Photo-Walks #01

Chinatown, Central London

The last photo-walk I took was a very cold and exceptionally windy London day and there were about seven or eight of us. The leader was Stephen (Stiv) from Kodak.

I took the walk out of curiosity and a desire to meet other people interested in film photography. Mostly we were film-based users except one who was sporting a Fuji digital x100 camera. We didn’t go very far and we were limited to one and a half hours as our leader Stiv had to get back. When he left, the group wanted to keep going but were unfamiliar with London, consequently I took over and helped them get around to areas in the city that they were interested in. So this started me thinking, what if I gave photo walks around London… maybe I could earn enough money to pay for my film addiction!

Needless to say, that thought kicked off several other thoughts, such as how to advertise it, what would people want to get out of a photo-walk (guided tour) and what could I charge?

Who am I

Firstly, I have been shooting film for approximately 50 years in all formats 35mm to 8×10. I have worked in the Photo Lab industry for 10 years in various capacities such as Custom Black and White printer, Custom Colour Printer and a few other rungs on the ladder up to and including Lab Manager for Canada’s second largest Custom Photo lab (no longer in business, as digital knocked a lot of analogue companies for a loop).

I have been walking/traversing London to and from all points of the compass for well over 10 years now and almost know it like a Black Cab. Although, I don’t do remembering street names unfortunately, otherwise I could do the Knowledge that all Black Cabs have to take. So I feel well placed to take people to areas rich in what they are looking for, such as people, architecture, street shooting etc. You can see the results of the past 10 years at the following url’s.

Now with that in mind I have created three different walks, each with their own characteristics. If you are interested in participating on any of the walks you can contact me at: tom.ricesmyth@gmail.com.

NB = F* indicates full

Soho, Central London

NB = F* indicates full

Walk #1 ICA to Photographers Gallery (2-4 hours, cost £15.00 per person)

Dates:

  • May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
  • June 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

To secure a spot contact me at: tom.ricesmyth@gmail.com.

Itinerary

The walk starts at the ICA and concludes at The Photographers Gallery via Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Sq., Chinatown and finally around Soho.

Carnaby Street, Soho, Central London

Chinatown, Central London

Soho, Central London

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