Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Reading List 5

This week the Reading List looks at the street photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson, twenty free London attractions, and the importance of saying "Thank You".

10 Things Henri Cartier-Bresson Can Teach You About Street Photography

Eric Kim, at Eric Kim Photography has put together a great photo essay outlining 10 Things Henri Cartier-Bresson Can Teach You About Street Photography.
Among Eric's suggestions: Focus on geometry, Be patient, Travel, Stick to one lens, Take photos of children (see image), Be unobtrusive, See the world like a painter, Don’t crop,  Don’t worry about processing, and Always strive for more. 
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There’s an excellent article over in the travel section of the BBC.COM website, outlining 20 free attractions in London. As the article, by Robert Reid states: No city in the world has more free stuff to do. In addition to admission-free world-class museums, there are parks, canal walks, supermarkets (Portobello Road Market at Notting Hill Gate, Camden Market at Chalk Farm Road, Columbia Road Flower Market in East London) and maybe even some royal-spotting to pass the time. The possibilities are endless.
As you would expect, all the heavyweights are here including the British Museum, Houses of Parliament, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, and National Portrait Gallery. But among Robert’s recommendations are some less well known sites like the British Film Institute's Mediatheque, which features four cinemas (not free) and the fun Mediatheque, where you can peruse the DTV/film archives and watch items for free.
The there is the Museum of London, of which Robert writes, “Off the radar to most visitors, yet one of the city's great attractions, this museum offers a walk through London's various incarnations - from Thames Valley geological history, to Anglo-Saxons and 21st-Century bankers.”
He also offers the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, the Photographers' Gallery, Serpentine Gallery (in Kensington Gardens), and others. All in all, it is a great list to get you started if you are planning a visit to London at any time.
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Uncornered Market on The Importance of Saying Thank You

Daniel Noll over at the Uncornered Market has been musing on the importance of saying Thank You as you travel the world. He begins…
This is about saying thank you: why we do it, the ways we do it, the cheapening of it, the deepening of it. And why, when you’re traveling, it’s one of the most important words to know in the local language.
Thank you. For travelers, it’s no wonder those words are among the first our guidebooks suggest we learn. With such a simple expression, satisfaction is affirmed, respect is underscored, roads of goodwill are paved and we are bound to one another just a little bit more than we otherwise might have been. Read full article here...

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