National Trust

For my National Trust shoot, my locations where Bath, Cambridge, (The Shard originally) now Monument, Kew Garden and Natural History Museum. I did have problems when planning this shoot, with Bath and Cambridge I didn’t have a set date on when I was going to do because of the weather, I kept looking at the weather apps and when I saw that it was going to be sunny I booked the trips. This made the trip quite expensive, but I really had a nice time at both of the places. I did a day trip to both place, one after another. I spent about 7 to 9 hours in the two locations which was more than enough time. There were a few problems with Cambridge, the locations that I planned I did have problems because its based in the uni which made it hard.

Kew Gardens was the first location that I went to, again I did have problems. One of the places in the area, the Waterlily House is closed during the winter which I found out there, I did have a look online after and it did say on the website.

The View from the Shard originally, now Monument to the Great Fire of London. I saw tickets for the Shard before the sign off date, I then waited to get this project signed off and I then went back onto the website to find out the tickets have been sold out. What I should have done was buy the ticket anyway and then if I don’t get the project signed off I could have gone anyway. Towards the end of the project I did see tickets for the Shard, but due to the weather it hasn’t been a good time to take the photos. Even went I went to take photos at Monument and Tower Bridge, it was very cloudy.

The last location was Natural History Museum, luckily I didn’t have any problems apart from that it was very busy. I first went to the Natural History Museum during the enhancement week but it was also half term. I didn’t even make it inside, so I went the the science museum to see the Illuminating India: Photography 1857 – 2017. I then went again the following week, it was less busy but there was people around.

Overall going to each of the places was really fun, I have always liked location work. I do think my planning for the shoot was bad, I should have done some more research to see what’s open and what’s closed.

For all of the locations I did have dry weather most of the time which helped, although it was cloudy most of the time.

I am pleased with the way my photos came out. I don’t think I would have changed anything, I just have to make sure that next time check what’s open and closed.

4th March 2018 – For The View From The Shard, I looked at the website again. There were tickets to go to the Shard, but due to the weather (snow), I wouldn’t get the photos that I wanted. Some of the days that I went to take photos it was snowing but it wasn’t as bad as the recent snow from the 28th to the 3rd.

5th March 2018 – I think this project would have been better if it was set for the 3rd term, due to the weather most of my photo were with a grey sky, most of them I couldn’t us because of the weather.


Illuminating India: Photography 1857 – 2017

On the 15th February I went to the Science Museum to go to the Illuminating India: Photography 1857 – 2017, unfortunately taking photos wasn’t allowed.

Photographers involved: Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Vasantha Yogananthan.