A photo a day – national identity

Today’s photo offers some symbolism. As is usual for a Sunday, (Yesterday) I wheeled to the local shop to get the papers. It was a gorgeous winter morning cold – but not uncomfortably so – with the world presented in crisp lovely colours – very different from the drab grey winter days of the recent past.

Indeed I had intended to offer this type of image to convey that feeling.


But while this image provided a sense of the weather and season it was a wholly different type of image that I finally selected out of yesterday’s shots.

The colours and tones are cooler and represent the weather better but the key difference is that the image is so full of symbolism and quintessentially British. St Georges Church flying the cross of St George flies in the uppermost corner and is preceded by the dominant vista of Marks and Spencer, and its car park. As such the image oozes the evocation of an English Sunday. Not the imagined Sundays of football, walks in the country, and pub lunches, but real Sundays, shopping, shopping, shopping.  I just wish I had remembered to dial the ISO back to 100 from 1600 and then the image might have been acceptable – we all learn from our mistakes.

About Pete

South Londoner struggling with life, art and photography.
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