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London, England - Eve of Chinese New Year - 30th January 2003

Posted by Edmond on Wednesday, March 5, 2003 · Comments (0)

Braving the aftermath of the snow and work commitments to meet with friends at Leciester Square for Chinese New Year Eve and catch up on happenings around the area. Followed by night photos of a snowed-under Ealing outside the block where I reside.

I was nervous travelling out to London, fearing that the rail and tube system would be still suffering from the problems caused by the snow. Fortunately much of the snow around the City had melted so I was looking forward to some quick photo taking after dinner. Thus it was a shame that the snow had kept me from attending the fireworks at the Tate Modern/Millenium Bridge that night.

Those Sydneysiders and Australians that have been to Sydney Chinatown know that Leceister Square Chinatown is microscopic in comparison. So it was hard finding interesting subjects and viewpoints around the area - other than the rickshaw that was parked in front of the oriental archway (see photo). There were also no market stalls present in the square yet. Instead, I focused on capturing more of the oriental themes as well as the movement and colour around Chinatown. And unfortunately we did not stay for long due to the tube problems caused by the snow.

On arriving home, I took more photos of the snow outside the block of flats where I live. Suddenly Ealing had been transformed from a dull borough into a winter wonderland. There was still a thick layer of snow outside Ealing all over the trees, parks and gardens. And the reddish glow of the streetlamps reflecting off the snow presented a deceptive warmth to the surrounding streets and gardens.

All photos taken with a Canon EOS 300V with 28-90mm lense. Fuji Superia ISO 400 film. Did not bother using a tripod but instead mounted the camera whereever there was sufficient support.

Edmond, 2002