"when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." - Samuel Johnson
I’m going to be the first to admit that I completely failed at my plan to write a blog on a weekly basis. It seems that in the time between this post and the last, life has gotten in the way and refused to give me any breathing space for a teeny tiny blog. But, I’m committed. I hate the idea of starting something and not seeing it through and so, because of this, I’m using this luxurious 45 mins of free time before my next shoot to whack this piece. Let’s hope the lager I’m about to order gives me a quick boost of creativity.
London. Babe. Honey. You are the one for me.
I moved to the big smoke when I was 18. I was in my third year of college and pretty much had had enough of being at home. I wanted my own space, in my own flat, in none other than London town. Only thing was I picked the same weekend as the London riots to move and spent the first three days cowering in my new home. However, once I did emerge from The Bunker (we nick named it that because it’s where we all took shelter from the craziness that happened over that weekend) I quickly realised just how amazing this city is.
That London Feeling.
If there’s one thing that inspires me about London the most it’s the buzz you get when walking the streets. It’s that same feeling you get when watching the hundreds upon hundreds of people go about their daily tasks. It’s the cacophony of chatter you hear at borough market or the countless amounts of selfies taken on Westminster bridge. It’s piling onto the 341 into central after pre-drinks at your mate’s place and then making friends with your cab driver on the way home. It’s lying in bed and hearing a symphony of sirens in the distance and it’s the warm feeling you get looking at block of flats at night, knowing that each light is a window into a story about a family or close group of friends. The “London Feeling” is like and drug to me and it’s highly addictive. Even though at times you find yourself needing a break, it’s always there in the back of your mind and it’s never long till to crave your next hit.
Okay, I’ll hold my hands up. The people of London aren’t always in a rush to smile at you in the street. They’re busy! They’ve got a million and one things to do today. Like get delayed on the on the district line for 9th time that week or get stuck behind a slow walker and say every swear word there is in your head. Once you get past all this though, they’re not that bad. In fact, they’re kind of great. For a start, their sense of humour is second to none. I’ve honestly done about 5 shoots in Notting Hill now and I guarantee you, on every occasion, someone has photo bombed the dancer with their own expressive movements in the background. These also a mass feeling of acceptance you feel in London. That may be a generalisation but I know I speak for many when I say, no matter who are or where you come from, there’s a place for you in this multicultural hotpot of a city. And, while some people may find that over whelming, I for one find it an integral part of what makes London so great.
There’s always something to do
When you take the “London feeling” and present it to the multicultural people of London, you inspire people to connect and express. The good thing with this, is that it’s channeled into the vast amount of activities and events you can attend in the city. An old flat mate of mine used to complain that there was never anything to do in London and I used to stare are her in dismay. For example, lover of sports? There’s a place for you. Addicted to anything theatrical? London’s the city for you. Hell, even if you’re a massive fan of Italian movies made between 1950 – 1970, I’m certain there’ll be cinema for you. London provides you with so many opportunities to be engaged and entertained daily. All you need to do is open your eyes.
I could write and write and write about what makes London so satisfying to be in. In fact, I may have to write another blog about it in the future. I have an intense, undying love for the city and I only hope it shows in my work.