Daily Prompt: Grey


Grey birds painted on the side of a white building, Leytonstone High Road, East London…


And linked to the reason behind the painted birds above, here is a beautifully-toned multiple-shades-of-grey street art/ grafitti image of local boy Alfred Hitchcock painted onto a rendered wall on a side street just off Leytonstone High Road, East London.

Both images give the impression of being taken in black and white, although both are actually full-colour images, so seemed just perfect for today’s prompt 🙂

Daily Prompt: Grey



A-Z Challenge: G is for Grafitti


G is for Graffiti…

Grafitti is everywhere these days, or is it street art?

Alfred Hitchcock was a Leytonstone lad (his family ran a grocer’s shop on the High Road) so he appears regularly in local street art – this one’s relatively recent, so still looks reasonably clean so far… 🙂

This year for my Blogging from A-Z Challenge I’ve decided to keep it super-simple, and stick close to home with a straightforward agenda. I tend to post lots of local London images anyway, so my aim is to post at least one new (as in taken recently, and not posted before) photograph each day, taking us on a whistle-stop A-Z tour of Local Leytonstone Life; simple snapshot images of ordinary everyday things around me that capture my attention, yet don’t take me out of my daily routine too much…

Intro to Poetry: Day 2

Todays poetry word prompt is ‘face’, and I’ve been asked to use alliteration – ironically that’s not usually something I have a problem with, but today I’m struggling a bit, so it all sounds a bit stilted 🙂



Colourfully crafted

Graffiti gargoyle grins

Bold as brass on black brick

Skull stares down with snarling smile –

Something’s got up his nose…

Urban Industrial Landscape

Canal-side bar -Old-Ford-LockOld-FrameworkOld-warehouseUrban-industyUrban-artCanal-side-colour

A wandering walk along the edge of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London yesterday found me exploring some of the old waterways and urban industrial landscape along the River Lea. Inevitably I took far too many images of canal boats (to follow later), but also found the old re-purposed buildings created some interesting photographic opportunities 🙂

G is for Graffiti

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with graffiti – and there’s always loads of it appearing here in London. Sometimes graffiti can be quite creative and artistic, but at other times it just seems to be sheer vandalism. This lot is pretty much on the cusp between the two, and I was really disappointed to find it under the road bridges crossing the Regent’s Canal – but I still took pictures of it anyway…

My theme for this year’s April A-Z Challenge is ‘My London A-Z’. I’ve found living in London to be very different from just visiting; in general I live a very ordinary life far removed from the craziness of the city itself, so I thought it might be fun to share my everyday experience with you all in images and words…