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I think I’m going to start a black and white period of pictures. I love colour ones, but I feel like black and white is better suited these days. Black and white is less distracting, helping ease composition issues as pictures can become more abstract and schematic. Also perhaps it fits better with my current mood. Or the British weather, I don’t know…

Over a year ago, I wrote a post where I said that I was doing alright. It’s amazing how things can change so fast. A person that was like my anchor to this place, or so I thought, decided suddenly to search for greener pastures in another (more sunny) country. Also, the company where I was working closed its doors, suddenly too, for unknown reasons. So there I was again, feeling alone, in a place I really didn’t like. A place haunted by memories. After that, I moved to London, I found a job in another studio here, and everything seems to be back on track, almost. London, for all its charm and (photo) opportunities, is proving its fame of being one of the most unfriendly cities of the world. It seems very difficult to connect with people here. That’s what feels to me, so far.

2016 ended (thanks, it was time already…), and for this 2017, I have no idea what to expect. I’m scared of expecting anything. If last year new year’s resolutions were full of plans and ideas for the future, this one will be just about licking my wounds, as they say here. Yeah, I know, it’s a very dramatic way to put it, there are far more serious problems out there, but… Someone I used to know (and love) always said to me that everything happens for a reason. The same person that escaped to the sunny country, ironically. To be honest, I never believed in all that “the universe conspires to make me happy (or unhappy)” nonsense. It is, in my opinion, an irrational way of thinking. And a bit selfish too. An easy way out from (the sometimes hard to deal) reality. I’m sure the universe is busy with more important stuff, like burning helium in stars and throwing dust and gas into black holes. I am a more down to earth person, I guess. I’ll just keep taking pictures, reading, learning new things, doing my job the best I can, travelling with my daughter (my real anchor here, not an imaginary one) to places, etc… and see how it all goes. No plans ahead. 

By the way, the picture for this post, completely unrelated to this rambling, was taken two weeks or so ago in London. In black and white looks more interesting to me. The colors for this 2017…

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The day after my visit to Warwick Castle, we went to London Winter Fair, in Hyde Park. It was my first time coming to London in Christmas holidays. I usually go back to Spain to visit family and friends, but not this year. Someone told me about this popular fair in London. It seemed to me like a good plan for a day out. I found it a far more challenging place to take pictures. It was crammed with people. The was no space left to walk. It was cold (December, what would you expect), but sunny (Not expected at all). I focused more on taking pictures of the amusements. Roller coasters, Ferris wheel, carousels, carnivals, the usual stuff you can find in fair. I wonder how this place would look empty, like shown in those pictures of abandoned places.

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I took this one in Leeds Castle, in Kent, UK.

After visiting the castle and its surroundings I ended almost at night in a small amusements park where children could spend a bit of time playing in this things, and their parents relax a bit having a coffee.  Or just grab some pictures, as I did. I have mixed feelings with carnivals. I find them a bit creepy and at the same time they remind me of my childhood. Weird connection. Those wooden horses with their names painted seem to look at you, don’t they?