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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
13 December 2019