7th March 2010
Barbican Lake Terrace, London EC2Y 8DU
Do Something Different Weekend
Sometimes, the intense dramatic light you get during a bright late winter mid-afternoon, when the Sun’s already low in the sky, can be a real pain for a photographer. Leaving aside the fact that exposure levels are all over the shop depending on which direction you’re pointing, it’s really quite in the hands of the gods as to whether your subject is going to move unpredictably from the dark side to the light side, so to speak, and ruin the moment.
Anyway, it helps if you’re in a position like this, overlooking a dramatically lit terrace where you’ve less chance of making yourself blind in the pursuit of art.
The event today is another of the Barbican’s contributions to the not-very-long-lived [or well archived] East Festival, with another busy afternoon of family activities filling the various corners of the venue in their Do Something Different Weekend er, weekend.
All a bit too chaotic for us, so we move on to another part of the festival at the legendary Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, where a free concert by the London Gypsy Orchestra is taking place (though there isn’t quite room for all this lot…)