As I am making my own agenda for this trip it has been important to make sure there is a routine.  Being 3 hours ahead in my body clock is certainly enough to feel out of sorts.  I was a lightweight going out with Emma the previous evening and was in bed for 11pm but wide awake at 6am – jet lag can be a cruel thing….

Saturday was about doing a gentle reconnaissance around the Palermo district that I am staying in and also to try out my new camera Fuji X-E2. I have the kit lens along with the 23mm and 55-200mm but today I just had the kit lens on this trip out which is 18-55mm.  What initially I am finding with the camera is that I am messing about with aperture much more because of the aperture ring makes it so much easier to do.  So playing at f.16 , f.22 has been rather fun rather than setting the aperture to e.g. f.4 and working around the ISO and shutter speed. Actually I am finding that the shutter speed is being more the constant. I am a manual girl by the way.

I started walking along Thames street where the hotel is situated and just carried on walking and walking (a very long street).  The first thing about this place that struck me is the graffiti – everywhere! The buildings in Palermo district have a faded grandeur about them which I love which is intermingled with street art and tags.

 This little chap above kept popping up so I have dedicated a complete montage just for him!

The other most striking thing is the tree lined streets and I a mean tree lined!  Incredible! Huge trees that frame the architecture and softens the harshness of the graffiti.
I actually stayed in a straight line on my walk but the side streets were very inviting but knowing my history the day before in getting lost I thought is wise to stay on the one street.

 There is a huge Italian influence here so I wasn’t surprised to see shops selling fresh pasta and I am not quite sure what is behind the crocheted trees so if someone can explain that one to me I would be very grateful! N.B since this post was made I have found out that it is called Yarn bombing by Licia Santuz
My morning finished with returning to the hotel and here is the entrance with the modern internal courtyard – the second window is my room. Also, the art, sculptures in this district are phenomenal. Certainly this artisan area was a very good place to have my base.
Annie Armitage – Photographic Artist
Annie Armitage is a photographer who specialises in producing timeless images.  As one of the top contemporary, family lifestyle photographers in the UK she produces images of pregnancy, newborn, babies of all sizes, families, teenagers (seniors), dogs and also has a commercial side to her business which is predominantly  headshots as well as formal but approachable portraits for annual reports or PR purposes and lifestyle images for SME’s portfolios and website.
 
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