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Did you guess my next destination right? This should be a pretty clear clue of my new adventure. Let’s get ready to know more about this place & the souls that lives around here.

Hello London! I’m currently leaving some free prints under the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster. Almost the entire structure is under renovation and it will be in this state for the next fuor years.

The very first time I came in London I was staying in Bayswater, then a rental house in Tower Bridge, Cricklewood as my third time here, and now my new location will be next to Victoria station. Totally ready to dip myself & my cameras into this lovely city. Thank you for having me again Uk!

“A programme of essential works to conserve the Elizabeth Tower, the Great Clock and the Great Bell, also known as Big Ben began in early 2017. The total overall cost of the project, including VAT, Risk and Optimism Bias and transferred fire safety work costs, is now estimated at £61m as opposed to £29m as estimated in spring 2016. To ensure that the UK’s most famous clock continues to keep time, our experts closely monitor the mechanism and carry out adjustments on a daily basis. The Elizabeth Tower, which is visited by around 12,000 people each year, is carefully conserved by Parliament’s heritage team. However, as extensive conservation works were last carried out more than 30 years ago (1983-1985), significant work and an investment of £61m is now required to ensure it remains in good condition and is safeguarded for future generations. As the Tower is 96 metres tall, scaffolding is needed to enable workers to reach high levels safely. Scaffolding will be dismantled as the work is completed from the top, and at least one clock face will be on show at all times. As a Grade I listed building within a UNESCO World Heritage site, the 160-year-old Tower is subject to listed building consent. This programme of works has been carefully planned in consultation with Historic England.
These works will: •Repair problems identified with the Elizabeth Tower and the Great Clock, which cannot be rectified whilst the clock is in action
•Conserve significant elements of the Tower, as designed by architects Charles Barry and Augustus Wellby Pugin
•Repair and redecorate the interior, renew the building services and carry out work to improve health and safety and fire prevention
•Increase energy efficiency to reduce the Tower’s environmental impact”

Source by parliament.uk

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”•Mark Twain

“A writer - and, I believe, generally all persons - must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.”
•Jorge Louis Borges.

“The first step - especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money - the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art.” •Chuck Palahniuk

“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” •Ansel Adams

More free prints for London! Three copies hidden somewhere on the Westminster bridge. Good hunt folks!

Do you ever get lost in someone else thoughts? Find the time to sit somewhere and talk to yourself. Communication is the key to a good relationship, especially with your other self.

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”•Mark Twain

Future Tokyo by @dankitchener. Go check out the full mural on Pedley Street for the full experience, full Blade Runner style with the classic British weather.

Brick Lane & Shoreditch in London are so full of street art that I don’t even know where to start. Every street on either side has artwork somewhere. A mix of interesting stuff, unique pieces and trendy shit. Basically is a giant treasure hunt thru the city. What’s your favorite mural folks?!

“All the world’s a stage, And all the man and woman merely players: They have their exits and their entrance; And one man in his time plays many parts.” William Shakespeare. By @akajimmyc

Spray cans, brushes, computers, printers, paper, paint, textures etc etc. What’s your favorite media folks? I’m currently preparing for a new street series and it involves all kinds of them. Thanks for the inspiration London!

Brick Lane is quite a trendy area at the moment, full of mainstream restaurants and shitty tourists traps that have started to tap into its popularity, but there are still plenty of gems around here. How to spot a good place? Just trust your eyes & your tastebuds instead of those fake internet reviews/stars. According to the signs on almost every restaurant window here It seems like everyone of those is the best place in town, even with no customers inside & no smell of cooking in the air. Pff!

Do you live in London or have you ever been in this city? If so, let me pick your mind for a minute and share with us which are your favorite things to do or see here in this fascinating city. I know the city kinda well, but I’m curious to know your thoughts & i hope I can learn something new from you. Don’t be shy!

 The GDP of London is significantly larger than that of several European countries, including Belgium and Sweden.

The GDP of London is significantly larger than that of several European countries, including Belgium and Sweden.

In September 1666 the Great Fire of London burned down the majority of the buildings of the medieval city inside the old Roman city wall. Karnaby House and several other historical house were built to transform the area into a new residential district. Some of these buildings still exists today & some would later form the basis of this important fashion district.

London is one of the best European capitals in terms of architectural variety. Here the old meets the new in a very fascinating way, including the big variety of souls that wonders thru those streets.

Welcome in one of my top 3 skate spots in the world. Featured in countless videos, as well as in Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4, this wonderful place is a combination of several key factor for a perfect location. Simple but amazing skate architecture, graffiti everywhere, efficient materials, rooftop & lights, lovely view, and it is located in the center of the city in a very tactical position. What a paradise!

The spiritual home of British skateboarding, South Bank’s Undercroft Park. This Mecca has more than 40 years of history on his back, which is a lot for this topic, and its probably one of the major melting pot for cultures & arts.

In 2013 there was a plan by the state to relocate the park in order to use this space for stores & restaurants. 27,282 person wrote a letter of objections, including the former director of the National Theatre, and after eighteen months of campaign the plans to redevelop the area were temporarily throw in the bin. Long live Southbank!