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Tower Hill

Posted in London Dawn, Personal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2009 by brettvanort

I figured last night that if we are lucky we live to see about 29,000 days (close to 80 years).  I’ve got around 17,000 to go if I’m lucky.  A finite thought but I had it after spending the day at the beach and having the space and time to think.

As I got home at around 10:30pm I used the thought to convince myself to wake up after only about 4 hours sleep.  It took me around an hour to power down so by the time I closed my eyes it was close to midnight.

I really didn’t want to get up and I really didn’t want to go all the way to Tower Hill but I somehow dragged myself out of bed and shiver by ass off waiting for the bus at 4:15.  Once I get off the bus everything switches on though.  Even without coffee or breakfast I’m good to go for a couple hours and what I get to see keeps me going.

5:13 AM

5:13 AM

Lights on the bridge or lights off?  I can’t decide.

5:18 AM

5:18 AM

It’s getting lighter later now.  I don’t really know how much longer I can pursue this as I only have about 30 minutes to work with now until the City starts to pulse, buzz and hum.  By 5:45 cars and trucks are virtually everywhere and by 6:15 forget about it, there are pedestrians everywhere and the London that I own for myself for about an hour is gone.  Given up to everyone else to use.

5:39 AM

5:39 AM

I’ll keep at it.  At least until I head to Bosnia and Kosovo.  Looks like I’ll be headed there around mid-August.  Then back here for a few days until I leave for Hopi Nation and other things August 28.


Abandoned London

Posted in London Dawn, Personal with tags , , , , , , , , on July 1, 2009 by brettvanort

Term over.  Hopi Indians in mid-August, along with a follow up on Tejon Ranch in LA.  So what’s a MA student to do?  Well, I’m going to peddle my crap around town a little and look to get shot down a thousand times.  But I have to keep shooting.  I have one idea that will be kept on the back burner until October or November but until I leave for Arizona I need another project.  One that’s cheap and keeps me in the city.

Here’s the beginnings of it.

5:34 AM

So I’m planning on going out every morning and trying to capture at least one London land/cityscape by itself.  No cars, no buses, no people.  I woke at 4 am this morning and got to Parliament Square by about 4:45, right at sunrise.  I will have to get up a bit earlier I think but I am happy with the results of today.  And it wasn’t just one.  I got two.

5:15 AM

If the weather keeps up like this I should have more to come.

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