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Grenfell Tower - The aftermath of the fire tragedy
15th June 2017 - 0 comments


I went for stroll towards Grenfell Tower this afternoon. I live about 15 minutes walk from Ladbroke Grove/Latimer Road area. All you can smell even before you even reach the area is the stench of burning plastic, which I think is very odd after a major fire.

It was pretty sombre there as people who came to look, just stood in disbelief at not just the size of the building, but the black, charred shell that it is now. To think that the unfortunate souls who did not make it remain inside, whilst people on the streets were still putting up 'Missing' posters in the area just hoping and praying for a miracle.

I popped into a couple churches and charities to ask if they needed any help/items, but they have been so overwhelmed with the generosity of people that many are now turning people away. There was a huge sense of local community spirit which was really great to see.

No surprise that, that Theresa May went to visit and ONLY decided to speak to the firemen. Whilst in contrast Jeremy Corbyn also visited and went to chat and listen to the locals who are quite rightly angry at what happened. Actions speak louder than words.

Everyone is still waiting to hear from Kensington & Chelsea Council, who still have yet to make a statement.

Have to show huge respect to the fire fighters who risked their own lives to try and rescue residents and put the massive fire out. They are the real heroes.

The truth will come out and hopefully justice will prevail for those affected by this shocking tragedy, that probably could have been avoided.
London Bridge Station, London
04th June 2017 - 0 comments


London Bridge Station, London
London is a beautiful, diverse, and resilient city. And we who are lucky enough to call it home are not afraid. We are made of stronger stuff than cowardly individuals who seek to do harm and invoke fear in the name of "religion."

We will keep calm and carry on.
Wishing you a Happy New Year 2017
01st January 2017 - 0 comments


And so a brand New Year begins...

I had a great past year in terms of my work and photography projects, the people I have met, the mistakes made and the lessons I have learnt, and the new friendships formed among many positive things. Thank you to those who have helped me, supported and put up with me!

I hope to do more travelling, exhibitions, projects and of course take more photos this year. I will continue to keep helping others, giving my time and sharing my work to those who appreciate it.

With my best Instagram posts of 2016, I'd like to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope 2017 is good to you and everything you want it to be!!! 😊
Blackout in London's Soho on Black Friday
26th November 2016 - 0 comments
Blackout in London's Soho on Black Friday


© Linda Wisdom

Piccadilly Circus advertising boards lights out during power cut tonight! Other affected areas included Soho, Chinatown, & most of West End London.
Portobello Road, Notting Hill selfie
17th October 2016 - 0 comments

A West London selfie taken during a photo walk through Portobello Road, Notting Hill Gate, London.
Filming in London for new project coming soon
12th October 2016 - 0 comments


A looong but fun day filming around Portobello Road, Notting Hill, Soho, Chinatown and Shoreditch, London for a new photography project coming soon! :-)
Crack o' dawn over Maida Vale London
09th September 2016 - 0 comments


Crack o' dawn view of Maida Vale, London from my window. I went back to bed afterwards as I can't remember why I was up so early!? :-)
An Ideal for Living: photography Exhibition at Beetles + Huxley gallery
30th July 2016 - 0 comments
Check out the new An Ideal for Living exhibition at Huxley + Beetles gallery in Mayfair, London. The exhibition opened on 27 July and will continue to run until 17 September 2016. I'm planning to go see it over the weekend.

I created a We Shoot People Meetup event including a gallery visit plus a street photo walk around central London afterwards if you wish to join us.



"An Ideal for Living is an exhibition about how photographers have perceived class, culture and identity in modern Britain. Drawing on the work of 29 diverse photographers, it considers how photographing Britain has contributed to the creation of a collective national identity. The exhibition shows the variety and creativity with which photographers have sought to document what they consider to be a particularly British way of life from the 1920s to now.

The exhibition opens with photographs of British life in the interwar period. Photographs by Emil Otto Hoppé, Bill Brandt and Henri Cartier-Bresson show the early preoccupation with documenting the British class system. Brandt's landmark photobook, The English at Home (1936), cast a satirical look over social divides and notions of English propriety. The publication would go on to become a benchmark for photographers seeking to comment on the idiosyncrasies of the British class system as it has developed and subdivided through the course of the last century."


Beetles + Huxley is situated at 3-5 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DE (closest tube stations Piccadilly or Green park)
Shoreditch cat is a natural in front of the camera
24th May 2016 - 0 comments


Shoreditch cat is a natural in front of the camera.

I am a cat lover and love candidly photographing them if I see one during my photo walks. As I was walking down an East London street, I noticed this cute cat in the window, just sitting there a bit bored, so I spent a couple minutes playing chase my finger, which she seemed to love! I didn't want to go, but thought I'd take a photo so I could remember this beautiful, photogenic cat. As I took the shot, it looked straight down my camera lens!
RIP Prince
21st April 2016 - 0 comments






I'm shocked and saddened to hear the sudden news about Prince. You see, Prince was my childhood musical idol. I became a fan when I was 13 years old. I went to my first gig when I was 17 years old and was very lucky to have seen him live over 30+ more times, and so I have some happy concert memories: I once got to shake his hand (didn't wash my hand for 48 hours!), at a very early after-party gig, Prince stage-dived and I was one of the fans in the crowd who got to hold him up as he crowd-surfed, I've touched one of his guitars as he handed it to fans in the front row, I've been front of stage several times, made eye contact with him (which converted me to jelly every time), I saw him perform with Amy Winehouse, I've queued outside in the Winter cold and rain for over 8 hours+ just so I had a chance of front row tickets (which I got).

I literally did anything to see & hear Prince perform live whenever he was in London. Why? for the reasons that he was a one of a kind, versatile, creative genius. A once in a lifetime musical legend, a pioneer, the likes of which we will never ever see again.

I am privileged to have witnessed his classic, and still one of my favourite songs, 'Purple Rain' played live. Each time he performed it, I sensed something very spiritual that I cannot explain, touching my heart & soul just like it did the first time I ever heard it! Anyway, thank you Prince Rogers Nelson for your one of a kind talent & brilliance. I will keep all these and more happy memories with me always.

‪#‎RIPPrince
Symmetry of Strangers
29th March 2016 - 0 comments
As humans, I think most of us feel the need to connect with other human beings in some way, whether instinctively or subconsciously. As a street photographer, I often always notice the 'mirroring' behaviours of others, which I find interesting to observe from both a photography & psychology point of view. It is quite entertaining to watch complete strangers engage in these mannerisms, especially if you are an avid people watcher like me, equipped with a camera!



"Mirroring is the behaviour in which one person subconsciously imitates the gesture, speech pattern, or attitude of another. Mirroring often occurs in social situations, particularly in the company of close friends or family. The concept often affects other individual's notions about the individual that is exhibiting mirroring behaviour, which can lead to the individual building rapport with others.



Mirroring is the subconscious replication of another person's nonverbal signals. This concept takes place in everyday interactions, and often goes unnoticed by both the person enacting the mirroring behaviour as well as the individual who is being mirrored. The activation of mirror neurons takes place within the individual who begins to mirror another's movements, and allows them a greater connection and understanding with the individual who they are mirroring, as well as allowing the individual who is being mirrored to feel a stronger connection with the other individual."


Steve McCurry Exhibition - Beetles & Huxley gallery
19th March 2016 - 0 comments
Today was the last day of a Steve McCurry exhibition at Beetles & Huxley gallery in Piccadilly, London. The exbitiion displayed a cross-section of works from his long photography career. If you have never heard of Steve McCurry, he is a veteran photojournalist spanning over 30 years. His most well known portrait, known as the Afghan Girl, which became one of the most iconic images of the twentieth century after it was featured as cover of National Geographic magazine.



Kind words from a website visitor
02nd March 2016 - 0 comments
It brightens up my day when I receive lovely messages about my photos, like this one from a chap named Rex who emailed me recently. Thanks for your kind words Rex, most appreciated! :-)

Oh, the photo Rex is referring to is the one below, that I took in Brick Lane, London | 2011.



A sketch of a street portrait photo
11th February 2016 - 0 comments




Occasionally I get requests from artists who want to sketch or paint one of my street portraits. This drawing of my Man and His Dog street portrait photo is by a photographer/artist named Martin Turner.

I am quite impressed with the final results. Apparently it took some 40 hours (give or take and was sketched using Graphite on A3 Bristol Board for all your tech spec fans. What do you think?
David Bowie memorial Brixton London
23rd January 2016 - 0 comments


David Bowie memorial Brixton London

I had a scheduled photo walk Meetup with We Shoot People in Brixton this Saturday afternoon with We Shoot People. So, thought I would get there ahead of schedule to pay a visit to the Bowie memorial wall first as I felt I needed to go and say goodbye to the Starman.

I was pretty taken aback to be honest with the ever growing shrine of flowers, fan memorabilia, & personal gifts left by mourning fans, two weeks on from his passing on 10th January 2016. I saw a few people in tears, still adding tribute messages on the walls by the artwork mural. Sad, reflective, overwhelming, but amazing love in the air for the David Bowie. You are truly missed.
Keep walking until your camera batteries die! - London photography
19th September 2015 - 0 comments
I woke up full of energy on Saturday morning and I decided was going to have one of those spontaneous photo walks where you just pack ALL your camera(s), zoom lenses, prime lens, tons of batteries and memory cards into your bag and just set off after breakfast. The sun was out, I had my headphones on, I was ready to go..

I hadn't been to Golborn Road/Portobello Road Market for ages, and being a local haunt, this is where my adventure began....after weaving up and down the many colourful side roads of Notting Hill Gate and exploring the market from head to toe, my work around here was done.



Next stop was unplanned... just got on at Notting Hill Gate tube and took the Central Line to Chancery Lane... wasn't really much going on here, so walked down to Holborn area and popped into the British Museum briefly as hadn't been in there for ages. Always love the light on a sunny day.



Took a shortcut over to Covent Garden. Mega busy as expected, I hadn't had time to see the new art 100,000 white balloons installation by French artist Charles Pétillon properly, so dropped by.



Next stop... Westminster via a walk over to Trafalgar Square and down Whitehall. Enroute I visited Horse Guard Parade. I hadn't been there for years. Amusing seeing the number of tourists queuing up to take selfies with the on guard trooper, who then walks off when he is scheduled to do so. The batteries on my Sony RX100 ran out, so was time to switch to my Panasonic Lumix camera.



Got to Westminster and milled around a bit, then headed across the Westminster Bridge down to Southbank/Waterloo area and hung around until the light started to dip.



Got a few shots of the dusk skyline including Big Ben, the London Eye and the Wonderground and then I decided to call it a day and head home with a bag of dead batteries and a memory card or two full of images :)

Giant Polar Bear in London - People vs Shell protest
11th September 2015 - 0 comments
Doing my small bit for ‪‎Greenpeace‬.

There's a giant mechanical polar bear named Aurora, stationed outside the ‪#Shell‬ HQ building, London, protesting against Artic drilling.

http://peoplevsshell.tumblr.com/



#‎articroar‬ ‪#‎stopdrilling‬ ‪#‎peoplevsshell‬
Photo-bombed in Shoreditch - London Street Photography
08th September 2015 - 0 comments
A mischievous police officer decided to photobomb this street portrait photography shoot I did in Shoreditch, East London. The funny thing is I didn't notice until I loaded my camera memory card into my computer and viewed the image!

When an artist paints one of your photographs
23rd September 2014 - 0 comments
When an artist paints one of your photographs

I received an email from a Facebook friend Lucy who is an artist (painter) a while ago asking if she could paint one of my street photography images. Of course I said yes as I was really intrigued as to what their interpretation of one of my street photography images would look like in paint.

I sent them a jpeg of the photo they were interested in painting, went for lunch. By the time I had finished my lunch she had emailed to say the painting was done!!

Anyway, below is the painting impression of my image! We have since named the man in the picture 'Mr Pret' for obvious reasons!

Here is the original photo:


and the painting!
When Sociology Influences Street Photography
09th September 2014 - 0 comments
I received this interesting email in my inbox the other day from Melanie, a lady who had visited my website and was interested in buying some prints of mine.

It was a unique email in that she is a professional sociologist who was curious about my images. I have copied her email and my response below…

“Linda, your pictures are simply wonderful, and I am definitely going to buy some prints. However, I was wondering about the background stories to the photographs, as I would love to know the context of your shoots. There are so many that I think are absolutely evocative about time, place and person – that sounds rather trite, but as a sociologist, I’m very interested in what caught your eye and why, even if you don’t personally know your subjects story – I understand that the picture denotes the story, just interested in whether there was any interaction?”

Read my reply on my official website