The morning after the night before

by Helen Hooker December. 13, 2019 708 views
One of the more unusual sights - three wise people and a donkey outside the Houses of Parliament!

One of the more unusual sights - three wise people and a donkey outside the Houses of Parliament!

The UK awoke this morning to a rather unexpected general election result. Knowing the streets of London were likely to be a little livelier today, I headed into town again with my camera in search of some post-results characters to photograph.

Camera crews seeking opinions from the public on College Green

Camera crews seeking opinions from the public on College Green

One of the Italian journalists summing up the outcome of the election

One of the Italian journalists summing up the outcome of the election

College Green, where the TV stations broadcast from, was much busier, as crews set up for a day analysing the results. I hung around for a while, photographing the journalists and other visitors who were people watching, like myself.

People watching the TV crews at work on College Green

People watching the TV crews at work on College Green

Later in the day I returned and found more protesters gathering by the green

Later in the day I returned and found more protesters gathering by the green

From there I headed along Whitehall and loitered in the scrum around the gates of Downing Street for an hour or two. Boris Johnson had already visited Buckingham Palace to see the Queen and returned, so the only people arriving were journalists and guests invited for his inaugural address outside the front door of number 10. However, there was no shortage of people to observe, so I went into street photography mode, looking for interesting faces and gestures.

Protesters setting off along Whitehall

Protesters setting off along Whitehall

This chap came out of Downing Street while I was lurking outside - I wonder what he'd been doing there?

This chap came out of Downing Street while I was lurking outside - I wonder what he'd been doing there?

While I waited on the street, I also chatted to lots of people. Britain has been very divided during the election campaign, both about Brexit and the various political parties’ approaches to it. There has been plenty of coverage in the press and on television of conflict and frayed tempers but I didn’t encounter any difficulties today. I spoke to many people, most of whom had entirely different opinions to my own, but all the discussions were good tempered and we agreed to respect each other’s choices. All in all, a very refreshing experience after six weeks of national disagreement.

There's always time for a selfie outside the gates to Downing Street!

There's always time for a selfie outside the gates to Downing Street!

Time will tell how the UK fares as we leave Europe in the new year. It’s not what I would want for this country, but I appreciate many people feel differently. If nothing else good comes of it, it’s given me plenty of photographic inspiration this week!

This chap had a brief chat with the police then proceeded to tell us that it was all the fault of Boris Johnson's parents that he was now our Prime Minister. You can't argue with his logic - if Boris had never been born we'd have someone entirely different!

This chap had a brief chat with the police then proceeded to tell us that it was all the fault of Boris Johnson's parents that he was now our Prime Minister. You can't argue with his logic - if Boris had never been born we'd have someone entirely different!

I saw this chap yesterday too, but didn't manage to catch a clear shot of him until this afternoon

I saw this chap yesterday too, but didn't manage to catch a clear shot of him until this afternoon

13 December 2019

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Jim Hooker 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I like this set even more than yesterday's.  I'm a firm believer in talking to strangers so it's good to see that you are also getting into it. 

I wonder what the man really meant when he blamed Johnson's parents.  If he meant that sending him to boarding school at the age of 8 turned him into the narcissistic, racist, empathy free liar that he is, he may well be right.

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Don Baird 11 months, 2 weeks ago

You only have 6 weeks of national disagreement before the elections. In the US, we have 2 years of national disagreement before the elections.

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