The Barbican Gallery | Tuesday 10th May 2016 | Croydon College

On Tuesday, I travelled with my Film & Photography class up to London on a trip to the Barbican Gallery. Because this is the first time I have ever visited the Barbican Gallery, I was shocked to find how massive it was inside. There is so much information available at hand and whilst I was there, I took photos around certain parts of the Barbican where I was allowed, and I must say I was surprised. Despite the damp and dismal weather we had on Tuesday, this didn’t stop me from getting a collection of photos together.

Below are the collection of photographs I was able to get whilst I was on the trip on Tuesday.

I also did some note-taking whilst I was on the trip, as part of the research I’ve been gathering for my Final Major Project. Below are the notes that I gathered from Tuesday’s trip.

Strange and Familiar – Curated by the Iconic British Photographer, Martin Parr.

International photographers from the 1930s onwards.

Edith Tudor-Hart

  • Family Group, Stepney, London (ca. 1932)
  • Group Reading the Daily Worker, London (ca. 1943)
  • Gee Street, Finsbury, London (ca. 1936 – 1937)
  • Poodle Parlour, London (ca. 1936 – 1937)
  • Kensal House, London (ca. 1938)

Robert Frank

  • City of London (1952)
  • City of London (1951)
  • London (1951)
  • Caerau, Wales (1953)
  • Wales, Ben James (1953)

Paul Strand

  • Mary and John McKinnon, South Uist, Hebrides (1954)

Cas Oorthuys

  • Pupils of an Oxford Girls School (1962)
  • Car Transporter Outside Balliol College, Oxford (1962)
  • Oxford (1962)
  • Hogarth Court, Camden Road, London (1953)
  • Hyde Park, London (1953)
  • Merchant, East London (1953)
  • Arabian Merchant, Petticoat Lane, London (1953)

Bruce Davidson

  • Woman in Wheelchair, Brighton (1965)
  • Hastings, England (1960)
  • Teatime in the Car, Brighton (1960)
  • Couples on Stone Beach, Brighton (1960)
  • Lloyd’s List, London (1960)

Gian Butturini

  • Man Walking Down a Street (1969)
  • Homeless (1969)
  • A Calm Day (1969)

Jim Dow

  • Interior, Bert’s Eel and Pie Shop, Peckham, London (15th July 1985)
  • Window Display at Khatta-Meetha Vegetarian Take-Away, Leicester (21st March 1987)

Bruce Gilden

  • West Bromwich, Debbie (2013)
  • West Bromwich, Andy, from Newcastle, of the Bus Station (2014)
  • Romford, Essex, Sherry (2013)
  • Essex (2013)
  • West Bromwich, Peter at the Bus Station (2014)

Overall, I did enjoy the trip and I would love to go again sometime. It’s massive in the Barbican, so I now know what to expect if I plan on revisiting the Barbican Gallery again in the foreseeable future.

If you enjoyed this article of my trip to the Barbican Gallery, please feel free to submit feedback. All feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

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Do You Think That Bus Drivers are Considerate?

Let’s face it, we’ve all had our fair share of bad experiences, whether it would be to do with a fall or whether it would be to do with the consideration of any passenger‘s safety, especially for those who wait at their bus stops to get the next bus that’s due.

Do I think that bus drivers are considerate? To be honest, it’s 50/50 when it comes to bus drivers, because you don’t know whether that bus driver whose bus you’re getting on is respectful and considerate not just about safety, but considerate about the people who want to get on that specific bus.

I have divided opinions over bus drivers nowadays, because in the past two years that I’ve actually been going it alone on transport, for instance when I’m on my 367 buses, some of the bus drivers I’ve come across show a lack of respect and don’t give any passengers getting on or off the bus a chance to get up, which puts the lives of those getting on or off their buses in danger, without the bus driver giving the passenger’s safety a second thought, while some bus drivers can be very respectful, thoughtful and considerate.

The reasons for why I have divided opinions over bus drivers nowadays is because some of them are, once they get behind the wheel, like joy-riders, thinking it’s okay to play dangerously with the lives of those without even considering the consequences that they will suffer in the process, but some bus drivers aren’t like that at all, and it’s the ones that aren’t like that at all that are very respectful and considerate that I can get along with.

Last Wednesday, just the day before I had to take the following day off from college due to falling sick with a stinking cold and sore throat, I waited at my bus stop like you do on a normal college day, and one of the passengers quite clearly put his hand out to give the bus driver complete indication that some of us could get on, but instead, the bus driver decided to drive on despite being given the indication, and to be honest, yes I took an instant dislike to the bus driver, and because of it, I had to run to the next bus stop just around the corner so I could get on, and believe me, I was in such a foul mood last Wednesday morning as a result.

Luckily I did get to college on time after running at full speed to get to the bus, but I was lucky to have kept a neutral mindset when I was on that bus, because if I didn’t, I could have had a go at the bus driver, and I could have been chucked off the bus straightaway, no questions asked, but I kept a neutral mindset about it all despite being in a foul mood, but also because there’s CCTV on the bus, which is why I didn’t say anything none the wiser, because at the end of the day, it’s common sense, and it’s never a good idea to make your feelings known, especially if CCTV cameras are in use.

This bad experience with transport is nothing new to me though because I’ve suffered a few injuries on my 367 bus in the past (not life-threatening luckily), which was the first time ever that I had fallen on a bus, but this kind of experience is nothing new, not to me and to any of us, but I would appreciate it if something regarding all these issues with bus drivers can be stopped, because it’s only a matter of time before someone gets hurt, and it’s only a matter of time before calls for complaints regarding trouble are made that can get a bus driver the sack.

Just last year, a bus driver was given the sack from her job after throttling the victim in question that caught her on camera jumping a red light, and even then, this news caused quite the furore and a major uproar on social media.

As you can imagine, I was shocked and angry to learn of the news, because I thought that if something like that was to happen on the bus I get on, I would make sure to record or photograph any evidence of a bus driver doing such a thing so that I can say that I was using that kind of evidence to not just my own defence, but the defence of all those on the bus in question.

At the end of the day, all we can only do is ascertain and take on board what is happening around us, as these kinds of problems will not go away unless we act on getting these problems dealt with soon.

If you strongly believe that your safety and best interests at heart should be thought of by bus drivers, then please feel free to feedback your thoughts and opinions on bus drivers. Your thoughts and opinions are much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

The Science Museum | Tuesday 26th January 2016

With it being in the last couple of years since I last visited, and despite the fact my feet were killing me as a result of going up to London for this trip, I went on a trip up to the Science Museum with my class, and while we were there, I wanted to get some photos of the museum, considering that the last time I went, it had a dramatic overhaul in design, and not only that, but some or most parts of the museum had changed from when I made my first ever visit to the Science Museum.

There is so much information that the museum can offer, and I must say, I absolutely enjoyed going there. I took quite a large number of photographs in and around the museum, especially outside the museum too. One of the photos I took inside may look like it was taken outside, considering I took it in a way where there was no reflection, but I can admit, there’s so much information at hand now than there was before, so it was safe to say that I wouldn’t go without any information in my hands.

Also, there are some photographs I took of some of the 3D Miniature Models while in the Science Museum, and just by looking at them, they can be easy to mistake for landscape photographs, or even paintings in that matter. Please do keep in mind though that the photo that shows the tractor and the big tree was slightly cropped to give the photo more depth, and to make it look a lot more presentable for viewing.

Overall, despite the fact my feet were absolutely killing me by the time I got home, it’s safe to say that I absolutely enjoyed my trip up to the Science Museum with my class, and I hope to go up there again at some point in the future.

To conclude, I will leave you with 5 questions:

  1. Have you been to the Science Museum before?
  2. What parts of the Science Museum did you visit?
  3. Is there a certain piece of work there that you like?
  4. If it’s not the first time you’ve been to the Science Museum, when was the last time you went?
  5. What did you enjoy the most about the Science Museum?

Alex Smithson

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Horrific Bad Bus Travel Experience. Crash! Bang! Wallop! Have you ever suffered a nasty fall on any bus in Croydon, London or anywhere in your life?

As I went off on a bit of a tangent on Thursday, I thought it would be good to let my feelings known in full by recalling the horrific bad bus travel experience I suffered almost a year ago.

As you know, I’ve mentioned on some occasions about the unfortunate accident I suffered when I was on my 367 Bromley North bus, well, since I suffered at the hands of that experience, I still think about it to this day, and even now, I still think about it, because it’s a life experience I will never forget for as long as I shall live.

This is how it all happened. I had my music on like you do when you’re travelling home from somewhere like school or college, and up until that point, I had made sure to put the volume of my music down to a reasonable level where I could hear what was around me, and as you know, when the bus stops at a certain point when someone wants to get off, you immediately get up shortly after they do in order to go and grab one of the handles to keep yourself standing when the bus starts to move.

Well, I did that, and just before the doors of the bus even had a chance to close, the bus driver, without warning, and this is a common problem others have experienced, drove without thinking about those standing, and I fell back, and I gashed my right elbow on one of the hard parts of one of the bus seats and winded my chest as a result, which left me unable to breathe for a couple of seconds.

Now, you might think I didn’t have something to break my fall in this instance, well, luckily, I had a thick red and black winter puffer jacket on, and my durable green rucksack on, which looks like the type of bag a soldier would most probably wear to take items with them, and because I had both of those on, I couldn’t grab any poles or handles to prevent myself from suffering from the pain that I immediately endured when I fell, so when I fell, the rucksack and thick puffer jacket prevented me from coming off far worse than I thought I would.

As a result of the fall, not only had I gashed my right elbow and winded my chest as a result of that horrific fall, but I also had to get off at the second to last stop and walk my way back home because I was in so much pain, though getting off at my last stop would have just made things worse, but I have to give full credit to all of the passengers who were on that bus that night that I suffered that horrific fall, they had all of the common decency in the world to actually help me up when I was hurt, and they even asked me if I was alright, but, to the bus driver, however, that still drove on even when I fell, who had refused to helped me up when he could have had the chance to stop the bus, I hope karma comes back to bite you on the backside big time, that way you’ll see just how much pain you caused me.

But, back to the subject of things, I was absolutely mortified, and horrified to have suffered such a bad fall like that, as this kind of thing has never happened to me before when it comes to travelling on buses, but it upset me to the core, though in all fairness, it’s made me open my eyes and realise more, and it has also made me become more aware of the different and various types of attitudes a bus driver can have.

I was told a few months after the fall I had by someone who was on the Bromley North bus that I was on (not the same bus I suffered the nasty fall on, different one) that a woman who was on that bus or the West Croydon bus had suffered a nasty fall, which resulted in her having a broken leg, but most recently this week, I bumped into one of the passengers who was on the same exact bus that I was on the day I had that nasty fall, and even they defended what I experienced, as the bus driver was entirely at fault and not me.

I wasn’t at fault at all, but at the end of the day, his ignorance could have put me in a far worse position than I was that night. He was an arrogant and ignorant pig who obviously doesn’t want to give a care for those who may be young or elderly.

What did I get out of that fall? A juicy bruise on my right elbow and a winded chest with loss of breath for about 10-15 seconds.

If there is one thing I ask for bus drivers in general to do, is that they give those getting on the bus or getting off the bus they’re on enough time to get themselves seated or stood in a position where they can hold onto something that can prevent them from falling.

That’s all I’m asking for, if it means that the health and safety measures are improved a lot more, then this will help any passenger getting on or off the bus the chance to feel just that little bit safer on their journey, so that they never have to suffer untold pain like that again.

My question to you. Have you ever suffered a nasty fall on any bus in Croydon, London or anywhere in your life? If so, please feel free to sound off in the comments below about the bad experience you’ve had with bus travel.

Alex Smithson