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Christies Modern Art

I returned to Christies two weeks later to cover a private view for their modern art auction. There was an incredible array of work from Francis Bacon’s Red Pope, cloistered away in it’s own little chapel, to Ansel Adams, surrounded by chrome. I was particularly pleased with the opportunity to out-meta Thomas Struth with a photo of people looking at his photo of people looking at a Pollock painting!

Christies Audrey Hepburn

I’ve always liked Audrey Hepburn’s films but I wasn’t aware of how highly she is regarded by some as a cultural icon. At Christies gathered some serious Hepburn aficionados along with one of her sons and some friends of the auction house. The exhibition was stunning.

Tower Bridge autism event

Every few months Tower Bridge Exhibition opens early on a Sunday to let a small number of Autistic children roam the site in relative peace.

City of London Academy Islington football

Arsenal FC generously hosted the final of a north London school’s football tournament. It was my first visit to the Emirates and the walk out of the tunnel on to the pitch was breathtaking. Sadly my team threw away an early lead but they were definitely the more photogenic.

Cosplay

Characters from computer games left their screens and descended onto the City of London for a parade from the Guildhall to St Pauls. I was not aware of Cosplay nor the surprising commitment to it shown by participants. They wore some amazing outfits and were a pleasure to photograph though sometimes a little over-enthusiastic to be in the frame.

HRH Princess Anne

The City of London Academy Islington did exceptionally well in its exam results. Enough to warrant a visit from HRH Princess Anne. Every minute of the visit had been planned and rehearsed so that there wasn’t moment wasted as she sped around the school greeting students, speaking and giving awards. It was impressive to see such a pro at work.



Photo of HRH Princess Anne meeting cadets at school

Roca Brothers masterclass

From the utilitarian blandness of a Westminster Kingsway College teaching kitchen some magic was created by the Roca brothers.




Westminster Abbey

Dr. James Mellichamp, president of Piedmont College in the US, has toured the world playing organs from mid-century Soviet cinema organs to those in Notre Dame. Now was the turn of Westminster Abbey. Having never touched this keyboard before, he had a half hour to practice before members of the public filed in for the performance. I took the photos as he was taking it through it’s paces with a few minutes at the end for a portrait with the amazing pipes behind him.

ITN 60

ITN is 60 so they had a big party for the survivors. It was a wonderful event though with horrible light. Was great to see some of the old and current faces. Jon Snow is such a gent.




Magna Carta is 600

For the 600th anniversary of the Magna Carta the City of London commissioned a Son et lumière show in Guildhall Yard. The show producers projected onto the façade of the Guildhall employing its contours to give 3D quality to the imagery with spectacular results. Some photos were taken from the roof of St Lawrence Jewry, where the vicar was holding a small party for the event organisers, access to which was, oddly, through his bedroom.

Photo of technician

Photo of party on balcony of Church above Guildhall Yard

Photo of light show in Guildhall Yard

Photo of light show on Guildhall