14th March 2009 The first Lomographic meet up on a Saturday! Meeting at London's Southbank.
Brimming with excitement at the thought of another Lomo meet and catching up with friends I hadn’t seen for a while, the concrete structures that form the Hayward Gallery and the Southbank Centre built in 1951, were a perfect venue filled with opportunities for a Lomographer.
Two groups were created, one went to explore the “Underworld” of backstreets and tunnels, the other went to the more “open” walk alongside the Thames. Heading with zeal toward the Millenium Bridge, we passed sights such as the The National Film Theatre and The National Theatre with the endless rows of antiquarian and bargain books under Waterloo Bridge.
We leapt about snapping unassuming book searchers, tourists and bystanders, not forgetting our “unusual angle” theme.
As we walk past the London Television centre, we go into Gabriels Wharf an enclosed area for food, galleries and independent craft shops.Across the river we get views of St. Pauls Cathedral and the Millenium Bridge whilst enjoying the smells of roasted nuts from the street vendors.
Our little ramble is made even more fun on this occasion by the remnants of a “Flash mob” of wedding lovers, as we approach each other there is a frenzy of posing and Lomoing. The famous landmark of the Tate Modern stands before us.Take a moment or more to go in and see the Turbine Hall and the current exhibition, It’s vast!!
The Southbank in all weathers is fantastic and has something for everyone.