure of how to shoot it or what to shoot: The Tower of London falls into this category.
On this occasion, I only skirted round the outside, so there may have been more of a frenzy inside, but the photographers I saw who were walking around the walls, seemed quite subdued. I took a fun sequence of a young couple who were shooting a sequence of selfies, pulling faces and posing..
From this sequence I chose a shot of the man sticking his tongue out like an All Black in a haka. I can’t tell whether she’s shocked, resigned or amused.
Despite the slow pace of the tourist’s photography, it was a productive session and I got some pleasing shots of people posing with the bridge, some close-ups with screens showing the Bridge and some good group poses.
I particularly like the shot with young people looking at the Polaroid they’ve just shot: it reminds me of a shot by Thomas Consilvio that I wrote about last week- although when took the picture, I’d not seen his work… honest…
My favourite shot of the day, was this lady, posing by the lampost: she seems a little shy to be posing in front of such a famous view and she’s crammed herself into a space by the lamp and is trying to blend in….