As I walked down the Millennium Bridge over the Thames after visiting St. Paul’s Cathedral, I heard some harmonious notes flowing from the other side of the bank. I quickly guessed from the sound of the instrument that someone was playing an accordion and although I couldn’t guess the language from the vocals, but needless to say, these vocals were astoundingly powerful and made a straight impact. Accompanying the vocalist were a guitarist and a cajón player, and this trio filled the air with harmony. I had previously seen and heard many street musicians in London but this little band indisputably produced the best of them all, none of the passersby could ignore them; everyone had at least a minute to spare for this beautiful sound of music.
It was bright and sunny, and though the weather was nippy but with this melodic music in the air, it seemed like a perfect day. I was in England on a business visit for a couple of weeks and had only one weekend to dedicate to shooting on the streets of London, and Saturday being drenched by rains and sullenly obscured by clouds, I was so happy to find that the Sunday was sunny indeed.
As I stood there at the footsteps of the millennium bridge listening to that beautiful music, I was stuck in a dilemma on where to head first, the Shakespeare Globe or the Tate Modern Art Gallery. Even though my agenda included mostly street photography but I couldn't help myself being a tourist and visit these wonderful places that were on my itinerary ever since I had packed my bags.
So after my visit to the wonderful Shakespeare Globe, I headed towards Tate. What waited for me was full of pleasant surprises, not only in terms of the exhibitions but also with respect to photography. One of the Exhibitions that I thoroughly enjoyed was that of William Klein + Daido Moriyama, but I am not going to talk about that. What really took me by surprise at the Tate Modern Art gallery was the architecture. The Turbine Hall, the Tanks, the Project Space, the empty stretches, the corridors, the stairs, the restaurant, the balconies overlooking the St. Paul’s across the Thames, every part of this building was equally artistic as the exhibitions.
And this architecture filled my pictures with some lovely geometry and I was so delighted to click in these beautiful spaces. I was shooting on film and I did screw up on the exposure using the same settings as yesterday which unlike today was full of gloomy weather. But nevertheless I had never been as happy as I was clicking in and around the Tate modern art gallery.
All in all the time spent in and around Tate was a tremendous experience and it’ll always stay fresh in my memories.