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London through a lens

The sense of sight really helps you understand London.

Taking a stroll along the South Bank in the heart of central London, I could see scores of tourists taking photographs of everything from the London Eye to Big Ben.

It is fascinating to see how many people view London through a camera lens:
the television crews racing around the capital to cover various events; the bored security personnel viewing the thousands of CCTV cameras that scan the city; and the hoards of tourists who light up London’s attractions with a million camera flash flickers.

Then there are the photographers. Someone who is used to seeing life through a photography lens is Bella: “Photography is about documenting life’s memories,” she tells me soon after I have taken her picture.

 The 18-year-old photography student is no stranger to framing her life through a viewfinder.

She is also the strange type of tourist. One who does not quite live in London but near enough to easily access the city on a regular basis.

 

What brings you here?

I asked her what brought her and Jake, 19, to London on this cold, dull and seemingly uninteresting Friday in February.

“We are going to a James Morrison gig,” he said, with a smile on his face - one which I found hard to return, as I could barely feel my toes. It is easy to forget how many things there are to see and do in this city.

There is something that separates the photographer from the tourist with their holiday snaps: the care taken to frame the picture. It has to convey everything you want it to about that exact moment.

The delicacy which is taken to ensure the picture is in focus; to make sure that in years to come its meaning is not distorted.

“It’s good to remember days out,” Bella informs me, as I head in one direction, while she and Jake head in another.

 

Words and pictures by Greg Flucker

Visit London's South Bank. Nearest tube station: Waterloo (Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City lines).

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