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The Building with The Bell

Looking straight across, the fan light, the strong vertical lines and the cross create a strong visual contrast with each other as well the light.

Looking straight across, the fan light, the strong vertical lines and the cross create a strong visual contrast with each other as well the light.

Looking down from the 11th floor, you see the escalators at the bottom and the offices surrounding the atrium. I liked the fact that my feet's reflection against the glass almost give an impression of me 'walking' over the empty space.

Looking down from the 11th floor, you see the escalators at the bottom and the offices surrounding the atrium. I liked the fact that my feet’s reflection against the glass almost give an impression of me ‘walking’ over the empty space.

It is not often that I get the opportunity (or misfortune – however you see it) to enter one of the towering buildings that loom over you as your bus winds and grinds its way through the CBD of London.
A while ago I visited the Lloyd’s building where as you walk into the central atrium, you are greeted by the now-silent Lutine Bell (it would be rung once to notify of a ship sinking, twice for the recovery of a sunken ship), a log book with details going further back than the sinking of the Titanic and 11 storeys of open space above.
With its harsh 80s architecture, from the outside it is hard to imagine the more obvious beauty that is quite literally at its heart – although there is a certain Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-esque thrill to ascending 11 floors entirely on the outside of a building.
The view from the top: spectacular.

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Silhouettes and Sand

There are few things more surprising than a British summer, and I have been lucky enough to indulge in the sunshine.

A view from my hostel bed where I stayed for my first ever surfing holiday!

A view from my hostel bed where I stayed for my first ever surfing holiday!

Taken at Trafalgar Square screening of Tosca, sunset light creates a warmth to the statue creating a powerful contrast with the onlooking man.

Taken at Trafalgar Square screening of Tosca, sunset light creates a warmth to the statue creating a powerful contrast with the onlooking man.

New Year. New Camera. New Phone.

I feel overindulged. Spoilt. I feel like I should be demanding hip hop horses and a sweet 16 (missed the boat by several years but regression can occur on demand). I have been so lucky.

Sometimes I catch myself gazing into the face of my shiny new iPhone, and then realise I look like a narcissistic prat checking out my reflection. This is the problem with smart phones. They are addictive. I have become obsessed with Instagram (follow me on http://instagram.com/leilalook/ ). Unhealthy. So Good.

Oh. And London’s been pretty damn good-looking and photogenic recently.

Anyways. Here are the recent products.

Snow just makes London look so much cleaner!

Snow just makes London look so much cleaner!

This (woman?) was hanging out in the park at the bottom of my road, rocking the naked with leaves look. It was too hard to resist

This (woman?) was hanging out in the park at the bottom of my road, rocking the naked with leaves look. It was too hard to resist

Always so impressed with the creations I find on street corners

Always so impressed with the creations I find on street corners

Shoreditch Graffiti Take 2

Can’t stop listening to this either. Her voice in particular is so enchanting:

Autumn Leaving

At the end of the road near my university, is a beautiful park which everyday I walk past, and since October have been following the rapid changes in the leaves. Finally today I remembered (not so loved) camera and took a few pictures, just to try capture the broad spectrum of oranges and reds that have dappled the trees.

Just as I walked into the park I realised that the two trees at the other end created this rather wonderful impression!

I just loved this little window of green shuttered by the fallen and soon to fall leaves.