A Neighbour’s Imprint

_ds86247_cropYesterday I was in London (in-between the strikes currently being inflicted on passengers travelling on Southern Rail by the Unions). I am still familiarising myself with the London terminus at which I now arrive – Victoria Station. A station whose immediate surroundings seem to have been a building site for years upon years. And each time I travel up to London I use a few spare minutes to walk the immediate area and shoot a few images.

Regular readers will know of my fascination with the way new buildings interact, due to the preponderance of glass as a cladding material. And here is one captured yesterday. A curved swathe of reflections from a neighbouring colossus.

It seems fitting to post this today because my reason for being in London yesterday was to see the current major art exhibition – Abstract Expressionism – at the Royal Academy. This huge exhibition has just over two more weeks left to run and is an embarrassment of riches featuring work by Gorky, Clyfford Still, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, de Kooning to name a few. The highlight for me were the vast canvases by Jackson Pollock especially Mural. Equally exciting was a minutely inscribed, calligraphic work by  Janet Sobel and a similar work by Lee Krasner (Pollock’s wife) who also painted a vast, poignant canvas The Eye is the First Circle in tribute to her deceased husband.

If you have the time and the energy, and London is within reach, then don’t miss this exhibition.

This exhibition, like others I recall, is an inspiration. I am reminded of a quote from Alain Briot, a well-known American photographer, writer and teacher: Creativity is an input-output, import-export business. You have to be in contact with other artists … in order to foster creativity’. So very true.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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15 Responses to A Neighbour’s Imprint

  1. oneowner says:

    Unfortunately, London is not within my foreseeable reach but I would have loved to see the exhibit. This shot, printed large, might have been at home there.

  2. paula graham says:

    yea..London…sweet London!! I LOVE the city, it has sooo very much to offer.

  3. shoreacres says:

    This looks almost kaleidoscopic. I like the broader swath of blue curving through the image, made up of the smaller, seemingly compressed images. What a treasure trove that neighborhood is for someone like you, who enjoys architectural images.

  4. Sue says:

    Aargh, missed this one…doubtful I’ll get to it as there are wall-to-wall strikes now….

  5. Great eye to see this as a viable abstract photo. Well done, Andy. 🙂

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Frank. In london I’m always on the lookout for this type of image, but I don’t always find one quite like this – it was the curve of the reflection that attracted me.

  6. Chillbrook says:

    I love this Andy! As ever, your eye for an image has not let you down! 🙂

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Adrian. I’m having fun exploring a new area of London, having always previously used Euston as the portal. New shots a plenty, but the whole area close by Victoria is one giant building site. Easy to get bewildered, or is that just age!

  7. Great image Andy, hope to see some more from this location. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see the exhibition at the RA but would like to see The Radical Eye at the Tate. There’s also Photo London in May!

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Simon. You missed a great show but there is another (somewhat similar) to come called ‘America after the fall’ at the RA featuring Pollock, Hopper, Grant Wood, O’Keefe and others. Should be good. Plus a major Hockney retrospective. A lot to look forward to.

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