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Now taking photo requests. [20050423|11:00]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I'm planning to bring my cameras on a couple of trips outside of London next week, but I feel like I've been neglecting the city itself of late, aside from the parks and gardens that are my favorite places to dabble in photography. My exploratory instincts need a kick start. I'm therefore taking requests. Send me on a mission, whether it's a train ride to Zone 4 (which may take a little while to complete), a walk around my neighborhood or just inside my flat. What would you like me to photograph in London?

I took a couple of shots at the best place in London to get a cuppa joe in my not so humble opinion as examples.


Marco's head. Our favorite barista's back side.


Pretty fern-patterned latte. Tastes as nice as it looks.
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From: ripperlyn
2005-04-23 12:00 (UTC)

Your mission(s), should you choose to accept it/them...

- the undersides of bridges
- blue plaques on buildings outside of zone 1
- memorials to dead writers
- teens bunking off from school in Camden on a Tuesday morning

If this is the sort of thing you're looking for, let me know. I'm off to meet the australian.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-25 16:20 (UTC)
That is what I had in mind, yup. Mission(s) accepted.
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From: ripperlyn
2005-04-25 16:22 (UTC)
:) Can't wait to see the results! (If you want more, I can think of more, too!)
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[User Picture]From: enn
2005-04-23 13:18 (UTC)
the red double deckers!
in all their gorgeousity!
peoples shoes!
shop windows!
stencil art;broken umbrellas;banana peels!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-25 16:18 (UTC)
Which kind of double deckers? The old ones or the new ones?

Got the stencil art this weekend; broken umbrellas and banana peels are subject to the whims of fate. Mission accepted (obviously!).
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[User Picture]From: thirdbird
2005-04-23 13:26 (UTC)
Well, if you should ever come across any abandoned stuffed animals in the city while you have a camera in your hand...please think of me!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-25 16:16 (UTC)
Aw, man! This is frustrating, because about a month ago I saw an abandoned stuffed seal sitting on a sidewalk, thought of you and then realized I didn't have my camera with me. Argh. I need to start carrying it with me everywhere.

(Mission accepted, incidentally, although I have no idea when I'll be able to complete it.)
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[User Picture]From: mysti77
2005-04-23 13:58 (UTC)
Never been in that Coffee shop but I sometimes pass by the one at Borough Market and it smells divine. Always crowded though, so never went in.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-25 16:14 (UTC)
Go in, go in! The line is long but it moves really fast. Everyone who works there is super-nice and the coffee is worth the wait.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-25 16:13 (UTC)
This is the best mission of the lot. Accepted, with pleasure.
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[User Picture]From: bellelaqueen
2005-04-23 16:55 (UTC)
Interesting doorways that look like they don't belong to the buildings to which they allow entry.

A particular item (ie emily strange satchel or plad pants/pin strip suits or any flight bag etc...) and all the different places/people/stores you can get or see one.
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[User Picture]From: bellelaqueen
2005-04-23 16:58 (UTC)
oh oh, space invader mosaics - I know one you can start at.

http://www.mosaicmatters.co.uk/news/news_martianmosaic.htm
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-25 16:12 (UTC)
I'll take on both of those. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-25 16:11 (UTC)
See, for me, people are the least desirable photography objects. Getting candids is going to be difficult - people are almost always in motion here and it's difficult to get covert shots from a moving bus or train (or even a stationary one). I don't fancy the idea of asking strangers for posed shots when I'm mostly on my own during the day. And when I'm sitting with a bunch of friends having pints, waiting around with a camera in my hand for a good shot is pretty much the last thing I want to be doing. I'll see what I can do, but honestly, I'd prefer a different mission.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2005-04-23 20:12 (UTC)
Next time you go out and curl up by a tree to write a letter, I want a picture of the branches from your curled perspective. Additional shots of other things from the same spot--butt firmly planted on the ground--would also be neat.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-25 16:06 (UTC)
Mission seismic accepted. Now if only it would stop raining...
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2005-04-23 22:53 (UTC)
You've already got a pretty good list started, but I'd like to second the idea of 'Londoners'. Old. Young. Odd. Average. The works, really. And the idea of doorways w/ interesting perspectives sounds fun, too. Anything crumbly related to architecture. (New bldgs seem to lack a soul). ...but close up. The whole f-ing structure is never as interesting as a closer piece of it.
The view from your window(s)--with part of the frame/sill included in the shot, maybe?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-25 16:05 (UTC)
With regard to Londoners: I'll try, but I have to say, portraiture is neither my favorite nor my forte. It's also difficult to get people to stand still for photos without asking them, and I don't particularly want to risk asking strangers to pose unless I'm not alone. And taking photographs of other passengers on the tube is almost as big a faux pas as standing on the left side of the escalators. :-P

My camera doesn't do well trying to take shots of whole buildings anyway and my eyes are always peeled for interesting details, so thank you for the architectural slices suggestion.

Views from my windows are not a problem either.

So, 2/3 of Mission danaid_luv are underway at present. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2005-04-25 17:39 (UTC)
Right. *nodding* I adore people-watching, and there are times I'd love to snap photos, but it's not very easy to do, eh? I mean, the stammered request, their distrust, or trying to sneak a surreptitious shot...but if the right moment presents itself, take it, right?!

I'm excited to see some of your results--any of them--you have a clever list of folks w/ great ideas.
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From: tdj
2005-04-23 22:54 (UTC)
How about your favorite place to eat out of doors?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-25 15:46 (UTC)
Mission user accepted. However, it may have to wait until the weather improves a bit. If next weekend is nice, I'll be able to fulfill the objective.
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[User Picture]From: elleclectic
2005-04-24 00:05 (UTC)
I would love to see pictures of Uxbridge, which is in Northwest London, at the end of the Picadilly Line... The reason is that I live in a very small town in Massachusetts called Uxbridge also, and there are only 3 Uxbridge's in the world: here, one on Canada somewhere, and one in London. When I was in London my friend and I wanted to go see it quite badly, but we didn't have enough time. If you're able to get up there and take some pics, I would love to able to see what it's like!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-25 15:59 (UTC)
It's one of the west termini of the Metropolitan line, which is more convenient for me. Unfortunately, it's in Zone 6, which is likely to (a) be an expensive journey and (b) take a LONG time. It's so far out the A-Z doesn't cover it.

How about this for a compromise: I'll take pictures at Uxbridge Road and Uxbridge Street, which are in Shepherd's Bush and much more accessible. If I happen to head to Uxbridge for some other reason, I'll be sure to bring my camera.
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[User Picture]From: elleclectic
2005-04-25 19:16 (UTC)
Fair trade, I'll take it. Thank you.

:o)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-25 15:59 (UTC)
Dude, I didn't even know there were robot Beatles in London. I wouldn't know where to start looking. I think I'm afraid.
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[User Picture]From: behsharam
2005-05-04 01:32 (UTC)

Have you ever read From Hell?

Is it possible you could do various locations in Whitechapel?

P.S. Pretty latte!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-04 08:08 (UTC)
I've read V for Vendetta, The Watchmen, and part of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Promethea and the Swamp Thing stuff he did, but not From Hell. I don't know think we brought it either. D'oh.

I haven't been to Whitechapel yet, so yes, I'll do the mission. Maybe I'll go on one of the London Walks around there to familiarize myself with the area.
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