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Carnival Glimpses

Having missed the last 4 carnivals over the Bank Holiday weekend, this year I made a quick visit on the main day which is on the Monday, a holiday in the UK.  Here are a few images from the day.

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InstantLondon : New Bond Street, Mayfair

“The street where dreams are fulfilled and money is spent”. Bond Street in Mayfair is home to some of the world’s top fashion houses, designers, and luxury brands. The Christmas lights will be turned on soon, so I’ll head back there sometime.

InstantLondon : South Bank

The South Bank is a bustling riverside walk dotted with restaurants, cafes and street entertainment over the weekend.  There are great views of the City of London and also Tate Modern and The Eye landmarks.

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IstantLondon : Hope for Humanity

Edith Cavell Memorial, St Martin’s Place, WC2
“Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness for anyone.”

Edith Cavell was a courageous British nurse that was executed by the Nazis in Brussels for aiding the the escape of Allied soldiers in WW2.

InstantLondon : Back to Black

Last week, the lights went out in Piccadilly Circus. The giant multi-display screens that have lit the circus ever since the very first billboard advertising Perrier in 1908, were switched off for the dismantling and installation of a new single ‘state of the art’ digital billboard – apparently the largest in Europe.

The screens have only been turned off a handful of occasions before – for the duration of the Second World War, Winston Churchill’s funeral in 1965 and Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997.

Expect something amazing in the Autumn.

 

InstantLondon : The National Gallery

(Above : Adoration of the Kings, 1510 Jan Gossaert- free public sketch session)

Painting Christmas

The National Gallery is a wonderful resource and public institution to gaze at religious art – right from the early 1400s to contemporary periods. At this time of the year, paintings depicting the Christmas story particularly draw a lot of attention from visitors from all over the world. Here are a few that got my attention during a recent visit. It is always a great honour to view these masterpieces in real life, up close, snd see all the detail and intricacies of the strokes and depth of the oils on canvasses and boards.

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The Adoration of the Kings, 1500  Vincenzo Foppa

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The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius, 1486 Carlo Crivelli

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The Adoration of the Shepherds, 1496 Luca Signorelli

More at : https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk

InstantLondon -Tree of Life

Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park – this Victorian garden set in 40 acres of woodland is renown for the azaleas introduced from Japan in the 1920s, rhododendrons, camellias and other rare trees. There are ponds and little streams, grass openings ideal for picnics and strolls throughout the year.

InstantLondon : Brixton Buzz

Brixton is only about 5 miles from where I live, but the last time I was there was over 10 years ago I believe, attending a photography workshop at Photofusion. Today, I dropped by this South London photo-space to take a look at Kazuma Obara’s Silent Histories exhibition. The town has it’s famous attraction, the Brixton Academy, Ritzy and of course the multi-ethnic Brixton Market with its street stalls, fish, fruit and veg outlets, halal butchers, and trendy cafes.