Photo of the week No.26: In Silvertown, 1964 by John Claridge

As a boy growing up in the docklands in the East End of London, John Claridge used his camera to capture the soul of the docks. His story is eloquently told in Along the Thames with John Claridge in the Spitalfields Life blog article of May 2, 2012.

Hatip: Spitalfields Life for photo

Oh, for a telephoto lens

I’ve a pocket camera. It’s a good one, so shouldn’t complain. Naturally, being a pocket camera it doesn’t have a telephoto lens.

Having a telephoto lens is just what I’d like when on my various walks the atmospheric conditions are perfect for long range photos, such as the London skyline and Woking. After a rain shower, and then sunlight the London skyline can be easily seen from High Curley hill in Lightwater Country, and seeing Woking from Hangmoor Hill next to the Bisley & Pirbright Ranges is improved after a rain shower.

So, here are my photos of both places, suitably cropped. Click on an image to expand.

A photo streetscape of Camberley High Street

The previous article on the Streetscapes photographic exhibition in Camberley, from 2nd-6th August, reminded me of the photos I took recently of Camberley High Street.

My photos were taken on the Saturday of the Camberley Carnival, where the High Street was devoid of vehicles, My photos my not be of the quality for an exhibition, but they are a record of the High Street in June this year.

An exhibition of photography in Camberley

I found out about an exhibition of photography in Camberley earlier this year, can’t recall how I learned about it. I subsequently visited the exhibition and reported on its recommended photography tips.

The exhibitions are organised by The Photographic Angle, which is a charity that holds free exhibitions across the country transforming otherwise empty spaces into temporary galleries. It promotes education of the public in the art and science of photography, by staging exhibitions, and by working with professional, student, and amateur photographers. [Click on image to enlarge and to link to the website]

The latest Photographic Angle exhibition in Camberley is of Streetscapes, from 2nd to 6th August at Building B, Watchmoor Park, Camberley, GU15 3YL. It’s open from 10.0 am to 3.00 pm. If these days are inconvenient, then the exhibition is on this week from 26th to 30th July at Greenwood House, London Road, Bracknell, RG12 2UB, again from 10.0 am to 3.0 pm.

Photo of the Week No.25: The Mountbatten’s and Nehru by Cartier-Bresson

Photographed on the steps of Government House in Delhi by Henri Cartier-Bresson in 1948 are, Louis Mountbatten, Earl Mountbatten of Burma; Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of independent India; and Edwina Cynthia Annette, Countess Mountbatten.

Like most of us, I imagine, we appreciate a good news photograph that captures something of the situation of the people included in the photo. This is so in this photo. Widely acknowledged that Nehru and Edwina Mountbatten had a very close friendship, even speculated having an affair. It’s a very good photo from a master of photography, Cartier-Bresson, a believer in capturing the ‘decisive moment‘.