Monthly # 74 - Through the streets of London Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 31/08/2018
Judge: Noelcmn

I have tried this once before, but for the Weekly challenge, and I thought we'd give it another try for the monthly competition. Ralph McTell's song, Streets of London is the Challenge for this week, the idea being that you choose an idea/concept/line and match it with an image. Hopefully that will not be too difficult, even if it means that you may not get the song out of your head for a while . It is a wonderful song, full of drama, social commentary and graphics. A favorite of mine too! Here are the words:
Have you seen the old man
In the closed-down market
Kicking up the paper
With his worn out shoes?
In his eyes you see no pride
Hand held loosely at his side
Yesterday's paper telling yesterday's news

Have you seen the old girl
Who walks the streets of London
Dirt in her hair and her clothes in rags?
She's no time for talking
She just keeps right on walking
Carrying her home in two carrier bags

In the all night cafe
At a quarter past eleven
Same old man sitting there on his own
Looking at the world
Over the rim of his teacup
Each tea lasts an hour
And he wanders home alone

Have you seen the old man
Outside the Seaman's Mission
Memory fading with the medal ribbons that he wears
In our winter city
The rain cries a little pity
For one more forgotten hero
And a world that doesn't care

So how can you tell me you're lonely
And say for you that the sun don't shine?
Let me take you by the hand and
Lead you through the streets of London
Show you something to make you change your mind

Usual rules apply:
Must be shot with a Pentax Camera or Samsung clone.
Must be shot in the month of August.
Challenge closes Midnight on Friday 31st August.
Please ensure EXIF is intact, or if it cannot so be done, ensure an explanation of sorts is given, together with other relevant info.

That should be enough to attract a good few entries. Good luck and I look forward to seeing your submissions, which I am sure will be very interesting.
Competition Entries


Link Posted 02/09/2018 - 12:43
My apologies, this is late, but in defence in can only mention that due to ministry obligations, Saturdays and Sundays are rather busy days. A rather disappointing batch for this challenge, which I had hoped was broad enough to attract more entries to the monthly challenge. Seems we are somewhat recalcitrant when it comes to Monthly challenges. Still I am gratified with the three entries submitted, skilled and certainly creative photography. My thoughts on the entries.

So how can you tell me you’re lonely – John Riley- certainly an emotive shot, she has a suitable plaintive look in the eye and garb to match. Not 100% sure if this has pulled it off, there is something that shouts “model” or “set-up” about the shot! Maybe the bucket! Still I appreciate the effort and thought!

So how can you tell me you’re lonely- NigelK- I would have opted more for the “Carrying her home in two carrier bags” as a title, which is what I immediately thought of looking at this image. Love your presentation, there are notes of hope for a better life in the city beyond! The back view, not showing the face is a suitable option, one which in m years of interacting with the homeless, would be much appreciated, conserving pride despite the social ranks. I especially like the B/W for added drama and that little titbit of reflection gives it a very nice contextual settings!

The world in a teacup- Abe_normal- What a nice interpretation of “Looking at the world over the rim of his teacup’. Kudos on the effort, and fabulous PP. Personally I find this kind of shot too difficult, and have stopped counting the efforts! All the rest is there, color, composition light. A more imaginative director would use it too! A story to be explored!

1st place to NigelK- an image that captures the essence of the song
2nd spot to JohnRiley- wonderful attempt- almost pulling it off.
3rd spot to Abe_noprmal- a different but acceptable interpretation!

Over to you Nigel, with the hope that September month will enjoy more entries


Link Posted 02/09/2018 - 16:23
Thanks for the comments and congratulations to Nigel on his win.

It is disappointing that the monthly competition sometimes has very little by way of entries but hopefully it will improve.
Best regards, John


Link Posted 02/09/2018 - 19:31
Thank you Noelcmn, a very pleasant bit of news to come home to. I thought I might get on the podium. seriously, it is a shame that there were not more entries. I'm glad not to have been the judge because I would have struggled to pick the winner and places.
We move onward, I hope you all have a go in Septembers Contre-jour competition.
Last Edited by Nigelk on 02/09/2018 - 19:32


Link Posted 03/09/2018 - 02:07
Congratulations to Nigel on his deserved win.

I hope the judge didn't find it too sapping to be positive about my entry, and "different but acceptable" is too kind - I knew I had bungled it when posting.

Somehow, I fixated on the stanza "Looking at the world / Over the rim of his teacup" and the obvious image would be: teacup held up to face with background view out of cafe window. Not fancying the effort of organising that, I switched to "Looking at the world": globe reflected in eyeball.

I became attached to the idea of globes reflecting, and remembered mention of the teacup. Without double-checking the brief, I produced and edited the picture. I re-read the poem when it came to posting, but decided to go ahead anyway. Clearly the world should be OUTSIDE the teacup. (A better idea for illustrating this did occur, but it was too late - my own fault for leaving things to the last minutes).


Link Posted 03/09/2018 - 07:27
Congratulations to Nigel.... evocative picture!
Also John and Abe_Normal....
Apologies to Noelcmn.... I tried to do something with "Yesterday's Papers" but they were seriously unimaginative.
As for the lack of entries, I wonder if others are like myself.... I have hit the doldrums!
I have plenty of "Horizons" pictures to trawl through, too, for the weekly.... but by yesterday morning .... there were other things that needed my attention!
My photographic batteries are flat.... I am finding nothing to inspire me at the moment....
Never be afraid to talk about your techniques...
"Give a thousand photographers...
the same camera, lens and scene...
and you'll always get a thousand different takes!!"
Last Edited by drofmit on 03/09/2018 - 07:28
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