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‘Today we went to parts of London we've never explored before. Even though we were so close to the central tourist parts of London, we felt so far away from the city. Finding these quiet spots between the clusters of offices and skyscrapers was very strange and intriguing.'



On Thursday 5th March 2015, six A2 Photography students visited three different London locations in order to record from direct observation for their A2 Externally Set Assignment, worth 40% of their A2 course. Their theme entitled ‘ Flaws, Perfections, Ideals and Compromises’ combined with their personal interests suggested destinations for study such as; St Dunstan’s Church-in-the-East, Temple to Chancery Lane (The Inns of Court) and The Imperial War Museum.

The day began at 9.15am at Leatherhead station, where students met with their Miss Upson and travelled to Monument. Pupils walked a short distance, photographing scenes along the way. Students were given a short assignment as they travelled to and from each location. This involved shooting shapes, patterns, signs and other typography to form their own alphabet. The photographers’ either shot an image per letter or captured words to then later edit/crop to represent particular letters.

Students visited St Dunstan’s Church at the most perfect time in the day. At 11am the sun was shining and the stone was golden in the light with natural forms casting shadows on the Church’s facade. 

I am particularly proud of my St Dunstan Church photo-shoot. I captured one scene where the Church is laid out in front of the viewer in a horizontal format, with the arches and bell tower rising up ahead central to the picture. It has a good level of contrast and the sky’s ‘tie dye’ effect compliments the pure clear surface of the Church’s stone walls.’



After recording the perimeter of the square and the contents of the ruined Church, the class had a short break before embarking on a three mile tour of the Inns of Court. Students began their walk from Temple Tube Station, walked along Victoria Embankment, into Fountain Court and Middle Temple Lane. Along the way they stopped to capture Two Temple Place which once belonged to William Wardolf Astor during the late nineteenth century. Pupils photographed narrow cobbled streets between the New Court and Devereux Chambers, the Twining Tea Building and the Royal Courts of Justice on Fleet Street. Their tour ended by Chancery Lane Tube Station where the building frontage there retains its timber framing from the 1930’s. Some of the class have been particularly interested in recording different types of architecture and this was a key moment for them in the trip.

After lunch, the class travelled to their third and final photo-shoot location, The Imperial War Museum near Elephant & Castle Tube Station. Students toured the First World War Galleries on the ground floor. Students were interested in the way in which typography was applied differently throughout the exhibition; how words were ‘built’ and ‘disintegrated’ on film, how they overlapped and were carved into stone surfaces throughout the gallery. Pupils gained ideas of how to exhibit work for their final show in June 2015. Several commented that they liked how projection was used and had never thought of projecting onto different surfaces before. Two students are considering using books/diaries/handwritten typography inspired by the soldiers’ journals.

‘My favourite section of today’s visit was The Imperial War Museum. I found it the most meaningful and inspirational part of the day because I felt that I was able to relate my work most to that area. I also just enjoyed looking back over the history of our country.’