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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Famous statue No.1

As much as I would love to make the leap from point-and-shoot compact to digital SLR, I just can’t see me making the most of a camera that doesn’t fit in a pocket somewhere about my person. With that in mind, I admit to being rather pleased with my latest purchase because, in camera terms I have gone up in the world.

Or at least that’s how I feel.

So pleased have I been with my Casio 3.2 MP camera over the past 3 years, that I went out and bought a Casio 10.1 MP camera; almost identical in looks, shape and capability but with a few technical tweaks as well as the obvious increase in megapixels.

For those of you glazing over with boredom already, I sympathise. I am not one for geeky details but, as with anything, the more interested in something you become, the more you learn, almost by accident.

The point of all this?

Well, yesterday I took a stroll around London town in my lunch break and decided to be a “happy snapper”, pointing and shooting at random views, tweaking the settings and …. well, you get the idea.

Anyhoo, one thing that you can’t fail to notice in London town is the many statues and busts of famous people of the past. I don’t mean famous in a “Big Brother” way or a “Hello” magazine way but famous in the ‘true’ sense of the word.

There are so many that unfortunately, they start to become invisible. “Oh, look, there’s old so-and-so. What did he/she do to deserve a statue then?”

Of course, this is mostly due to the ignorance of the observer (in this case, yours truly) but look a little closer, take the time to read the plaque (if there is one) or, note the name down and have a read online and you will find that London rarely just knocked up a full size bronze statue of someone for the sheer fun of it. Rather, the subject in question warranted remembering for future generations.

With this in mind, I have decided to start a regular spot of “famous statue” posts (hence today’s title) that I find dotted around our capital city.

Today, the winner is William Edward Forster. Click on picture to enlarge and read about him here.

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