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landscape creating inspiration

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Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labour in freedom. Albert Einstein

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Introduction

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This book is the final product of a 3-month-long photographic project. It`s an experiment, a growth and an achievement. It`s a way of expressing yourself. It`s a start and by all means is it not an end. It`s a book that focuses on the connection between images and text, and the way they combine in order to represent an area of interest. But never mind what the original brief says. It`s a book about a lovely area that energizes and inspires me. With its lively and artistic atmosphere, it combines both old and new architectural masterpieces. It`s a place that enables you to convey a message and be heard in response. It`s an area that communicates through art and performance. Do you like entertainment, movies or pieces of art? There is everything for everyone. There is singing. There is dance. There is amazement. You`re guaranteed to leave with a nice taste in your mouth, and it is definitely a refreshment to the dullness of everyday life. Beware because it touches even the hardest stones of hearts. You can fall in love with it, especially if you`re experiencing its powers during the summer. It`s simply Southbank in London, UK.


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Through my gold-tinted Gucci sunglasses, the sightseers. Big Ben`s quarter chime strikes the convoy of number 12 buses that bleeds into the city`s monochrome.

Through somebody`s zoom lens, me shouting to you, `Hello ...on...bridge...’minster!’ The aerial view postcard, the man writing squat words like black cabs in rush hour.

The South You kiss We enter where I think, `Space

Bank buzzes with a rising treble. my cheek, formal as a blind date. Cupid`s Capsule, a thought bubble age!’, you think, `She was late.’

Big Ben strikes six, my SKIN.Beat blinks, replies 18.02. We`re moving anti-clockwise. Patience Agbabi

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I may not know it But these are the moments that I’m gonna remember most, yeah Just gotta keep going And I, I got to be strong Just keep pushing on

‘Cause there’s always gonna be another mountain I’m always gonna wanna make it move Always gonna be an uphill battle Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose Ain’t about how fast I get there Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side It’s the climb, yeah! There’s always gonna be another mountain I’m always gonna wanna make it move Always gonna be an uphill battle Somebody’s gonna have to lose Ain’t about how fast I get there Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side It’s the climb, yeah!

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Keep on moving, keep climbing Keep the faith, baby It’s all about, it’s all about the climb Keep the faith, keep your faith, whoa

I can almost see it That dream I am dreaming But there’s a voice inside my head saying “You’ll never reach it” Every step I’m taking Every move I make feels Lost with no direction My faith is shaking But I gotta keep trying Gotta keep my head held high There’s always gonna be another mountain I’m always gonna wanna make it move Always gonna be an uphill battle Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose Ain’t about how fast I get there Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side It’s the climb The struggles I’m facing The chances I’m taking Sometimes might knock me down But no, I’m not breaking

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Southbank has always been a sanctuary for me. Ever since I was 12 I would skate up there to meet friends, calm myself down and see what`s new. I find it to be a place that is not only calming, but also very lively when there are festivals on.

Southbank is a place for problems to be forgotten. Lee Pritchard Student,University of Greenwich Permanent resident of london

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The place I think of when thinking of Southbank is actually just off Southbank in the tunnels under Waterloo station. You wouldn’t know it existed unless you went through it. The entire tunnel is covered in graffiti or whatever the artistic name for it is. It is certain parts are interesting to photograph. I like doing model shoots down there as the background is eyecatching, especially with a shallow depth of field.

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Shooting at night time is also tempting, especially with the lights from the buildings from the Northbank in the background. Although I haven’t done it yet, I am planning on shooting a model there soon. I need to find a good hard light to light the subject, but I am sure it would look great.

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Photographing the skateboarders and BMXers looks interesting, and there are a lot around the National Theatre area. There are also fire spinning events on the beach, and they can look very spectacular and can produce some interesting shots. You definitely need a good tripod though, or if you are very steady a monopod, to make the background look steady whilst the fire performers run around (being good with manual focus helps as well).

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On Waterloo Bridge, where we said our goodbyes, The weather conditions bring tears to my eyes. I wipe them away with a black woolly glove And try not to notice I`ve fallen in love.

On Waterloo Bridge I am trying to This is nothing. You`re high on the charm and the But the juke-box inside me is playing That says something different. And when was it

think: drink. a song wrong?

On Waterloo Bridge with the wind in my hair I am tempted to skip. You`re a fool. I don`t care. The head does its best but the heart is the boss – I admit it before I am halfway across. Wendy Cope

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Established as the first free running competition in the world in 2007, Red Bull Art of Motion made its long awaited UK debut in London in March. A special course was designed at the site of the Royal National Theatre, and the days of the competition happened to be the days of me photographing the area. The event was a great success with spectators filling the whole area of the National Theatre, and about half of Waterloo Bridge trying to see what`s happening at the course. A big surprise to me and my sister was the fact that a Bulgarian boy was competing in the competition, and an even bigger surprise was him having won the same competition in 2009. During the first round of the competition, each of the competitors has 80 seconds to freestyle across the course, showing off on and utilising several different obstacles and features. Based on their run, the top twelve contestants then advance to the finals, where four of parkour`s most recognisable names are given the task of judging the contestants based on four skill sets: creativity, execution, flow, and technical difficulty. The winner this year is the UK competitor Tim Shieff. It was a really interesting event to see but a challenge to photograph. For the first time during the process of me taking photographs, I felt the lack of skills and equipment. The use of tripod was impossible in the crowd thus photographing the moving contestants was hard. I also realized that having a number of different lenses is a must in the field of photography.

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During the summer, on the occasions when the tide of the river Thames is low, some of my friends like to spend time at the Dirty beach. A number of them have been practising circus and performing arts for years and most of these involve props such as poi, staff or hoops. Each of these props has a version modified to include fire, and the Dirty beach is one of the places my friends prefer when it comes to playing with it. The events they organize are called ‘Burn the beach’ and welcome both performers and hobbyists from all levels. These events are usually done for fun, with the purpose of people meeting new friends, sharing knowledge about the arts of their interest and enjoying themselves. Sometimes the meets turn into performances that entertain and gather a lot of spectators. Money donations are welcome. It`s a fact that fire is dangerous and not one person is insured from getting burns, my friends included. That`s why people are advised to stay at a safe distance during performances and to never try the things they see on their own. Medical help is not available at the beach. If somebody is interested in trying a performing art, they are always welcome to join us on our regular Tuesday meets at the Rag factory in London’s Brick Lane.

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I have been living in London for the past six months, and I still remember very clearly the first time I visited the Southbank. Strangely enough, what impressed me the most on my visit there was a band of Romanian musicians, performing traditional Balkan music. I believe one of the reasons because of which I was so touched back then was the fact that this band reminded me of my home country (Bulgaria). Another thing I really liked was the freedom of performance and the lively atmosphere. Lora Todorova Student,Kingston University London Experience: 6 months

Southbank and it can certainly remind you of the homeland.

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I love London. I`ve always wanted to come and today is a dream come true. I haven`t seen much, but everything looks amazing. Have you been on the top of a double-decker? Unbelievable. This place (Southbank) is awesome. There are so many people around, there is music and performances. My favourite thing has to be the London Eye. I can`t wait to see London from up there (pointing towards the very top of the London Eye). I have to go. Good luck with your book.

It`s so refreshing. Anna Xenakis Greek Tourist London Experience: 1 day

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I’ve been finding Southbank very interesting ever since I moved to London 2 years ago. The Waterloo area is my favorite. I think it’s very entertaining with all the performers and skaters around. The view is very beautiful. Perfect for taking photos or drawing the landscape. I find the galleries very inspirational places to visit as well. The bright lights and the poi performers on the beach create a very exciting atmosphere at night.

I love it!

Elly Vassileva Student,Tower Hamlets College London Experience: 2 years

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This book contains materials from the following sources:

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goes to: - for sharing their true opinions and * photographic reviews about the area of my interest, and without a doubt an area they love as well. * my classmates - for continuously contributing with ideas and sharing their invaluable photographic knowledge. * my teachers - for giving out interesting briefs and helping us expand our skills, and knowlegde in different areas. * Joe Green (Photographic Technician @ the University of Greenwich,London) - for sharing his knowledge about Photography and DSLR cameras, and always finding a spare camera to lend when needed for my photographic experiments. * my sister - for keeping me company and playing the role of an assistant during the process. * Anna Xenakis - for kindly contributing to the making of this book while enjoying her second day in London.

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thank you my friends A big

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I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the making of this book.

Gerard Benson (ed.), Judith Chernaik (ed.), Cicely Herbert (ed.): “London poems on the Underground”, Underground Poems Community Interest Company, London, 2009, p. 18, p. 23 Albert Einstein: “Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labour in freedom.”, in: The Quotations Archive, Quotations about Inspiration, Product of Aphids Communications, Database development by Stan Taylor and Susan Brumbaugh. Site content and maintenance by Susan Brumbaugh. <http://www.aphids.com/cgi-bin/quotes.pl?act=ShowListingsFo rSub&Subject=S47> (Accessed on 4 April 2011) Mike Maven, nick jonas lover101 (ed.): Miley Cyrus - The Climb Lyrics, in: Miley Cyrus Lyrics, eLyrics.net, 2011 <http://www.elyrics.net/read/m/miley-cyrus-lyrics/theclimb-lyrics.html> (Accessed on 9 April 2011) Red Bull: Red Bull Art of Motion London 2011, About, Red Bull Art of Motion London final results, in: Sports, Red Bull Art of Motion, redbull.co.uk, 2011 <http://www.redbull.co.uk/cs/Satellite/en_UK/Event/redbull-art-of-motion-021242949515029> (Accessed on 23 March 2011)

Publisher: www.blurb.com Author, Photographer & Designer: Vanya Vasileva E: vanyavvasileva@gmail.com W: vanyavasileva.wordpress.com London @ 2011 All rights reserved.



Southbank - Landscape Creating Inspiration