Category Archives: Spitalfields

Empty coffee cups

EMPTY COFFEE CUPS Text and picture World © Geoff Wilkinson – All rights reserved.

While I was looking through the files to find the ‘Jack the Ripper’ picture that I posted last time,  it jogged my memory about how this particular set of photographs came about. People often say to me “I don’t know what to photograph”. Inspiration is everywhere, you just have to slow down a little and take time to look around. With this particular set of photographs of Spitalfields I just sort of walked into them, there was no planned assignment. I had dropped my wife and daughter at a hairdressers nearby so I had an hour or so to kill and I just went for a walk with my camera. The first photograph I ever took in Spitalfields was this one, ‘Two coffee cups’, I was just being observant as I walked, nothing more. The cups were just sitting there on the table with the spoons at opposite angles. As soon as I saw them I knew immediately that it would make a good photograph. I wondered who had left them, had it been a business meeting, two friends having coffee or a secret romantic liaison. I will never know and I don’t need to, it just makes a lovely picture.

Technical info: Nikon D80 camera handheld with a Nikon f2.8 20/70mm zoom lens set at 70mm. The exposure was 1/250th of a second with an aperture of f2.8, the ISO was 100. The conversion was done in Photoshop CS5


Cobbles at night…

Cobbled Street, Spitalfields

Text and picture World © Geoff Wilkinson – All rights reserved.

One picture that I really wanted to include in the Spitalfield series was of a cobbled street. Strangely enough there aren’t that many left. In my mind I see horse drawn Hanson cabs clattering over cobbles. Of course the reality is that Spitalfields is now a vibrant, busy, modern community with a road system to match.

The cobble picture eluded me for some time. I tried Continue reading