Usually during an interview, it’s easy to spot the reason behind each question you might be asked. Interviewers want to find out as much about you as possible, in as short a time as possible.
I was once asked which was my favourite place in the world to take photos and what specifically did I like to capture. I must admit, I was rather puzzled, as the interview wasn’t for a travel reporter’s job or anything vaguely to do with the question. I assumed they just wanted to find out how widely travelled I was and possibly how boring. I tried to think of the most exotic place I’d been and remembered the photos I’d taken but try as I might, I just couldn’t think of anywhere better to photograph than London.
But how could I say my favourite place to take photos was London? If I was right and they wanted to know where I’d been in the world, it wasn’t very impressive to know I’d managed to make it about fifty miles up the road from my home, to the capital. But the more I thought about the variety of shots one could take in London, the more I knew that was what I was going to say. So, apologetically, I gave my answer and then one of my favourite locations in London to go on a photoshoot. Thankfully, both the interviewers seemed quite happy with my choice.
With the benefit of hindsight, I still wouldn’t say anywhere other than London. I’ve since been to several other places, including Australia and Indonesia, both of which were as beautiful as they were fascinating but London still wins.
My favourite photoshooting stroll starts at the Tower of London, across Tower Bridge and then along the South Bank towards the London Eye. I always pop into the Tate Modern to see what’s on display, then into Hays Galleria, with the fabulously imaginative fountain. I then amble past Southwark Cathedral and often go into the very colourful Borough Market. The street performers along by the London Eye are always spectacular and almost worth a trip on their own, as is the skateboard park where lots of action shots of skateboarders and cyclists are possible. Past the London Eye, I cross Westminster Bridge taking in the Houses of Parliament and then it’s home by whichever way I fancy.
I guess Samuel Johnson knew a thing or two when he said “You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
In my ebook ‘Daffodil and the Thin Place’, Daffodil looks out from the top of Church Hill outside St. Nicholas Church, little suspecting that she’s looking at the world many years before she is born. She’s amazed that she can’t see the roads, factories, houses and in fact, nothing of Basildon which hadn’t yet been built. Today, when you stand on Church Hill and look west, if the day is clear, you can just see Canary Wharf and the Shard, so you know you are seeing London. I wouldn’t think there were any buildings tall enough in the Victorian times to have been visible to Daffodil but if her eyesight had been good enough, she would have been able to see London too. If you’d like to find out more, you can purchase the ebook here from the Muse It Up Publishing website. All profits from the sale of the ebook ‘Daffodil and the Thin Place’ will go towards the renovation and upkeep of the ancient church of St. Nicholas, Laindon with Dunton, Essex where the story takes place. #MuseItUp #DaffodilAndTheThinPlace