7 Day B&W Challenge: Epilogue – Picturing My Life

So, having posted 7 black & white individual images of my life in 7 days (with no explanation and no people), I thought I’d go through my choices retrospectively, and show them all together as a set. The biggest challenge for me definitely was the ‘no people’ bit – I live in London with around 8.7 million other people – but I’m pleased to have managed it nonetheless.

A lot of the time I really don’t lead a very exciting life here, and nor do I want to, so I tried to show the simple everyday ordinariness of it all, far removed from the recognisable tourist views of London life. But I also wanted to find interesting enough images that had enough light-to-dark demarcation to look good in monochrome (because not everything does!).

Day 1 – This is the view outside our flat, taken from our living room window – just an ordinary quiet Victorian terraced street, built around the late 1880s…


Day 2 – Our favourite Leytonstone cafe on the High Road, where we often enjoy a good cup of coffee and an indulgent slice of cake even though it’s only a few minutes walk from home…


Day 3 – Leytonstone Underground Station on the Central Line is our main transport link to pretty much everywhere other than our immediate environs here in East London…


Day 4 – This old sweet chestnut tree in Bush Wood is well over 200 years old, and is one of my favourite landmarks to visit when out for a walk. If only trees could talk, the stories she would have to tell…


Day 5 – This is the route 257 double-decker bus I regularly take to and from from Stratford, which is our nearest decent-sized shopping centre…


Day 6 – I love the way the light caught the leaves in this image of Bush Wood from my archives – I really appreciate walking in nature so close to home, it calms and soothes me when the hustle and bustle of city living gets too much to bear…


Day 7 – Late afternoon light silhouetting Wanstead Flats seemed a fitting image on which to end – we live in a part of London that has a lot of green space to enjoy, so I make the most of it all year round…


So there we are, a week long, decidedly non-peopley perspective of my everyday London life. Many thanks to Marilyn of Serendipity for giving me the chance of volunteering to participate in this challenge – I’ve really enjoyed it! 🙂


7 Day B&W Challenge: Day 1


Marilyn at Serendipity (amongst many others) is taking part in a 7 day B&W challenge – the rules are:

‘Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day’

Hmmm… sounds intriguing, although as it seems so many of the bloggers I know are already completing this challenge rather than find individuals to challenge, I think I will leave the challenge open to anyone who wishes to participate. And at the end of the seven days, I think I might also add an extra post explaining my particular choices – so welcome in advance to my monochrome humdrum world.

PS Living in London it’s not always easy to take images without people in, so if a figure or two appears somewhere insignificant in shot, many apologies in advance. I’m going to stick to my everyday out-and-about life – nothing spectacular, just me being me in my local environment 🙂

Share Your World: 2 Oct 2017

If you were given the opportunity to ride in a helicopter would you go?


What are some of your favourite type of proteins to eat?

Cheese, eggs, and then meat, probably in that order…

What would be your preference – awake before dawn, with the dawn, or awake before noon?

Waking at dawn – I’m a bit of a Goldilocks in life, I like things not too hot or not too cold, not too hard or not too soft, not too early or not too late 🙂

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?

Actually I really enjoyed my walk around the local area with my camera this afternoon taking some pics for this week’s Cee’s B&W Challenge – Lines & Angles I felt quite inspired, so here are a few more of today’s moody monochrome Leytonstone landscapes 🙂


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