Wimbledon from Both Sides + A Silhouette of my friend in Turkey

On Wednesday, I took a trip up to Wimbledon for the day, and the best part of the trip was being able to capture photos on the move, as I could see some of the restaurants around Wimbledon.

The CentreCourt shopping centre is massive inside, but when I went in there, it felt like I was going up to Sutton High Street, as the shopping centre had the feel of Sutton.

The nerve-racking point of the trip was that me and everyone else who went to the trip were asked to ask members of the public questions of an Environmental Quality Survey, but as I was nervous, I had the option to bottle it and not ask anyone, but I was determined and gave speaking to a member of the public a try.

I never gave up and just went for it, I asked a man who was on his break luckily at the Coal – Grill & Bar a few questions regarding Wimbledon as a whole, the guy said that the area was a good place to live despite the fact he doesn’t live in Wimbledon, but the best thing was being able to overcome my nerves, I set myself a goal to speak to a member of the public without my nerves getting to me, and I eventually got there.

The man was a nice chap considering the calm level he spoke at and I was really pleased to have overcome my nerves of talking in public.

The worst part of the trip was Cricket Green, because there was nothing but trash, mess everywhere, badly painted buildings, broken gutters and parts peeling off buildings as I walked past. Cricket Green on a whole was one of the places to ever walk around, because it gave me the uncomfortable urge that I wouldn’t want to live there when I’m older, and all that happened whilst I was with everyone else doing a field study of it, there were nothing but teenagers/adults with hoodies on, riding around on their bikes. Two guys who me and some others spoke to in Cricket Green said the place was uncomfortable.

I agreed with the guy because Cricket Green is like a doss-hole, Wimbledon has loads of shops and restaurants etc, but in Cricket Green, hardly any shops. There was only one corner shop in Cricket Green and the smell of the air in Cricket Green was unbearable.

But overall, the trip to Wimbledon, Wimbledon Village & Cricket Green were really good, I want to go to Wimbledon again when I’m older.

To end the month on a high, this post features 2 in 1, which is another morsel for you to digest.


My friend Taha went to Turkey during the 6 week holiday all of us had off earlier this year, his auntie took a photo of him carrying the sun in the palm of his hands, and by taking the photo, the end result was perfect. Every detail was captured, and the beautiful sunny weather shone down on the sea behind him.

I drew this for my friend Taha as I wanted to express my creative side to art and drawing in general :-).

I’ve just uploaded the video for these photos as a bonus to get all of you in the swing of things. It’s available now and here it is:

Thank you for reading this article.

– Alex Smithson


  1. Superb article, Alex. You captured the spirit of Wimbledon very well. Yeah once I had to do one of those ‘speak-to-random-stranger’ type of school surveys once. It is a bit nerve-wracking, but you are on ‘official’ business doing schoolwork, so I guess that makes it easier. It’s annoying though, when people just past without a word.
    Nearby Kew is really nice, very genteel with lots of traditional and independent shops plus an attractive riverside, and the Botanical Gardens would definitely make a good nature photography project you could consider for a future blogpost.
    Excellent video too, really brings your pictures alive 🙂

    – HalfEatenMind


    1. Thank you Vijay, I really appreciated the time you took to read the 2-posts-in-1 of ‘Wimbledon from Both Sides + A Silhouette of my friend in Turkey” 😊

      – Photography | Nature

      Tomorrow, I’m changing the background theme to a half green/half red look so the blog fits in nicely with the festive Christmas season 😊


    1. Thank you Vijay, I’ve literally just re-done the background and header in GIMP with the same green/red colours so the blog blends in with the Christmas season. I can’t wait to see what you’re doing on the Half-Eaten Mind blog over this Christmas :-)!!!!!

      …again, thank you for your comment Vijay, I really appreciated it :-).

      -Photography | Nature


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