See End of Trees series
Yesterday was a frosty morning, and I made the above photograph at Wimbledon Common with dog walkers and golfers enjoying a chilly outing. The air was crisp and the sky clear but very, very cold. This morning, a huge snow front blanketed the entire UK, and dropped over 4 to 5 inches of snow in blizzard conditions. The British Isles is known for it’s wet weather, so it was a respite from the rain, but when the snow thaws, that will cause another bout of flooding.
One bizarre encounter of a Christmas scene at Suria KLCC, led to another, at a smaller shopping centre in Bangsar. Reindeers seem to be in fashion this year. Some years, it seems like Cherubims, and then Angels with huge wings, and then Santa. I only met one Santa so far, and he wasn’t too jolly. At least he had a white beard. I wonder where do these props end up after the season. Most probably in a huge warehouse locked up safely somewhere. Now wouldn’t that be an interesting photo opportunity. Love the cotton wool ‘snow’.
I came away from the Mid Valley mall, one of the largest shopping malls in Malaysia, located in Kuala Lumpur, with some photographs in the video. Being the second last weekend before Christmas Day, the shops were teeming with shoppers, look-seers, families, locals and tourists alike. As usual, the central atrium is richly decorated with giant conifers adorned with all Christmassy trimmings, flashy lights, fake snow, icicles, silver globes and golden bells. This year, there are two log and stone cabins built on the set to attract visitors, and I think they do look pretty realistic, compared to yesteryears, where these were usually painted scenes on flat plywood and styrofoam. Today, set designs have improved by leaps and bounds, the renderings authentic, and the animals are, at last, to scale with everything else.
I guess for kids, these sights can be a bewilderment and awe, as quite often they recollect similar scenes from fantasy or Hollywood movies watched over the years. No Santa here, sadly.
(PS. Sorry about the cheesy tune)
Saw these four Chinese tourists on the steps on St Pauls the other day, every one a Leica user, all had lens caps on. The revolt is on, Chinese tourists are being wooed and lured to come visit Britain in their thousands to help the British economy out of recession (see here). Since they are also ‘brand’ hunters, the luxury kind, mind you, it was no surprise to see these menfolk with the status Leica cameras hung smartly off their Burberry jackets and Rolex adorned wrists. ~ SL
Currently I am working on a series of images on fairgrounds, which I always find to be slightly theatrical but interesting in modern Britain, harking back to Victorian times. Outdoor family entertainment, especially in today’s online based tech world, is limited, and it is always nice to see families enjoying traditional playground rides with all colourful trappings, sounds and lighting of a local fairground. This portrait is of a young lad who mans one of the many game stands in the ground. He was setting up at the time of my visit, but obliged to pose for a photo.
Funny captions please?