Maria’s Market Café. The Centrepiece of Borough Market!

Maria’s Market Café serves as the centrepiece of Borough Market and captures Borough Market and her café even during the busiest and most quiet times of the year!

Have you seen the architecture of Borough Market? Come across Maria’s Market Café?

I would love to hear your responses.

Alex Smithson

Date of Photograph Produced: Saturday 5th January 2019

Variety & Quality at Borough Market!

Get the finest foods and drinks with different varieties and qualities at Borough Market!

If you’ve been to Borough Market before, I would love to hear your responses.

If you haven’t been to Borough Market before, but are considering going to Borough Market soon or sometime in the future, I would love to hear your responses.

Alex Smithson

Date of Photograph Produced: Saturday 5th January 2019

London’s Feeling Gloomy!

In the midst of the freezing cold weather, London is feeling gloomy under the clouds. With 2019 already here, it’s no surprise that Winter is in full swing!

What makes you feel gloomy?

I would love to hear your responses.

Alex Smithson

Monthly Roundup: December 2018

What a year it has been! There have been ups and downs over the course of 2018 but it’s been one heck of a good year!

For one last time, I will be taking a quick look back at the articles published over the course of December.

1.12.2018 – To celebrate the start of December, Mother Nature got a small makeover just in time for the festive season!

10.12.2018 – The next subject I photographed for my photography series, The Concept of Expression, was my close friend, Oriane Rose Beech.

13.12.2018 – Almost two weeks after leaving my full-time self-employed job, I secured myself two part-time jobs midway through the previous week.

15.12.2018 – After 20 years, a lot of hype and anticipation, our favourite purple blaze runner, Spyro the Dragon, finally returned in the remastered Spyro Reignited Trilogy that consisted of full remakes of the first three games, Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage (EU Version: Gateway to Glimmer) and Spyro: Year of the Dragon.

18.12.2018 – In time for the 20th Anniversary, following Activision Blizzard’s successful remasters of the Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy and the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Crash Bandicoot officially returns to the racing track in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled on the 21st June 2019.

20.12.2018 – After a long time of writing about something personal to me, I finally opened up about my mental health as I suffer from anxiety and mild depression.

It took a lot of courage, but opening up about how I really feel lifted a weight off my shoulders that I carried for so long and I’m so much more open with everyone about mental health as it’s something close to my heart.

24.12.2018 – The design of Ravensbourne University gave off a psychedelic approach!

25.12.2018 – Wishing you all a Happy Christmas!

30.12.2018 – HMV holds a special place in my heart as their stores always were a part of my childhood, and even when advancing into adulthood, I couldn’t help but immerse myself in the music every time I walked into their stores.

This monthly roundup brings 2018 to a remarkable close. Please check back soon for 2018: A Year in Review.

Thank you for such a wonderful year!

Alex Smithson

I Secured Myself Two Part-Time Jobs!

Almost two weeks after I left my full-time self employed job, I’m pleased to say that I secured myself two part-time jobs midway through last week.

One is a customer assistant job which I’m excited to start on following the induction which went well yesterday and on Saturday, while the other part-time job allows me to book shifts, which is ideal for the days I have off work, but it means I’ll be able to use some more free time to do my thing and keep busy at what I want to do in my free time.

I applied to over 10 jobs and got two part-time jobs. The customer assistant position is local to where I live which is a bonus and I get a few more days off to spend more quality time at home and also to go out and about and make use of the free time.

The other position isn’t local but surrounds the London areas and it means I can earn additional income. I’m so excited about both positions and cannot wait to start them both.

This also means I may be able to publish a bit more than I used to which is a bonus, though that can depend on whether I become busy or not.

I wanted to let you all know of the good news as soon as I could.

Alex Smithson

The Concept of Expression: Oriane Rose Beech

The next subject in my photography series is my close friend, Oriane Rose Beech.

Whilst me and a couple of close friends revisited Mayfield Lavender Farm in June, shortly after marking my 20th Birthday, we did a lot of catching up after some time considering I had the last two weeks of June off for annual leave.

While we were there, Oriane was so expressive and was being herself as these photos proved she was being her actual self and not the version of herself others would expect of her.

Also, these facial expressions you see her making were actually off-guard and not put on at all. Oriane wasn’t even aware of the expressions she made until I showed her these photographs and even now the photos create humour and energy and to be yourself, to express yourself and to show everyone who you actually are and not what anyone thinks you really are is an admirable and rare freedom in itself.

I chose these three photos from this photo-set that I knew would stand out the most after I put them up on the Mother Nature Instagram Page.

Looking back at these photographs and seeing just how good they were after I produced them made me realise that everyone has a personality, it’s about knowing the personality of the person you come across and not the version of the personality others expect that matters.

I look for the real personality in everyone, not the version of their personality that others expect of them and these photo-sets are my intention of documenting mental health on a personal level where you can always be yourself free from the judgment of others who want, need and expect you to conform or pander to their way of how they want you to look to them.

I look below the surface when it comes to the subjects I photograph as I want to capture how they really feel emotionally deep-down behind the hard exterior they show.

It’s not about how they feel on the outside that I’m bothered about, it’s how they really feel on the inside that truly matters.

I feel this is a remarkable improvement on the photo-sets I’ve produced for the series so far, but if there are any improvements I can make, please let me know in the comments. I would love to hear your responses.

Alex Smithson

Date of Photo-Set Produced: Sunday 17th June 2018

Location of Photoshoot: Mayfield Lavender Farm, Banstead, London

DSLR Used: Nikon D3300

Lens Used: 18 – 55 NIKKOR Lens

Welcome to December!

Welcome to December! It’s hard to believe it’s the last 4 weeks of the year and the time has flown! I hadn’t anticipated for the time to fly so fast, but it’s been a whirlwind of a year.

As 2018 closes its doors for good at the end of the month, it’s hardly surprising that this year has been the busiest year on record.

Over the next few weeks, I will be continuing to apply for more jobs, but I will be doing the best I can to try and get some articles / photo moments / reviews in if I can, but I hope you all wrap up warm over the next few weeks and enjoy the Christmas festive season now it’s finally here!

Mother Nature gets a small makeover just in time for the festive season! 

Also, today is World AIDS Day, so if you are someone or know someone who is going through the life-threatening disease, please make sure to raise awareness and make a positive difference for anyone who may be HIV+, as it’s time the world made a difference. Know Your Status!

Until then, Welcome to December!

Alex Smithson

Monthly Roundup: November 2018

It’s been quite a busy few weeks, some ups and downs here and there but a lot has happened this month. The time has flown like the wind, literally! 2018 is set to close its doors at the end of next month and it’s hard to imagine it felt like yesterday 2018 started, and now it’s almost the end of the year.

Without further ado, I’ll quickly summarise the articles / photo moments published over the course of November.

1.11.2018 – November kicked off with an almighty bang with firework night being just around the corner, and with the thick coats, scarves and gloves coming out for Autumn, Autumn was in full swing as we head towards Winter and towards the end of the year.

2.11.2018 – The Shard is a beautiful building at night, especially from London Bridge Train Station.

3.11.2018 – It was chilly in Chiswick but it was a beautiful sight to behold, especially as the sun set over the landscape!

6.11.2018 – Whilst on the way to Bermondsey, I couldn’t resist capturing Shoreditch High Street at its finest!

13.11.2018 – The landscape around Essex was absolutely exquisite!

26.11.2018 – If you ever go to Shoreditch and it’s busy and full of traffic, get your “A” game on!

27.11.2018 – Imagine the chances of seeing love in a lot of murals! Both murals inspired around PopEye captured that heartwarming feeling!

28.11.2018 – As Christmas is a time to celebrate, Centrale Croydon wishes you all a Happy Christmas just in time for the festive season!

Thank you so much, everyone, for a great month. This month has been busy, fun, and emotional, and as I leave behind my self-employed Brand Ambassador position after a month to look around for a jobs, your continued support means a lot to me, but I’ll be keeping an eye out for jobs and will be applying to jobs as I go along.

Again, thank you so much, everyone, and I shall see you all in December!

Alex Smithson