London Bridge to Bethnal Green........and back

So what do you do with the days between Christmas and New Year apart from stuffing your face further, flake out on the sofa and watch rubbish TV? 

Well if you happened to have given yourself and 35mm f/2 prime lens for your Fujifilm for Christmas then it would be really rude to not take it out for a test run to see how it performed. So on the 28th I got together with my dear photography friend Joe O'malley for a walk through the East End, and boy did we walk. London Bridge to Bethnal Green.....and back

 Light and fog on London Bridge

Light and fog on London Bridge

 The Crow & the Fog

The Crow & the Fog

The journey which was around 17km by the time I had made it back home took us through Liverpool Street, Petticoat Lane, Whitechapel, Spitalfield, Brick Lane, Columbia Road, Hackney, Haggerston, Cambridge Heath, Bethnal Green, Shoreditch, Old Street with loops and twirls and back streets. Such an experience, almost empty and so tranquil (it will seem most of London were still away or still sat at home on the sofa in PJ's). The weather kept changing from clear blue skies to thick mist and fog that hung over the rooftops which made the most nondescript places look eerie and spooky and put an edge to the street art and candid captures we took along the journey. 

Through of all this I had Joe telling me about the artists that had created the murals and street art we came across. To boot he is also a walking talking encyclopedia when it comes to the history of East End. I learned so much about anything and everything from Jack the Ripper to architecture, estates, transport, storefronts, jobs you name it - brilliant!

 Original Store Front

Original Store Front

What was even more brilliant was how the lens performed. No disappointment whatsoever with crisp and clear captures, it didn't keep chasing for focus like the 23mm and did great in the low light and fog. I love the Bokeh and found little if any distortion. I had done a lot of research beforehand as there is also a 35mm f/1.4 on the market but at a much greater cost. The majority of all the reviews seem to suggest it was hardly anything between them so at the lower cost this one was the preferred lens. Well this is my new favourite thing and I have had it with me everyday since  and it just keeps giving.

Below are some of the  many captures from our walk around, I had a somewhat hard time choosing. 

 Petticoat Lane

Petticoat Lane

 Contrasts of old and new

Contrasts of old and new

 Spooky

Spooky

 Old derelict Victorian Building

Old derelict Victorian Building

 Fun

Fun

 Mural near Spitalfield

Mural near Spitalfield

 Murals just off Brick Lane

Murals just off Brick Lane

 Alleyway of urban art

Alleyway of urban art

 Two fingers

Two fingers

 Keep breathing

Keep breathing

 Watching the world go by

Watching the world go by

 Overgrown Bridge

Overgrown Bridge

 Spooky park behind Brick Lane

Spooky park behind Brick Lane

 Urban Explorer

Urban Explorer

 Cold

Cold

 Classic Mural 

Classic Mural 

 Feeling observed

Feeling observed

 Bright boozer

Bright boozer

 Columbia Road without the market

Columbia Road without the market

 Cheese London, Hackney

Cheese London, Hackney

 Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

 Dining next to Brilliancy

Dining next to Brilliancy

 Dundee Arms

Dundee Arms

 Foggy Walk

Foggy Walk

 Fog in Bethnal Green

Fog in Bethnal Green

 Mural in Bethnal Green

Mural in Bethnal Green

 an early exit of Chrstmas

an early exit of Chrstmas

 Wooden mudguards

Wooden mudguards

 I've got my eye on you

I've got my eye on you

 E1

E1

 Magic light in Old Street

Magic light in Old Street

 Sneaking a peek

Sneaking a peek

 Shoreditch

Shoreditch

 Colourful

Colourful

 Stickman oh Stickman.....

Stickman oh Stickman.....