Sunday, 27 October 2013

Hairy Goat - London

Over the last couple of years I have spent a substantial amount of my travel time in the incredible bustling city of London. A city that I love returning to and am sure will spend much more time in over the years to come. Its vibrancy and combination of old and new is incredibly unique, with the added element of discovery one can have by simply wandering the streets. There is always something new and wonderful to immerse yourself in.

As I am sure to write a lot about London over the next little while, I don't want to go into too much detail of the city itself or my many experiences there, instead, today I wish to write about one of my favourite experiences in London - the Mystery Photography Tour run by Hairy Goat.

In 2012 I spent almost two weeks running around London by myself. I did everything! I think I saw a show or concert every night, explored the galleries, shopped, walked for hours on end and visited every London tourist attraction you can think of. But, for me the Hairy Goat Photography Tour stood out.

Run by the wonderful Corinna, a fellow Australian, you are taken on a tour of the city of London like no other. For a couple of hours you are immersed in the sights and history of central London, as she takes you to her favourite hidden gems.

I was fortunate enough to be the only client on the day and we were joined by one of Corinna's trainees leading to the three of us laughing and running around the city, cameras in hand snapping everything we saw.

As it is predominantly a photography tour, you are given as much guidance as needed with your camera. If you are a beginner you will learn the basics of photography and be able to relate it to your specific camera whilst exploring London in a new light. The Hairy Goat team expose you to a new way of looking at the sights you see, allowing you to visualise and capture your images differently. Even though I am somewhat experienced with my camera, Corinna encouraged me to view London from different angles and to get out of my comfort zone (I was literally lying on the floor taking photos of puddles at one stage!) which I took with me beyond London and on the rest of my travels since.

I caught up with my parents in London just after attending the tour and I swear I couldn't stop talking about it and ended up taking them on the rout myself later in the week!!!

All the photos in today's blog are from this tour. Although I take a lot of pride in many of my photos taken of the city over the years (many inspired from this tour) I thought I would simplify my selection and give you an example of the sorts of places visited on the tour itself.

As I said, I went on the London Mystery Photography Tour (a tour combining photography tuition and a path along the somewhat hidden sights of London with all its history) but Hairy Goat run a large range of different tours and workshops designed to get you experimenting and taking the best photos you can of this beautiful city.

If you are in London, or are thinking of visiting I highly recommend you check them out!

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  1. I've been looking into various different photography tours lately, I think they sound awesome! You got some great and pretty abstract pictures from it too.

    Kate | Diaries of a Essex Girl

    1. They really are a lot of fun! Let me know if you end up going on a tour :)
      Thanks so much for reading. x

  2. Wooh! Nice shots!

    I hadn't heard of this... I've been living in London for a few months now (after leaving Australia) and I absolutely love it here... such an incredible city, rich with everything you could as for!

    I will definitely keep this tour in mind! Thank you!

    1. Thanks so much Graeme!

      How exciting to have only recently moved to London! It is such a wonderful city, I always feel so comfortable there. I will be writing more about my time in London soon, but as you say, it is such a rich city that it is hard to know where to begin.

      Let me know if you make it on a tour :)