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Having lived in the Waltham Abbey area for nearly 10 years now it seemed almost criminal that we hadn’t visited Copped Hall. So This weekend we put that right, and we’re glad we did.

It’s by no means the biggest and best stately home out there. There’s no glitz, no glamour and to most it’s just a derelict building. But then those that think like that also think Britain’s Got Talent is great entertainment, horses for courses I guess.

Copped Hall is more than just… “here’s a big, pretty house, give us your money and don’t touch anything”. It’s a work in progress. One that has so far taken years of hard work and cost lots of money (money raised by the people doing the hard work themselves, for free)!

If I’m totally honest Copped Hall is better than seeing all the glitz and glamour. It’s totally unique and far more honest than the majority of ‘open houses’ that you can visit. It’s a place you’ll go to again and again too, just to see how they’re doing. In fact when time allows I’d be happy to get involved and get my hands dirty myself.

Obviously on this occasion I took my camera along and made some images, whilst being taken on various guided tours by the very knowledgable volunteers. Copped Hall is a fascinating place and a project I hope one day gets the rewards it deserves.  

On a recent visit to London I took in the ‘Sensing Spaces’ exhibition at the Royal Academy. The exhibition was geared very much towards the creation of space and using it.  There were some great exhibits on show, all of which allowing a unique way to interact with it. The use of clever lighting, mirrors, straws (yes straws) and lots of wood all being used very effectively.

Obviously with all this ‘interaction’ the making of some interesting photos had to follow, I couldn’t help myself!

I hope you enjoy the images I have selected. Feel free to comment and share.

Sensing Spaces

Fuji recently announced the all black X100s and I felt this was my cue to buy myself one, for no other reason than I like black.

As a Fuji Pro user for well over a year now (XPro/XE1) it made total sense to have this little camera in my arsenal for general purpose and street photography. My switch to a mirrorless system from DSLR has been blogged on my business website here if you are interested.

So yesterday I got my first opportunity to give my new tool a proper testing in the real world, rather than just endless shots of the dog. So I headed off to London for a little bit of street photography and a trip up The Shard!

Now this is not a tech blog on how good the Fuji X100s is, others do those much better, and to be honest I’m not into the numbers and pixel peeking. Plus the X100s has been out a while now and the only difference is the colour.

To me it’s how the camera feels, how it acts and how much I enjoy using it. On the three counts that mattered to me the Fuji X100s is a real winner. The perfect balance for usability, speed an image quality, plus when not in use it fitted straight in my pocket!

If you get a chance and you’re looking out for a small street photography camera, I strongly suggest you give one a try for yourself. It’s definitely not for everybody, but those that ‘get it’ will absolutely love it.

Below are few images from the day out. I hope you enjoy my first blog on Exit Thirteen, you’re comments are always welcome.

Anybody that knows me will be aware that I am a very keen photographer of street art and especially graffiti. In fact I was an active graffiti writer in my late teens and to this day I still write, albeit on sketchbooks and canvas now, I’m 43!

Once in a while I like to take myself off with my camera to capture any fresh paint that I’ve heard about. But on this occasion I didn’t travel alone. As it was Half Term my daughter Robyn insisted she come along. Hearing that her Daddy was a graffiti writer once upon a time, she was clearly keen to see what goes on. I’d guess from some of the images she had fun I have now promised to teach her. Wish me luck, she makes a mess with just watercolours.

You may notice that these images show a different watermark to my usual posts. There’s a simple explanation for this, which is in the New Year I am hoping to be launching a brand new website displaying just my personal work. This will include, street, street art, graffiti and even some landscape etc.

So stay tuned here and look out for Exit Thirteen coming soon!

Enjoy the images and feel free to share or comment.