LNDNWLK 2.0

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Projects | 40 Comments
LNDNWLK 2.0

My blog has been quiet for a while, much longer than I had anticipated. Rebecca and I are just back from a six week trip through Europe and Scandinavia, from the end of August until the beginning of October. We started in Ireland and then went to Germany, Norway, the UK and Greece. I am really looking forward to finally being able to share my images from this trip.

In September we went to London for LNDNWLK 2.0, a London-based photo walk and social gathering, which Rebecca and I organize and host together with Mathieu and Heather from MirrorLessons. The first LNDNWLK was a small get-together with a total of 18 photographers and for the second edition we had more than 35 people signing up from 11 different countries.

The day started with teaching a free film photography workshop, kindly sponsored by Kodak and Richard Photo Lab. After a short lunch break we were invited by Stephen Bartels Gallery for a private gallery viewing, followed by a great photo walk through the city of London and a wonderful dinner.

I am still excited thinking about this day, which was certainly one of the highlights of our trip. I think what I liked about it most was that I felt so many people I’ve networked with online before became friends. The atmosphere of the whole day was very helpful, positive and encouraging – something you don’t find around every corner in the photography world.

I would like to express my gratitude towards everyone attending and making this such a special day, for taking the time and effort to travel to London to attend the walk and also to the companies involved supporting a community event that has no commercial purpose but to share the love of photography across brands and platforms.

I shot a mix of B&W and color on our last trip to London and decided to only shoot B&W this time. I found it very challenging to socialize and shoot at the same time, but after all LNDNWLK is about people.

All images were shot with the Leica M2 and the Nokton 50mm 1.5 ASPH VM on Kodak Tri-X 400. All images scanned and processed by Richard Photo Lab in California:

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40 Comments

  1. Ray
    14. October 2014

    So beautiful Johnny – what an inspiring set of images for my eyes this morning. Great eye for all these!! And SO envious of that wonderful trip. :)

  2. Johnny
    14. October 2014

    Thank you so much, Ray. I’m happy that you enjoyed the pictures!

    It would have been so great to meet you in London, maybe it’ll work out for NYCWLK in 2015. That would be awesome. :)

  3. Rebecca Lily
    14. October 2014

    These are SO TERRIFIC, every last one of them. I’m just in awe how you manage to see so many great scenes on such a fast-paced walk through a busy city! Love the portraits of everyone that you got. And Leica/Tri-X/You = WOW. Just keep doing what you’re doing, however you’re doing that. It’s a winner. :)

  4. Johnny
    14. October 2014

    Rebecca, thank you for your kind words.

    I thought shooting and talking with other photographers at the same time was a very interesting and inspiring experience. It’s so great to see how everyone got a different view on the city and how the different personalities and shooting styles reflect in all of the results.

    It really means a lot to me that you like how these came out. I found the situation very challenging as mentioned above and I usually don’t shoot street or portraits as you know. But it was fun. I really love what you did with the Rollei and I am very proud of you for mastering this situation so well with such a difficult setup!

  5. Charlotte
    14. October 2014

    These are amazing, Johnny! I am so there for LNDNWLK 3.0! ;)

  6. Johnny
    14. October 2014

    I hope you will be, Charlotte! :)

    It was so great meeting you in London, thank you again for making the time. I have a portrait of you that I would like to share, I’ll tweet it in the next couple of days (as soon as Rebecca published her post).

  7. Bill McCarroll
    14. October 2014

    Your images are always inspiring Johnny, love what you do with Tri-X. Great to see shots of the participants in LNDNWLK and to know you all had a great time. I’m sure Stephen Bartels was a great host too at the gallery. All of us who weren’t there wish we could have been. Looking forward to NYCWLK whenever that may be.

  8. Johnny
    14. October 2014

    Bill, I’m really happy that you enjoyed these shots. That means a lot, especially because I know how much you love B&W film and how good you are with it.

    We had a wonderful time and Stephen was an excellent host. I really enjoyed the private viewing at SGB. I hope that we will be able to somehow convince him and his wife to join us for NYCWLK (which will very likely take place in 2015).

    Thank you so much for your kind feedback.

  9. Giovanni
    14. October 2014

    Your blog has been quiet for a while and I have been patiently waiting for these great pics. I would be more than very happy if I could attend a workshop here in Italy.

    Best,

    Giovanni

  10. Johnny
    14. October 2014

    Thank you very much, Giovanni.

    Yes, it has been quite a while since the last update. Thank you for your patience. I’ll keep you posted about a workshop in Italy. If that doesn’t work out, maybe a coffee would. :)

  11. Elan Cohen
    14. October 2014

    Beautiful images. Made me feel like I was walking the streets of the city.

  12. Johnny
    14. October 2014

    Thank you so much, my friend! I’m really happy to hear that. :)

  13. Jakob
    14. October 2014

    Wow, an all black & white post from JP! Really nice images!

  14. Johnny
    14. October 2014

    Thank you, Jakob! Glad you enjoyed them!

  15. Atle Rønningen
    14. October 2014

    Just perfect! As Rebecca wrote: every single one is great capture. I also like the portraits and how you present them together with street photography. Well done friend.

  16. Johnny
    14. October 2014

    Atle, thanks very much.

    I tried to stretch my comfort zone a bit with going all B&W, street photography and candid portraits. But I thought that sounded right for LNDNWLK. It’s really great to hear that you like these pictures. :)

  17. Jade Sheldon-Burnsed
    14. October 2014

    Wonderful. I hope I get to attend a London Walk with all of you someday…

  18. Johnny
    15. October 2014

    We would love to have you, Jade.

    We’re also looking into a photo walk in New York City for next year. Maybe you and Cory would enjoy being part of that.

  19. Rober-Paul Jansen
    15. October 2014

    What a great post Johnny, seems like you have done a great job capturing not the obvious but even so beautiful things during the walk. The photos like the skull, “road closed”, “SOS”, “Karaoke room” etcetera compliment the great portraits in this post.. and that during a walk during which we had little time to photograph because we were socialising with all these great online friends.

    I had to fly from the Netherlands to London for this, but I had such a great time during the walk it was all worth it. Thank you, Rebecca, Heather and Matthieu for hosting this great day.

    Just remind me to ask you to take a portrait of me the next time I see you. ;)

  20. Johnny
    15. October 2014

    Thank you very much for your kind words, Robert-Paul.

    Also a huge thank you for making the effort and flying to London for the event. It was so great meeting you there, I just wish we all would have had a little more time to talk.

    I agree, this wasn’t the easiest situation to shoot. But I had a lot of fun doing so and I’m happy to hear that it was worth it to you too.

    I would really love to take your portrait next time we meet! :)

  21. Jason de Plater
    15. October 2014

    These photos have a real timeless quality to them, Johnny.
    I knew you did colour well, but now we all know you understand black and white just as skillfully too.

  22. Johnny
    15. October 2014

    Jason, that’s very kind of you. Thank you very much! :)

  23. Maurice
    15. October 2014

    I did my very first photo walk last week. In the city of JHB. So cool to see your shots.

  24. Johnny
    15. October 2014

    Thanks so much, Maurice! Glad you enjoyed them. Please feel free to link your images next time, I would have loved to see them.

  25. Stephen Bartels
    16. October 2014

    Great photos Johnny. The one of the bricks is a master piece. At first I could not tell whether it was a photograph of dilapidated blocks of flats. It had an almost Chernobyl feel about it. I love the clever use of ambiguity.

    The other one I really liked was the one where you could see a photographer out in the middle of the street crouching down taking a photograph a very subtle touch which reveals the absurdities that we sometimes encounter, especially in London.

  26. Johnny
    16. October 2014

    Thanks very much for your kind words, Stephen. I really appreciate your feedback.

    I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures. The photographer in the middle of the street is our friend Chris Mann and the portrait is of Thomas Menk.

    Thank you again for all of your help with the workshop and your offer for the private gallery viewing at SBG. It was a real pleasure meeting you and Minakshi.

  27. Jim
    16. October 2014

    If the dates work, I’m in for NYC!

  28. Johnny
    17. October 2014

    Jim, that would be terrific! :)

  29. Francesca
    18. October 2014

    Love theses pictures and B&W.
    Really like the one with the photographer in the middle of the road.
    Looking forward to London 3.0, will try to make it.
    Seems like a wicked experience.

  30. Johnny
    19. October 2014

    Thanks very much, Francesca! I’m happy to hear you like the shots.

    It would be great to see you at the next LNDNWLK, I am already looking forward to it!

  31. Stephanie
    19. October 2014

    I am SO happy y’all are back and I love these images. Brilliant! You & Rebecca are such an inspiration.

  32. Johnny
    20. October 2014

    Stephanie, thank you so much for your kind words and your feedback.

  33. Jenni Kupelian
    27. October 2014

    That is some beautiful grain. Especially the last shot.

  34. Johnny
    27. October 2014

    Thank you, Jenni! I’m glad you like it. :)

  35. Daniel
    27. October 2014

    As always, excellent work! So glad to see you’re back and sharing with us. Looks like it was an amazing trip. So envious, but in a good way. I’ve always loved how you tell stories by the way you capture empty/secluded spaces. This time however you captured the people, it was interesting to see you shot more portraits this time. Any particular reason? Looking forward to seeing more.

  36. Johnny
    28. October 2014

    Daniel, thank you very much.

    Yes, the trip was really great and we had a wonderful time. I feel very lucky being able to experience that and photograph so many different places around the world.

    To answer your question, I think how I shoot a certain location is very intuitive. I don’t really reflect much on that in the situation. But you are right, LNDNWLK was in the true sense of the word much more about the people than it was about a place.

    Glad you enjoyed the pictures! :)

  37. Amber McHugh
    31. March 2015

    Hi Johnny,

    Beautiful images. I wish I could have been there…

    Hoping and watching for info on the NY walk?! Please let me know when you have a date, as I am eager to sign up.

    Thank you!

    Amber (We met at WPPI-Richards booth)

  38. Johnny
    2. April 2015

    Thanks very much for your kind words, Amber!

    Please have a look here, we will update the site asap. It was great meeting you at WPPI, I hope you had a good time.

    Looking forward to seeing you in New York! :)

  39. Keana C.
    7. May 2015

    Johnny,

    I’m a HUGE fan. I am new to film and I recently came across your site in a Google search for help with “metering for film”. I found your blog post, http://www.johnnypatience.com/metering-for-film/. Your explanation was SO refreshingly easy! And I was relieved. I love and needed easy.

    I became a fan immediately because in addition to being a FANTASTIC photographer, I’m impressed with the knowledge you share, how real you are, and the fact that you take time to respond to the people that comment on your posts. In a land where photographers can be so “Hollywood”, the fact that you’re personable and that you actually take the time to let people know that you appreciate their comments and compliments is amazing to me.

    You ROCK!

  40. Johnny
    8. May 2015

    Keana, thank you so very much for your kind words.

    I’m very happy to hear that you found the blog post so helpful and easy to comprehend, that was exactly what I was hoping for. :)

    I’m very flattered and humbled by your words, thank you. I do appreciate every single comment that someone leaves on my blog, every kind word on social media and every email that I receive. It means a lot to me if someone takes the time to interact and express that what I do creatively means something to them.

    I have a lot to be thankful for and I am very aware that any kind of recognition you receive as a photographer is carried by the people that appreciate your work.

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