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Diwali at Trafalgar Square

Diwali the Festival of Lights is a Hindu festival, marking the triumph of good over evil, its a family festival and huge in the Hindu calendar. There was a huge event at Trafalgar Square to mark the start of this five day celebration. I went with a reporter / photographer from Kensington & Chelsea Today, Izzi, to take pictures.


As it started a circle widened in the crowd in the centre of Trafalgar Square. Nothing seemed to happen for some time some time, but at exactly 2pm dancers came out of the crowd and formed a ring.


A few photographers, onlookers and I got into the centre of this ring and began to dance moving clockwise around us. Although this was planned, the crowd quickly got involved and took it over.


The euphoric nature of the dancers, their utter joy and they way they forgot themselves and really let go was thrilling, I was totally swept away by the moment.





Back drawing at the NPG

I went back at the Friday night drawing class at the National Portrait Gallery. I have talked about the Lateshift programme before. I’m not Leonardo DV but I’m comfortable with a pencil.
But i forgot there was a brief.
This time it was to take two pieces of paper a pencil and a marker. First on the larger piece of paper to just create the shading, and then to place the second peice of (tracing) paper over the top and complete the detail. It was actually really hard. Its like drawing backwards for most people. I think the most common approach is to draw the detail and structured lines first, and shading is essentially filling in.

It’s half term here which means I get to catch up with an old schoolfriend and his kids (he’s a teacher). Sweet day, if brutally cold. Didn’t stop them having fun though.

Waiting for his Pizza…
Copying her brother
…while monkey-see, monkey-do
Snowy London
After seeing all the reds and greys I sat there waiting for something to compliment the lanterns at the gateway to Chinatown.

London last Sunday, it snowed all day. Beautiful – cold. Here’s couple of low res shots.

Nelson and King George V survey London from Trafalgar Square.
Nelson and King George V survey London from Trafalgar Square.

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