It was a spur of the moment idea to do this walk today. I’d spent some time yesterday planning the next few walks, but the weather forecast was pretty dismal and it hardly seemed worth making a big effort to go anywhere today, but I wanted to get out. The City is only a couple of miles from where I live, so I thought “why not?” and hopped on the number 8 to see what I could find.
I know the City pretty well having worked there for decades and, on the way into town, I realised that a meander through the Square Mile would fit very nicely with my pathways project.
medieval street plan
Much to Sir Christopher Wren‘s frustration, even the great fire of 1666, didn’t do a great deal to alter the original street plan of London – and this street plan persists in many areas of the City to this day, to the chagrin of modern day developers. This persistence of ancient routes is one of the key points of my (yet to be explained to anyone else) pathways project, I realised even with today’s poor light, taking some photos around here would be good for research (if nothing else) and I knew a few places that would be good to revisit.
Today’s dull light and steel-grey sky knocked what colour there was in the scenery absolutely flat. Today looked to be in complete contrast to the colourfest of a previous walk and sure enough, once I’d downloaded the files, my misgivings were confirmed. However, the black and white jpegs, that I normally shoot with the DNGs (for evaluating exposure) told a different story. They are moody and detailed and fit very nicely with some of the themes I’m developing, I was pleasantly surprised. and that’s what you see here. I’m not saying these will be the final images used in my project, but they have helped me progress my ideas and they are a pretty accurate record of the mood of the day.
These images are much as they came out of the camera. And this time there was no prescribed route, it genuinely was a meander around town.