Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012

I did not know there was such a thing, but apparently each year there is a new outdoor installation at The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in Hyde Park.

Herzog and de Meuron and Ai Weiwei created it this year and it is essentially an underground space encased with cork with plenty of seating and topped with a roof made of water…

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Worth a visit to say you’ve been and it’s open from June until October and is free…

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Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012

Portrait Exhibition

Popped by St Martin-in-the-Fields Crypt Gallery today and saw the “100 Faces of London” exhibition that just started it’s five-week run last week.

There are 100 beautifully taken, beautifully printed and beautifully presented portrait photos taken by Milan Svanderlikc as part of a project to showcase the diversity of people in London.

I was interested in the process and the photos – it’s taken over two years, he invited 700 people to sit and often took several hours to get “the right shot” that showed the people as much as themselves as possible. It is very well done.

Except I was troubled by one shot, of Mohammed. I am sorry, but it just seemed really out of place…

Exhibition is free and runs until 14th July…

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And if you ever wanted to be envious of fabulous portrait photography and wanted to find a reason to justify spending over a grand on a prime 85mm 1.2f lens – it’s a must see!

Portrait Exhibition

Hara Krsna parade Sunday 17th June

Yes, I have spelt it correctly – it’s weird…there are even dots under the letters r s and n???

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Anyways, we were on our way to take photos of the Number 38 bus (more about that later) and were halted in the street at Piccadilly Circus by carnival floats pulled by chanting people. It turns out it was a Rathayatra Parade for Hare Krishna and people were smiling and chanting in a rather excitable way. I snapped a quick pic and happily took a leaflet from a smiling chanting orange person so that I could find out more.

I read the leaflet and, to paraphrase somewhat, it seems the chanting level of transcendental ecstacy. But you have to fully believe to really feel the power.

They seem to be a fairly pleasant and happy organization that cares about helping people, but I can’t help thinking they are a bunch of weirdoes – anyone care to help me out here?

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Hara Krsna parade Sunday 17th June

Heather and Dave’s Wedding


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Huge Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Morse on their fabulous wedding day on Saturday 16th June. 

I’m delighted to share the day with you with hundreds of photos capturing the magical moments as they happened.

To view them, all you have to do is set up a free Truprint account, by clicking Truprint. (If you do decide you want to order some prints, you get 50 free ones!).

Then you can click here to view the full collection – and add your own for others to see – or on the individual links below to see each of the sections from the wedding:

The Bride Prepares… click here to view

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The Church… click here to view

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The Reception… click here to view

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Heather and Dave have all the images on DVD or I can email you individual shots if you’d prefer.

If you like what you have seen, please let me know (and if you don’t, also please let me know!). 

Plus, if you are interested in photography for a wedding, portrait session, party or event, please get in touch – I’d love to hear from you at sam@samlanephotography.co.uk or call me on 07708 247248.

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Heather and Dave’s Wedding

Photo excitement at St P

There has been a couple of film shoots at St P recently – and I always forget to take decent photos, camp out to see if I can celeb spot or write up some blog post afterwards ;0(

Today, though, I saw a photography team set up right outside the front of the hotel. As is my wont I went up to chat to one of the crew.

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It was a photo shoot, for a shirt brand (I could tell you then I would be forced to kill you), using St P as the backdrop. They were just setting up and waiting for the model to appear sporting her shirt.

How exciting ;0)

Photo excitement at St P

Does anyone think this could be mis-read?

I passed by King’s College at Waterloo today and saw the writing on the glass doorway:

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“World questions. King’s answers”.

It bugged/amused me.

I guess they mean “When the World has questions, King’s College has the answers”?; but am I alone in reading it as “The World questions the anwers given by King’s College”?

Or do I need to get out more?

Does anyone think this could be mis-read?