Working out West and living South West means East London often gets neglected unless I have a good offer or excuse to head over (cocktails, coffee, and Columbia Road Flower Market ranking highly). When Talented Talkers got in touch to ask if I fancied joining a group of bloggers on a Street Art Tour, with mobile photography tips and a trial of the Lumia 930, I was in. The meal at Pizza East had nothing to do with my acceptance…
I’m an Apple addict at heart, getting into the brand early on with a green Apple Mini and now owning a bit of an Apple collection including an iPhone. I’m well aware that the iPhone might not be the best mobile out there in terms of its camera and technology power, so I’m always keen to see what other phones have to offer. Nokia was one of my favourite early mobiles I had a 3310 (with changeable covers!) when I was about 15. I have to admit I forgot about the brand when the mobile market took off but with Microsoft behind the scenes they’ve refreshed its reputation with the Lumia range.
As for street art, I love how it catches you by surprise and have been known to snap the ones that cross my path. But my knowledge of what it means and who created it is so limited!
So with Karim providing the tour, Phil sharing the photography tips, and being with a group of lovely bloggers, I knew I was in for a fun night (even if it was raining at the time and I was optimistically wearing sandals and had no umbrella!).
We started at Braithwaite Street with something I’ll admit you could easily walk straight past.
A creation by street artist Hottea (also known as Eric Reiger). It’s a form of non-destructive street art and whilst I wasn’t WOW’d by this, his other work is much more impressive and colourful.
The next piece certainly had more impact.
At this stage I was spending a fair bit of time getting used to the Lumia 930’s camera and realising it has SO many functions that make it more similar to a digital camera. The main feature being able to change its ISO settings and white balance with more accuracy, useful on grey days in the city. You might notice that the size of this photo is different to the others and that’s because it’s the original dimensions from the Lumia. When I came to uploading the photos I noticed they were quite different to the dimensions I now use on the blog, which meant I’ve done a bit of cropping on these pictures so they’re consistent. One thing with the Lumia to be aware of if you do use photos from your mobile!
From this point on I got a bit snap happy and started to focus a bit more on taking pictures than what I was actually taking pictures of (#bloggerproblems). The whereabouts of these photos are a bit of a blur but the next part of the route took us from Calvin Street to Grey Eagle Street.
Karim explained the difference between street art and graffiti, with street art seen as a form of art and graffiti being about tagging areas with your tag.
The following piece was one of my favourites from the tour. Painted on a gate entrance, I just really liked how Faith 47 blended the painting into the back ground. I also liked the appropriately placed ‘Shhhh’ sign!
By this stage in the tour we’d had a good few tips from Phil, from thinking about things like is there any irrelevant stuff in the background or foreground to cut out and are there brightly coloured things that will grab a reader’s attention, to considering the angle you’re taking the picture from. Street art is definitely a good way to test these tips!
At Grey Eagle Street we saw a piece by Shepard Fairey.
One thing I hadn’t really thought much about before was how famous some of these street artists are and a tour around Shoreditch is a little like walking around an outdoor art gallery when you know what you’re looking at!
From here we headed to Hanbury Street.
And ended up at Brick Lane, underneath the unmissable Heron by ROA.
Still on a roll, I took a few more photos whilst I was there.
Before we moved on Heneage Street, Pedley Street and Cheshire Street.
(I spotted this Space Invader piece en route and I then found lots of his work in Paris just a couple of weeks later.)
With rumbling stomachs we finally arrived at Pizza East and I devoured a good few delicious slices.
But before we made our way home we had a few more pieces to see and some night photography tips to pick up.
My favourite piece of the night session was this one, which I think may be by Buff Diss.
You wouldn’t know it from a distance but it’s made entirely of tape!
I headed to the underground with a mind full of street artists and photography tips (and a stomach full of pizza!).
After an evening using the Lumia 930, I don’t think I’ll be exchanging my iPhone just yet. I thought the camera definitely provided good quality pictures (the only editing I’ve done is cropping) and the settings were helpful to enhance the pictures. But I realised that when it comes to my camera phone I like good quality photos but I like simple settings and prefer editing pictures after rather than changing the settings at the scene (a complete contrast to how I use my DSLR!).
If you’re more interested in the street art from this post and want to do the street art tour, you can book yourself on to Karim’s tour here.
I was invited by Talented Talkers to attend the evening and share my thoughts. I thought it was a great offer and as ever all opinions are my own.