This photo is of the bandstand in Beckenham Recreation ground. I don’t think I’ve been in this park in 20 years, even though its not very far from me, but as a young teenager it was a regular haunt.
The photo brought lots of things to mind:
- Social and personal history: David Bowie played on this bandstand in 1969 Link.
- Daily life: the shot was taken in the early afternoon and I was surprised to find the park so empty when stepping outside of its gates life was teaming all around.
- Beauty: just how pretty and serene the whole scene was.
When first learning photography I was encouraged to think about framing photos like this more dynamically by positioning the bandstand to one side of the frame. I chose not to here because the scene is one of stillness – so dynamic framing would counter that connotation.
I think on review I should have moved slightly left and lined up the stairs exactly square to me, but I am too tired to go back and reshoot it.
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