Artillery Passage Spitalfields, London by photographer Steve Ullathorne
Think of London and you probably imagine red buses, The Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben, but head down a side street and you’ll find a diverse city with Georgian Squares, Roman Walls and some of the most exciting modern architecture in the world.
Steve Ullathorne has lived in London for nearly 30 years. He is the former president and current member of The Camera Club in London, one of the oldest photography clubs in the UK. Artillery Passage in Spitalfields, East London, just across the road from the financial centre of London, is one of his favourite places to take photographs in the UK’s capital.
“The Spitalfields area couples historic 18th century brickwork with the 21st century glass and steel that typifies London today. The area is home to some of the most vibrant independent designers and artists, selling their wares at Old Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane, where the new influx of Bangladeshi immigrants have slowly replaced the traditional Jewish area with Curry Houses and Sari shops. To photograph this space is to capture the hustle and bustle of London, and simultaneously absorb the historic backdrop of one Europe’s most emotive landscapes.”
Old Spitalfields Market is a short walk from both London Liverpool Street tube station and Shoreditch High Street overground line in central London.
Steve’s tips for capturing Artillery Passage in East London:
- Don’t worry if the sky is flat and grey, after all it is London, just keep your shooting angle down and concentrate on the architecture. A sky like that means you won’t have harsh shadows on buildings, so use it like a big soft box and see it as an advantage.
- Check the weather forecast before you set out. If it looks like it is going to rain, consider incorporating the pavements in your shot as the reflections on the wet paths will look great.
- Select the smallest aperture and a long exposure to blur the pedestrians passing by (F22 with the shutter speed at 0.5 seconds). This will allow you to capture more texture and detail in the frame.
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