2021: A Year in Review

What a crazy year it has been!

It doesn’t seem possible it’s the end of 2021; it’s been a year full of ups and downs, but a fun year full of exciting and fantastic opportunities!

It’s been one of the most productive year’s I’ve ever had as I published so much content, which made up for last year, but in the process, I’ve done more photoshoots this time around, and I’ve been able to attend a few exhibitions here and there safely with Covid restrictions in place.

This year has been the year for breaking my comfort zone and I’ve done that so much this year that I’ve changed mentally over the space of the last twelve months as I have a completely different mindset, and I’ve lost a lot of weight from going to the gym which has done wonders, and now I’ve introduced 25-30 minute Outdoor Walks into my workout routine and lost two stone as a result!

This is the determination I’ve had since I started going to the gym in May, and I’m so determined to smash my fitness goals in the New Year.

For one last time, I’ll take a look back at all the content published throughout 2021.

January 2021

1.1.2021 – 2021 started off on a quieter note, though I went on to explain that although this year will be different and understandably with a lot of chaos due to COVID still being around, I mentioned there was fresh hope with vaccinations being around the corner, and went on to announce information about the book I’ve been working on as I’ve been working on turning the mental health-inspired photography series, The Concept of Expression, in to a book, as I intended for the book to be half-photo, half-information-based so that it can not only inform, but inspire all of you, though I acknowledged that it would take quite some time to work on.

8.1.2021 – As 2020 opened our eyes to the reality of the pandemic, 2021 opened with a glimmer of hope; with three vaccines now approved, which sees us at the turning point of the pandemic, with light being at the end of the tunnel.

14.1.2021 – There are cloudy times ahead, but we’ll all get through this together!

15.1.2021 – We all may be going through a tough time with the pandemic, but let’s live life happy in our own bubble, and think of all the endless possibilities and opportunities we have, let’s seize each possibility and opportunity!

16.1.2021 – While there is a pathway out of the pandemic, it will be a long and bumpy road.

The best kind of feeling is knowing we’ve all got each other, and as long as we contact each other more and more virtually, whether it’s through video calling, by phone, by text or by email, life could eventually return to normal.

18.1.2021 – As the path to the end of the pandemic is in sight and may be a bumpy road ahead, it’s a good reason to branch to something new full of exciting opportunities!

Seize the moment! Seize the opportunities! Branch out of your comfort zone and try something new!

23.1.2021 – In what has been a different start to 2021 with the pandemic being a bumpy and long journey ahead, there’s hope, and we mustn’t forget the light at the end of the tunnel.

However long it may take, we’ll get through this, together!

26.1.2021 – While the misty nights symbolise the numbing feeling we feel as a result of the pandemic, the bright lights symbolise hope that the light is at the end of the tunnel and that we must follow the lights.

The glowing lights will help provide the hopeful feeling that we’re nearing the end of the pandemic and inching closer to normality, and while we’re all apart for now, we’ll be together soon!

27.1.2021 – The road ahead will be very quiet but overwhelmingly bumpy, but there’s hope on the other side of the rainbow as the vaccines will help provide the pathway to see us through to the eventual end of the pandemic.

I know there’s hope, and there is light, we’ve all got to stay strong for one another and share positive energy with one another to keep ourselves going because we all need each other now more than ever and it’s vital we stick together even when we’re apart.

29.1.2021 – The other side of the rainbow gives us all a hopeful and positive feeling that the end of the pandemic is in sight.

We’ll all get there and as long as we stay strong for each other and open up to one another, we’ll get there, and although it will take time, we’ll reach the end of the pandemic soon.

February 2021

1.2.2021 – February got off to a quieter and peaceful start, and with Spring not far behind, there’s all the more of a reason to keep going even during these testing times.

3.2.2021 – While the world is quieter, this gives nature a chance to show you she blushes even at the best of times.

5.2.2021 – While we work through these challenging times, we can build the blocks and lay the foundations to a positive future.

7.2.2021 – Delta Point once used to be owned by BT (British Telecom) after it was built in the mid-1980s, and up to 2005, Delta Point was the forefront for office spaces which kept Croydon busy, and following Delta Point being sold by Minerva PLC in 2005, the building eventually laid empty by 2010 until it was eventually turned into apartments.

9.2.2021 – No matter how many pathways there are, they will all lead you to the right direction if you believe in yourself.

11.2.2021 – The light is what we all need to keep ourselves going and it will help lead the way to the eventual end of the pandemic.

13.2.2021 – As the UK faced the bitter cold snap, it was coated in a blanket of snow and the glow in the sky made the landscape feel like a dream.

15.2.2021 – As the snow set on the cold winter’s night, the sky was glowing and made a blisteringly cold night warm nature’s heart.

17.2.2021 – At the height of Summer 2020, mother nature finally blossomed her vibrant colours and showed us all what it means to be herself while inspiring us to be ourselves!

19.2.2021 – With Ten Degrees Croydon standing tall, the building overlooks BOXPARK, Croydon College and other various buildings.

21.2.2021 – As the Summer air in July filled the landscape with warmth, Corinthian House provided a shield of cool, calm and peace.

23.2.2021 – The Saffron Tower spiced up the atmosphere at night with this beautiful light display which brightened up the landscape.

25.2.2021 – The cold air filled Croydon with a breeze that felt somewhat cold, but on a night like this, Ten Degrees Croydon compensated for the cold weather.

26.2.2021 – After a beautiful day came a full moon and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to photograph the full moon in its glory!

27.2.2021 – Crystal Palace Tower is a stunning sight, especially up close!

March 2021

1.3.2021 – It was a quiet and beautiful start to the month with the lovely sunny weather and what a peaceful beginning to the month it was!

3.3.2021 – With the beautiful weather at the end of February came a beautiful sunlit landscape that made the Saffron Tower and other buildings in the distance feel like it was heading back in time to the 70s era when the Croydon Whitgift Centre was an open-top building that was full of busy businesses and happy locals.

5.3.2021 – Croydon’s architectural landscape has come a long way from the 70s, as a lot of apartment blocks and office buildings have been developed to make way for the modern era we’re in now.

7.3.2021 – With elements of the 70s era making a comeback to Croydon, what better time to bring it back by ushering the 70s era of design into the modern era!

8.3.2021 – International Women’s Day will forever be a reason to celebrate all women, mothers and all the keyworkers of the world who have kept this world going even through these challenging times!

9.3.2021 – Croydon’s facelift ushered parts of the old-school era of the Croydon of then into the Croydon of now, ultimately giving buildings in this old town a new persona!

11.3.2021 – The beautiful Spring breeze always amazed with its nostalgic appeal reminiscent of the old-school 70s vibe which always made everyone happy and feel right at home.

13.3.2021 – The feeling of the old-school 70s vibe came alive during the golden hour and it was such a beautiful thing to witness!

15.3.2021 – We all need some way to get through life and with the current state of play there’s always a positive direction that faces us.

17.3.2021 – On a beautiful sunny day, the beautiful sunset covered the air and the landscape with a sense of peace and calm.

It was such a beautiful thing to witness!

19.3.2021 – As Croydon basked in a peaceful sunset, it sent the feels of the 70s through the air, with the buildings eclipsing that feeling of peace and euphoria.

21.3.2021 – With Spring finally here, it was so nice to see mother nature finally putting a spring in her step!

23.3.2021 – Croydon’s landscape, its buildings and bus stations are often known for their remarkable retro appeal, and with a lot of buildings that made the 70s era of Croydon feel like home, West Croydon Bus Station recreated that feeling of nostalgia after being redeveloped into the homely looking bus station it is now.

It was exactly one year to the day since the United Kingdom went into lockdown, 12 days after the World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus epidemic as an official global pandemic.

25.3.2021 – Fancy a bike ride into the world of retro?

27.3.2021 – As the sun set on Croydon, the feelings of calm and happiness filled the air.

29.3.2021 – It was a blooming marvellous beginning to the vibrant Spring season and what better reason to enjoy the lovely and peaceful weather.

It was a beautiful day, and with the rule of six back as the first restrictions of the lockdown eased, I couldn’t resist celebrating and marking the occasion by photographing the beautiful tree that blossomed which I have to say showed nature in her element!

31.3.2021 – Croydon’s Space Age fifty years ago consisted of beautiful landscapes and open-top buildings like the Whitgift Centre, and the history of Croydon’s buildings that now remain in the past and have recently been redeveloped or removed entirely to make way for some of the new buildings today still manages to keep the spirit of Croydon alive.

April 2021

1.4.2021 – It was a quiet start to the month, and was set to be a busy and interesting month ahead as the second level of restrictions were set to be lifted on the 12th April which would see hairdressers/barbers reopen along with non-essential shops finally reopening which made me feel hopeful that as time would progress that things will get better.

3.4.2021 – On a lovely day, the view of the tower above Battersea Park Train Station stood proud!

5.4.2021 – The Spring weather certainly sprung into life at Battersea Park!

7.4.2021 – When the scenery around you feels peaceful and happy when nature blossoms, it’s such a wonderful feeling.

9.4.2021 – The Spring season is such a wonderful time of the year and nature is golden because she gives off feelings of peace and comfort and it’s evident she’s relaxed and happy because when the flowers blossom and open, her energy and passion for life comes alive!

11.4.2021 – Nature loves being radiant with the flowers that blossom, as she sends out light, and uses every opportunity to shine and stand out from the crowd!

13.4.2021 – Nature travelled back in time to the fuschia to show you her vibrant and colourful personality which made her feel like home was where the heart was years ago.

15.4.2021 – Nature’s purple heart reigns supreme and she’s here to show you she’s the real queen on the throne!

17.4.2021 – Battersea Park brings about so much beauty, but when you look to the tip of the pagoda, you begin to realise why Battersea Park is full of joy, and it’s because the pagoda stands out a few metres from the river.

19.4.2021 – If you need a reason to feel enlightened, meditate and utilise your path of enlightenment at the Peace Pagoda Buddhist Temple, located in Battersea Park, which will help guide you to morality, meditation and wisdom!

21.4.2021 – Got a thorn in your side?

Don’t be surprised as nature’s feeling prickly and she needed to make her presence known.

23.4.2021 – It looked like nature became so excited about the warm Spring weather that she couldn’t resist being thorny!

25.4.2021 – Springtime is one of the most beautiful times of the year and there’s that feeling of peace and calm which makes Battersea Park feel like home.

27.4.2021 – Battersea Park is renowned for its big open spaces and scenery, but the buildings that are a bridge-walk from the park are fascinating and visually eye-catching.

29.4.2021 – Nature has a way of showing how relaxed and at peace she feels at times, and this occasion is no different.

May 2021

1.5.2021 – It was such a peaceful start to the month and with the next set of restrictions which were due to be lifted on the 17th May, life was slowly beginning to return to some normality.

In celebration of Croydon’s musical heritage, Bareface’s portrait of the Croydon composer, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor is one of eight unique pieces by some amazing artists, so make sure you pop by Croydon Centrale and immerse yourself in Bareface’s world of art!

3.5.2021 – Green Park is a stunning park to visit and the greenery of the park is so vibrant and filled with peace and happiness it brings about the calming feeling of Spring & Summer.

The scenery of Green Park is stunning!

4.5.2021 – The Force Awakens for National Star Wars Day and was here to celebrate with you on this special day!

5.5.2021 – Mayfair is full of beautiful scenery and a range of views, but when you put into perspective the overall landscape and how the buildings look from a certain viewpoint, it’s easy to understand why there’s perspective to Mayfair.

Mayfair’s buildings stand proud even through the tough times and it proves that every business and every building stands in solidarity while making a statement that anything is possible.

7.5.2021 – South Audley Street is a quiet and peaceful area of Mayfair and what was nice to see was how beautiful the area truly is when there’s little to no traffic.

Mayfair is full of exciting new opportunities, but the road ahead is peaceful and will make you feel right at home.

9.5.2021 – Mayfair was partly busy but mostly quiet, though given that there wasn’t much traffic, this was a perfect time to capture the peaceful landscape.

Can you imagine living in a part of Mayfair that is peaceful, doesn’t have any traffic, and has that open space where you feel at ease?

Grosvenor Street is the place to be!

11.5.2021 – On a bright and breezy day, Mayfair is filled with busy traffic and the landmarks and architecture makes the place feel elegant.

If you’re looking for a reason to spice up your wardrobe, or if you’re looking for the latest accessories, beauty products and gifts and want to treat yourself, Fenwick’s down Brook Street is the place to go!

13.5.2021 – As the world slowly returns to some normality, life is slowly returning to normal too, especially for New Bond Street.

Mayfair is known for its landmarks, hotels and beautiful landscapes, but the beauty of Mayfair lies in its retro appeal.

15.5.2021 – With plenty of exciting opportunities and so many fashion stores, you can never go wrong!

The Time & Life building is a sight for sore eyes and stands proud!

17.5.2021 – Aldford Street’s beauty is at an all-time-high with its exquisite buildings, its beautiful scenery and is home to the Claridges Hotel.

As life slowly returns to normal, Mayfair’s business continues as usual with a gradual reopening which slowly brings back the bustling energy that we all crave!

19.5.2021 – The possibilities are endless in Mayfair!

This part of Mayfair is one of the most peaceful when there’s hardly any traffic and it’s a nice feeling to experience.

21.5.2021 – There’s a beauty in anything nature brings, but it’s a beautiful feeling when you get to see more of her beauty up, close and personal.

If you need two reasons to call someone or if you’re expecting a call, then head to your nearest telephone boxes in Mayfair!

23.5.2021 – Want to relax in the depths of nature’s grasp?

Get closer and personal with nature by exploring her inner beauty and let her colourful and beautiful personality make your day special.

25.5.2021 – Who would have thought it? Pink is certainly nature’s favourite colour; she’s certainly blooming marvellous to show us her splash of pink!

There’s no better feeling than getting closer to nature and seeing her thrive with her colourful personality; her beauty lies within the flowers and she explodes with beautiful colours that make you feel connected.

27.5.2021 – I’m fascinated by the natural form in flowers; the colourful vibrance nature brings and the layers and textures of flowers.

Nature’s personal side comes to life as you can see her beauty; the patterning of the flower and her ability to shine when up close with her defines her resilience!

29.5.2021 – What’s fascinating about nature is she blushes when she’s being herself; her realisation of the world around her turns her red from the thrill of it all.

There’s beauty in everything you see, and this is nature at her most peaceful!

31.5.2021 – Nature’s way of stunning everyone with her vibrance is beautiful; the colourful and beautiful personality she expresses is forever a beauty!

Nature’s known for her exuberant, vibrant energy, but now she’s just showing off!

June 2021

1.6.2021 – Kicking off June, the website was given a complete makeover to celebrate the start of Pride Month and was all the more reason to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ Community given Pride Month will always be full of compelling reasons; to celebrate, honour and love all!

3.6.2021 – One of the parks in Mayfair I visited in April consisted of so many beautiful flowers that were vibrant and made me feel like Summer had already arrived that I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of one of the plants.

Red flowers always tend to stand out from the crowd as they’re so colourful and bold and beautiful!

There’s no better feeling than knowing that even when nature has been thriving and showing off her explosion of beautiful colours and her vibrant personality, even she needs a rest.

5.6.2021 – The way this rose I saw in Mayfair creates a rippling appearance shows nature stretching out her photosynthetic veins and her beauty to open up her personality to the world.

Nature’s two reasons to blossom are:

  • she loves showing her wildly vibrant side
  • her explosion of colourful red hues to set the mood of the day beautifully!

There’s nothing I like better than seeing the beauty in the plantation and the floral colours nature expresses!

7.6.2021 – If you need a reason to travel, take the bus to Chinatown or the train and you won’t be disappointed by the beautiful architecture, the scenery and the signs!

Chinatown, Soho is known for its beautiful lanterns, and everything about Soho is beautiful!

Seeing Chinatown busy and succeeding in lighting up the place with the public out in their hundreds and thousands proves that Soho’s roars are just like the dragons which are so successful in roaring so loud they can be heard from miles away!

9.6.2021 – While life slowly returns to normality, Chinatown thrives and is full of fun opportunities and good times that are to be had especially while the beautiful weather is here!

If you’re looking for more than one reason to roar and want to enjoy the beautiful weather, come down to Chinatown, Soho!

There’s something beautiful about Chinatown, Soho; the scenery, the beautiful lanterns all lined up in concentric order and the beautiful, bold and bright colours of the sky and buildings that brighten up the landscape.

11.6.2021 – In the midst of the beautiful sunny weather, all the red lanterns will help guide the way!

Chinatown’s lanterns give off that beautiful glowing feeling every time; the boldness of the red lanterns and the patterns on the lanterns are what make each lantern unique to its own design.

Imagine walking down Little Newport Street in Chinatown, Soho, to be greeted by such a view!

13.6.2021 – It’s a nice feeling to be out in the beautiful sunny weather when you’re in Chinatown, Soho, but sometimes it’s good to enjoy the peace in the shade.

If you fancy a bit of cabaret, the high life of the casino or six different bars to make your days and nights go down with a swing, look no further than the Hippodrome!

Chinatown, Soho & Piccadilly Circus are all beautiful places, but it’s worth taking a moment to appreciate Newport Court in the shade given its beautiful open space and the comfort it brings!

15.6.2021 – Cranbourn Alley is a beautiful part of London which is literally a short walk from the Hippodrome Casino, and on a beautiful sunny day like this, it’s a bustling sight to behold!

I can see the signs in Charing Cross Road, and they stand out like a sore thumb!

Piccadilly Circus, Chinatown, Soho and other parts of London are full of exciting spots, but the best spots when they’re not too busy are the peaceful spots of London!

17.6.2021 – The sun shines bright in Piccadilly Circus; the beautiful landscape is alight with beautiful shadows, and it’s the perfect occasion to get out and soak in the sun!

While bustling in the shade, Hippodrome Casino is full of so many reasons for you to enjoy your time and the fun!

For your safety when travelling in and around Piccadilly Circus, make sure that if you ever experience symptoms of Covid or you potentially feel unwell, call 111 immediately.

19.6.2021 – Springtime in Piccadilly Circus is beautiful!

What a beautiful reason to be in Piccadilly Circus!

Piccadilly Circus is a beautiful place, but have you noticed there’s an old-school retro appeal going on?

21.6.2021 – If you’re looking for a reason to see Courtney Act and Monet X Change do the Death Drop, head to The Garrick Theatre in Piccadilly Circus!

The Hampshire Hotel in and around Piccadilly Circus is a beautiful place!

Fancy a reason to wine and dine in the sun? Visit All Bar One in Piccadilly Circus and bring your friends along for the fun!

23.6.2021 – As Wardour Street celebrates the beautiful scenery and lanterns surrounding Chinatown, Soho, what better way to do it than to do it on a beautiful sunny day?

Piccadilly Circus is one of the best places to have fun and relax, but it stands tall and proud with its monuments and buildings!

If you fancy a drink, come down to The Duke of Wellington in Wardour Street and enjoy the beautiful weather.

25.6.2021 – While I was with Matt in Croydon’s Memory Box, I tried my hand again at doing low light photography and used Apple’s Portrait Mode Stage Light feature to produce a photo of him posing under the beautiful neon lights.

It’s so refreshing to see Old Compton Street booming and full of people after a chaotic year with Covid closing everything down, but it’s so refreshing to see the area reopened to a crowd of people after a long time.

It certainly feels like a walk in the park down Walker’s Court, especially with the beautiful sunny weather!

If you want to be horsing around in Soho and enjoy the beautiful weather, come down to The White Horse pub!

27.6.2021 – When you’re in Soho and need a reason to cool down in the beautiful sunny weather, come down to Rupert Street!

If you’re feeling cheeky and are looking for the latest lingerie and many reasons to quench your desires, or if you’re looking for a reason to enjoy many fun nights out in Soho, come down to Old Compton Street!

Being under the shade in Rupert Street on a beautiful sunny day brings about the peacefulness of the area as Soho is a fun place to visit, but it’s nice to have a moment to relax under the shade.

29.6.2021 – During my visit to Piccadilly Circus in April, I came across this beautiful part of Archer Street in Soho, and the scenery down both roads was so beautiful!

It may be busy and full of traffic on Shaftesbury Avenue, but that’s a good thing because there are so many exciting opportunities that await you!

The beautiful lanterns that decorate Chinatown, Soho are glowing down Shaftesbury Avenue and they’re absolutely remarkable!

July 2021

1.7.2021 – July kicked off on a beautiful note with the beautiful sunny weather, and there was no better feeling than seeing the Summer season getting into the swing of things!

3.7.2021 – Each lantern provides the hopeful feeling on beautiful sunny days that life is slowly returning to normal.

Fancy cooling down in a peaceful atmosphere in Soho that is vibrant and full of colour?

Gerrard Place in Soho is so peaceful! I love how the landscape provides warmth and provides a more relaxed setting where you can cool down and enjoy yourself too!

Soho is sizzling with crowds, and it’s so refreshing to see that everyone is spending time with their friends dining and having food while making up for a lot of lost time after over a year!

There’s a massive variety of beautiful buildings in and around Soho, and if you fancy that variety which is the spice of life that Soho offers, come down to Soho and mark the occasion by visiting The Spice of Life Pub!

4.7.2021 – I took a moment to wish the whole of the United States a Happy Independence Day and wanted you to know I love you all and hope you all stayed safe during the celebratory event!

5.7.2021 – Soho’s full of surprises! Who would have thought the latest fitness craze would be Slim Chickens?

The hot weather may be here, but it’s certainly given Old Compton Street something to shine over!

Moor Street in Soho is so peaceful, and what a view!

Come down to Old Compton Street when you get the opportunity because it’s so beautiful down here!

7.7.2021 – The beautiful sunny weather is out, and everyone is having a good time down Dean Street.

What’s peaceful about Frith Street is that even though it is busy and full of people, it’s the weather that brings about the right amount of shade to cool down; the beautiful sun compensates the sky with a feeling of calm and the spirit of the locals makes the place feel like home.

Fancy riding down Frith Street?

It’s a beautiful place worth visiting!

You’ll adore and admire the beautiful scenery it brings!

While everyone dines and enjoys the beautiful weather with food and drinks to go around, Old Compton Street turns up the heat!

9.7.2021 – Old Compton Street is a beautiful place, especially on a sunny day; the rays of sunshine fill the street with joy and happiness.

Old Compton Street’s got a reason to cool down!

Visit Dean Street in Soho to get a buzz of what this incredible place has to offer!

Fancy getting hands-on with the best quality food, drinks and clothing you won’t find anywhere else?

11.7.2021 – I’m overwhelmed with happiness and positive energy in Dean Street; it’s one of the most beautiful places in Soho I’ve ever visited!

I love the community spirit in Soho; everyone’s happy, the sun’s shining, crowds of people enjoy their drinks as they sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather, and it feels so refreshing to see the community coming together to bring back the spirit of Soho.

Piccadilly Circus is a gorgeous place to visit; Soho is full of prosperity and love, but if you’re looking to get to Denman Street, these are the two directions to get there!

Although it was a beautiful sunny day, the UK stood tall and silent while giving a salute to the late Duke of Edinburgh following his passing in April.

It was a very sombre moment in Piccadilly Circus as this billboard of the men carrying the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin highlighted the end of an era for the Royal Family, but symbolised his life for the royal duties he fulfilled.

13.7.2021 – Piccadilly Circus is a beautiful place; the scenery is stunning!

The buildings capture the area’s beauty, and there’s no better feeling than seeing everyone exploring the area and making the most of the beautiful sun!

As everyone went about their day in Piccadilly Circus, I couldn’t help but notice the silence filling the place because everyone took a moment to remember HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

It’s not often I see a moment of silence in a thriving place like this, but it proves how powerful someone’s death can have on everyone, especially when a member of the Royal Family has passed away.

The best thing about Piccadilly Circus is its elegance; the area has a simplistic direction, the buildings are a work of art in their own right because of their visually appealing design aspects, and it’s easy to get around.

I love the peaceful and quiet walk down Shaftesbury Avenue; it’s an excellent way to clear the mind, and the weather is a massive benefit with a hint of a breeze to help relax the soul.

15.7.2021 – I love the peaceful atmosphere Wardour Street brings; the sense of calm fills the air, the shade provides comfort and compensates for the warm landscape, and the place feels so relaxing.

I find a walk down Brewer Street so calming on the soul; the breeze in the air, the street is filled with peace, and there’s nothing I like more than strolling down this beautiful street during the euphoric sunny hours soaking in the sun.

St. Martin’s Place provides hope, comfort and a beautifully peaceful atmosphere to match.

The buildings and statues surrounding it are stunning, and it’s visually appealing.

It’s a beautiful feeling when you get up, close and personal at any place you visit, and for St. Martin’s Place, you’re getting the best view up close with the architecture of this building.

I love the view of this building and the area up close because it provides an intimate idea that stands out, and the detailing and aged look of the building interests me.

17.7.2021 – Major General Sir Henry Havelock KCB’s statue was erected in Trafalgar Square during the 1800-1900 era, and highlighted the campaign of the Indian Rebellion, which lasted from 1857 to 1859.

Trafalgar Square is no stranger to making noises; the lions make a joyous uproar regularly, encouraging visitors to explore its beauty.

As the lions’ roar, they successfully make their presence known.

It’s a positive call to arms for everyone to come down to Trafalgar Square!

The relaxed traffic around Trafalgar Square was a perfect opportunity for this rider to zoom through London at full speed!

In this place of fun, you can do anything; enjoy the delicacy of what London offers, including the drinks that you’ll love in and around London!

Aaaah! Don’t you love it when the sun slowly sets on Trafalgar Square?

It’s so relaxing; the landscape is full of calm, and it feels so refreshing.

The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square is extraordinary; the art pieces and various installations capture the best elements.

The unique development process is heartwarming as I love and admire the way art brings everyone together.

19.7.2021 – It was a hot day in Piccadilly Circus; the hot weather brightened up the landscape and made the beautiful day so much happier!

I love Piccadilly Circus! It’s one of the best places I’ve ever visited!

There are so many sights to see!

Piccadilly Circus is full of exciting reasons to enjoy the hot weather; food and drinks bring everyone together; meanwhile, something fizzy’s added to the mix.

The best feeling of cooling down in the hot weather is knowing you can enjoy fizzy drinks, such as Coca Cola, and I find that Coca Cola in hot weather helps me cool down.

Lillywhites is a beautiful part of Piccadilly Circus; it stands out from the crowd!

From selling footwear to the latest clothing and other essentials, Lillywhites has everything to offer!

Freedom Day arrived, and everyone in the UK gradually used the opportunity to celebrate most of the restrictions that were lifted after six months of gradual unlocks, but the question I put to all of you was how were you feeling?

21.7.2021 – There’s something special about Piccadilly Circus that makes me smile; the beautiful sun, the landscape is visually appealing, and the buildings make the place feel like you can lose yourself in the beautiful scenery Piccadilly Circus offers!

Everything about Regent Street is excellent; I love the positive environment, and the shade provides calm and relaxation.

Piccadilly Circus is a fun place to visit, but taking a walk up Regent Street is a beautiful reason to make the most of the beautiful hot sunny weather!

There’s a breeze that fills the air; the hot weather provides a massive space for you to soak in the sun, and the shade promises a reason to cool down.

Here are five reasons why you should visit Piccadilly Circus before 3PM:

  1. It provides peaceful scenery, with a joyful atmosphere that’ll make it feel like home.
  2. Chinatown is a fabulous place in Piccadilly Circus!
  3. Soho’s buzz, especially during the hot summer season, is a beautiful reason to enjoy yourself!
  4. The billboard in Piccadilly Circus is a beautiful sight!
  5. The beautiful hot weather here is marvellous!

These are my five reasons why you should visit Piccadilly Circus; the fun atmosphere will make you want to come back for more!

23.7.2021 – If there’s anything I love about Jermyn Street is the perspective it provides; you have two ways of looking at this road.

The directions to the left and right and the straightforward path capture the beautiful essence of Jermyn Street and the buildings that surround it.

What I love about Jermyn Street is there’s more to the area than meets the eye; the structure of the buildings and the beautiful clear sky makes this road feel like a journey to the beautiful unknown.

From a beautiful street with a giant cinema consisting of the latest films to a road full of traffic, Regent Street sparkles in the beautiful sunny weather!

The best parts of Regent Street are the little shops nearby; you can purchase food and drinks, and they provide all the best quality delicacies you would want!

Under the beautiful sunny weather, Regent Street has its beauty; the landscape is filled with warmth and provides a layer of cool for anyone who loves a reason to chill out and enjoy the fun!

A month before the coronavirus pandemic began, I got Amy Winehouse’s eyes tattooed on my arm with her legendary trademark makeup by Jakki at Harlequin Tattoos, as her music resonated with me because her mental health, for me, played out entirely in the public eye.

It was eye-opening to hear her music as she documented her Back to Black album during a period of her life that was widely publicised.

Ten years on since her passing, I remember so vividly I was at home with my family after being off school for the last week of the term due to a cold.

25.7.2021 – Strolling down Waterloo Place in this beautiful weather is such an incredible feeling!

It’s so quiet, yet so full of peace and is terrific!

I love the sunny weather when it lights up Regent Street; it makes the place feel so welcoming and warming.

The warmth fills the place with a breeze to keep the street nice and cool, and a mixture of both makes it so enjoyable!

The best reason you should be in Regent Street is the scenery; the buildings capture that beautiful warmth, and the view is remarkable!

The warmth draws you in and makes you feel like the place is a second area to call home.

What’s fascinating about Regent Street is the beauty of the landscape; from a standard view, you see Regent Street for how it usually is, but on a closer look, there’s beauty in the landscape.

There is a personal feeling that Regent Street brings because there’s more to the buildings surrounding it, including the statues.

27.7.2021 – Fancy an unforgettable experience of a lifetime at the Sofitel Hotel?

Sofitel Hotel offers their relaxing award-winning spa with the best cuisines on offer at Wild Honey St. James’!

History is fascinating, especially in Regent Street; the Crimean War statues stand tall and silent, but they highlight the significance of how history has changed the way we see places and notable figures.

Pall Mall is a beautiful part of London; it’s a six-minute walk from Piccadilly Circus to Pall Mall, St. James’, and is a lovely area to visit!

Pall Mall is a beautiful place where you can scream and shout!

28.7.2021 – The thunderstorm left behind wonderful trails of raindrops, and in doing so, it created beautiful droplets of light!

29.7.2021 – Want to explore the two best areas near Piccadilly Circus?

The beautiful sunny weather and rays of light capture the beauty and sparkle of Waterloo Place; this view makes the place stand out!

The sun shines brightly on the road and lights up the beautiful atmosphere; the moving vehicles bring a buzz to Waterloo Place!

Waterloo Place’s history is prominent as it documents the fallen of the Crimean War.

Being one of the first conflicts in which the military used modern technologies consisting of railways, telegraphs and explosive naval shells, The Crimean War was one of the first to be documented in photographs and written reports extensively.

Waterloo Place is sparkling; the sun’s shining and beams on the buildings below!

It’s so peaceful! You’d love soaking in the sun while strolling around Waterloo Place during the summertime!

31.7.2021 – It was a beautiful day out in Waterloo Place when I visited the area in April; there was a breeze in the air, and the warm weather in Waterloo Place gave me a reason to relax.

I’m fond of the warm weather wherever I go; it felt like Summer, at that point, already arrived, and the Spring season in April during that day was so beautiful and warm it felt like Summer began earlier than planned.

Pall Mall is a beautiful place to stroll through; I love the area for its beautiful landscape, the structure of the buildings, and the incredible scenery makes the site feel like home.

In April, as I passed through from Piccadilly Circus Station to get a glimpse of the landscape, Pall Mall struck me for its beauty; walking through the area is a good reason to lose yourself in the fun of it all.

Imagine getting an ultra-wide view of Waterloo Place?

Waterloo Place offers a full-scale view of the beautiful buildings; the scenery is extraordinary, and you will love what this place offers!

The Criterion Theatre’s full of glitz and glamour; it sparkles and dazzles with the best extravaganzas it has to offer!

From star-studded theatre shows to the extravagant stage lights, the stage is the place to be free!

August 2021

1.8.2021 – August kicked off on an exciting note as I mentioned that I had the last remainder of photographs from the 23rd April of Piccadilly Circus to publish while announcing that the first few photo-sets would finally go live on here that I’ve done over the last few months.

3.8.2021 – Want to satisfy your taste buds with the best food Hard Rock Cafe offers?

Come down to Piccadilly Circus and enjoy the tasty delicacies they sell! Curb those hunger pangs for all the best food they have in store!

It’s so peaceful in Coventry Street; the road isn’t busy, and the best feeling about it is walking up the road, knowing there’s a feeling of calm which relaxes me and puts my mind at ease.

Hotel Indigo on the corner of Leicester Street stands proud; it offers many reasons for you to enjoy your time in and around the place!

Lisle Street’s given everyone a reason to brunch and dance; The Slug & Lettuce serves brunches by day, but by night, it is a meet-up venue perfect for letting your hair down to dance!

5.8.2021 – It was a quiet day in Lisle Street; the path was peaceful, and walking through the street put me at ease.

Chinatown is a stunning part of London; the clear sunny days uncover the area’s beauty during the quiet hours.

Every lantern in Chinatown provides positivity!

It’s such a lovely feeling to get another perspective of Chinatown; the beauty of the landscape and the lanterns bring together the beauty of Chinatown.

7.8.2021 – The bright lights of the sunny weather brighten up the bigger lanterns; their size symbolises the joy of Chinatown, and with Soho known as the gay capital of the world second to New York, it’s a fun place to visit!

Shaftesbury Avenue is a beautiful place; it is gorgeous!

The best thing about walking through Wardour Street on a beautiful sunny day is the peaceful atmosphere.

The sun is shining; Shaftesbury Avenue’s in happy spirits, and everyone is enjoying the warm and peaceful atmosphere!

Music brings everyone together; Shaftesbury Avenue does that!

9.8.2021 – Shaftesbury Avenue has so much potential for success and is full of exciting opportunities!

Charing Cross Road is a beautiful place; it feels peaceful even during hectic periods of the day.

Charing Cross is a beautiful place booming with vibrance; it’s so colourful and exuberates bundles of fun!

There’s a beauty in Charing Cross Road; the beautiful scenery, the gorgeous buildings and the booming positive atmosphere of the landscape fill the place with fun and happy times!

Concluding my visit to Piccadilly Circus on the 23rd April, I took the opportunity to travel to Great Newport Street, and I was not disappointed!

22.8.2021 – Kicking off the first photoshoot for 2021, the first subject I’ve photographed for the series this year is Matt Luke Spike Taylor.

September 2021

1.9.2021 – It was a peaceful start to September and as Autumn was around the corner, what better way to make the most of the last of the Summer weather than to enjoy the best of the warm and breezy weather we had.

5.9.2021 – It was with great sadness to announce the devastating news that Sarah Harding of Girls Aloud passed away at 39, coming over a year after she opened up in August 2020 about her breast cancer diagnosis during the pandemic.

10.9.2021 – It’s so peaceful and warm when the day starts beautifully; that feeling of relaxation and comfort the beautiful weather brings first thing in the early hours of the morning is so refreshing.

11.9.2021 – Twenty years on from the day the world stood still, it’s a painful day in the United States of America’s history that everyone will never forget.

On September 11 2001, the world watched in horror as the North Tower of The World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan was struck by the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, at 8:46 AM, which departed from Logan International Airport at 7:59 AM, followed by the South Tower, which was struck by the United Airlines Flight 175 at 9:03 AM, which left at 8:14 AM.

The 9/11 attacks were a series of four coordinated attacks by the militant terrorist group al-Qaeda, in which four commercial airlines which travelled from the northeastern of the United States were hijacked mid-flight by al-Qaeda terrorists.

American Airlines Flight 77, which departed from Dulles International Airport at 8:20 AM, was hijacked whilst over Ohio, and at 9:37 AM, crashed into the west side of the American Military Headquarters, The Pentagon, resulting in a partial collapse of the building’s side. 

The final flight, United Airlines Flight 93 that departed at 8:42 AM from Newark International Airport, which attempted to fly in Washington, D.C.’s direction, was the only flight not to hit its intended target, which instead crashed into a field in Pennsylvania near Shanksville at 10:03 AM.

21.9.2021 – The weather was so peaceful; there was a feeling of calm in the air and the sunset ended the day beautifully.

I wanted to take this moment to pay tribute to Sarah Harding. She was a truly inspirational musician who inspired me just like the rest of Girls Aloud inspired me and she’ll forever live on in our hearts.

October 2021

1.10.2021 – It was a bit of a chilly start to the month considering Autumn arrived, and the next few weeks were set to be busier than usual while the fuel crisis was still in full swing.

2.10.2021 – I was inspired by Cheryl Tweedy’s album, Messy Little Raindrops, when I produced the photo of the raindrops on the glass, because every raindrop symbolised the beautiful mess of nature letting off steam.

4.10.2021 – Autumn is in full bloom; nature’s embracing the autumnal weather, and her beauty shines!

The beauty from this time of the year is nature’s ability to exuberate the autumnal glow.

5.10.2021 – The leaves from trees may fall, but the beauty of fall comes to the surface.

It’s a beautiful reason to break ground as Autumn uncovers nature’s beauty.

15.10.2021 – After six years, ADELE finally marks her return with her first single, Easy On Me, off her highly anticipated fourth studio album, 30, which releases on the 19th November, coming six years after the release of her third studio album, 25!

31.10.2021 – It’s been an eventful few weeks as my mum, who recently underwent total left knee replacement surgery, returned to the hospital a few weeks later after one of the stitches burst. A few days after returning home, despite the excellent progress mum made using the zimmer frame unassisted, she suffered two nasty falls, with the second fall causing her to fall awkwardly which, in the process, dislocated and broke her right ankle.

November 2021

1.11.2021 – It was a bit of a cold start to the month; with firework night on the way, it was all the more of a reason to enjoy the moment considering the days were getting darker quicker following the clocks going back an hour.

3.11.2021 – The reflections of the clouds on the glass; the sky’s reflection on the windows open us to a world of endless possibilities!

5.11.2021 – After over a week in the hospital, mum finally came home!

14.11.2021 – It may be cold; for nature, it’s her perfect reason to make plenty of noises!

16.11.2021 – It was a beautiful start to the morning!

19.11.2021 – Silk Sonic, comprising of Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak, marked their début as the sensational duo with their début album, An Evening With Silk Sonic, hosted by Bootsy Collins!

After six years, the wait was finally over! Adele made her sensational comeback with the release of her highly-anticipated fourth studio album, 30!

24.11.2021 – The leaves turn beautiful shades of red and bring out the beauty of nature during the Autumn season!

There’s something beautiful about nature’s glow during this time of the year; the autumn colours of the leaves and the beautiful sunlit sky bring about comfort and peace.

30.11.2021 – Nature has a beautiful way of expressing her love for the world; her autumn glow radiates visceral beauty!

December 2021

1.12.2021 – It was a cold start to the month, and Christmas finally arrived!

22.12.2021 – It was a few weeks in the making! I was away for a few weeks producing content at events in Croydon, Deptford & London, and I’m pleased to announce the launch of MN Events!

25.12.2021 – I took the opportunity to wish you all the happiest Christmas, and may you have the most wonderful New Year for 2022!

30.12.2021 – The next subject I photographed for the series is Jamie Albert Hills.

What a remarkable year it has been! It’s been a crazy, fun, emotional and productive year, and as everything slowly starts to get better with the end of the pandemic in sight, this year has been a whirlwind of a fun year overall.

2021 ends on a sad note, however, as the last Golden Girl, Betty White, has sadly passed away 17 days before she was due to celebrate her 100th birthday.

I wanted to take this opportunity to pay my respects to Betty White, and my deepest condolences go out to her and her family and friends as our Golden Girl is now in heaven, and she forever lives on in our hearts as the golden girl she truly was.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to remember Sarah Harding as she will forever live on in our hearts, and will always be remembered for being the positively inspirational musician who has positively impacted our lives and made us smile even through the most difficult times.

We’ll always love you, Betty White, and Sarah Harding!

How was your 2021? I would love to hear from all of you.

If you missed any of the content I published throughout 2021, don’t worry, as I’ve gathered together all the links to all the content published for 2021 below.

For one last time, I wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year, and may 2022 bring you love, blessings, happiness, positive energy and good health!

I love you all, and I shall see all of you in 2022!

x Alex Smithson x

January 2021

February 2021

Welcome to February! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

Nature’s Blush! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

Building Blocks to a Positive Future. – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

Once a Workplace, Now Apartments. – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

All Pathways Can Lead You to the Right Direction! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

Let The Light Lead The Way! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

A Wintry Arctic Blast! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

A Cold Winter’s Night! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

Nature’s Vibrance at the Height of Summer 2020! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

It’s Ten Degrees Out Here! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

Cool, Calm & Peace at Corinthian House. – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

Spice it Up, Saffron! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

Seriously, It’s Ten Degrees Out Here! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

It’s a Full Moon Tonight! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

Towering Over Crystal Palace! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

Monthly Roundup: February 2021 – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

March 2021

Welcome to March! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

Croydon’s Feeling That 70s Vibe! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

Towering to All New Heights 50 Years On! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

Retro’s Making a Comeback to Croydon! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

Happy International Women’s Day! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

The Croydon Facelift! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

The Nostalgic Spring Breeze! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

Old School in The Golden Hour! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

Give Us Direction! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

Hold The Sunset, 70s Style! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

A Peaceful Sunset, Feels Like The 70s! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

A Calm & Peaceful Reason to Spring! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

Lockdown: One Year On. – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

On Your Bike! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

A Peaceful End to a Beautiful Day! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

A Blooming Marvellous & Vibrant Spring! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

Happy Monday! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

A Modern Love Letter to the 70s Space Age Era! – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

Monthly Roundup: March 2021 – Mother Nature (wordpress.com)

April 2021

May 2021

June 2021

July 2021

August 2021

September 2021

October 2021

November 2021

December 2021

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