I was heading South of the river (Thames) to Lewisham. Rather than getting public transport via the DLR, I thought I could walk and make it into a photo walk. This is an example of trying to get photography into my everyday life enabling me to take more photos. The walk would take me along Crisp Street Market, through the Isle of Dogs, under the river via the Greenwich Foot Tunnel, then onto Greenwich and up the hill to Blackheath.
I thought of a theme, ‘Broken’. Could I find enough broken images? It would be a good test of my eye to see what I thought was broken and then make the relevant photo.
So as before I set my camera in P mode, using ISO400 and put the White Balance at Cloudy.
To start with it was difficult to find anything that resembled ‘broken’, where was the broken glass that I was expecting to find?
I felt some things were too easy to capture such as curbs, concrete and lettering. But the more I walked the more my eye was in the zone and ‘broken’ was all round.
After walking for an hour and a half I had reached SE13. During the walk I made 32 photos. Its not many photos at all, but I was quite happy as I kept to the theme and looked for things that I hadn’t looked for before. I think I will definitely revisit this theme to build on the images and see where it takes me. Each theme its own little project, its a case of making enough quality images that really tell the Broken story.
Shooting a theme each time I go out now is making me increasingly aware of my surroundings. My eyes are continuously scanning and looking for the next image. Its something that I’ll continue to do as I’m enjoying having a brief for each photo walk.