Now, this may sound like a cheap Deatheater-Advertisment (Come, Join Us and Play with Darkness. Every new member gets a cookie and a life-size Voldemort-doll. Bring a friend and you’ll receive free hair extensions Malfoy-style). It’s a little more than that, though; I’d like to challenge you, my dear reader and fellow photography-friend to embrace the darkness when it comes to experimental photography.
I mostly travel without a tripod, because I’m a minimalist and lazy, but when it comes to long-exposure shots in the darkness, a smooth, calm surface is golds worth. But, unfortunately, we don’t always have such a smooth, calm surface and tend to not give the photo a try as we can already guess that the light isn’t going to be sufficient. However, when we start to redefine the goal of our photo, we might actually be able to capture something yes, unintended but still surpurisingly aestehtic. The funny thing with darkness is that i can be used to enhance the few light spots in the picture and thus create a whole new perception of the scenery.
Talking about Harry Potter: The photos you can see here were taken in Leadenhall Market, which was used as Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The entrance to the wizard’s pub, the Leaky Cauldron, is in real life an optician in Bull’s Head Passage. And if you’re a fellow geek: here are The Top 10 Harry Potter Film Locations in London.
The day we went to Leadenhall Market was a Sunday. It was also our departure day, which is why we couldn’t wait for the shops to open, the lights to be switched on, or any of the other magic to start shining. A bit disappointed at first, we tried some long-exposure shots to focus at least on some of the magnificent Victorian architecture. Though the photos were not as originally intended, I’m still rather satisfied with the overall results as the focus is now set on the ceiling structure, which is a real architectural gem.
Camera: Minolta SRT101