Monday, August 17

- #LumiaStreetArt Tour with Talented Talkers...

Who saw my recent Instagram shot of a creepy mask (here)?

Well, I was lucky enough to be invited along on the #LumiaStreetArt photography tour* by the lovely people at Talented Talkers. Admittedly, I'm not the hugest fan of street art, but I was keen to learn more and wanted to see if my opinion would change, plus the chance to experiment with photography along with fellow bloggers sounded super fun!

I have to say, I wish I had investigated the photo size settings as they came out smaller than I would have liked (308 x 547 pixels when vertical), hence why some of them are clumped together. Forgive me, plez.

So, with Microsoft Nokia Lumia 930 in hand and joined by street art expert, Karim, and top photographer, Phil Hibberd, we took to the rainy streets of Shoreditch, East London. Oh and yep, I rocked the sandals and rain look...

The first snippet of art we viewed was this piece of yarn in the fence by Hottea. Now usually, I would have strolled straight past this without noticing it, or, if I had, I might have mistaken it for some litter tangled up. Wrong. Hottea specialises in creating art by weaving miles of yarn to fences. This was just the start of viewing and learning about things I usually wouldn't have spotted.

The fish on the right was dangling from the roof of a tunnel. None of us noticed it until we were told to look up, making me wonder just how many things we miss simply by not looking around. This is when I first tried the flash on the 930 and was amazed as it caught the fish perfectly and, despite the darkness, the lighting wasn't too bad.

Gary Strange and Lily Lou: 'No Good Reason'

How cute is that lizard? Just me?

Who knew that stickers could create such fab street art? I definitely shouldn't have scrapped the stickers from my childhood bedroom...

These two were pieces that stood out for me and were possibly my favourites, I don't even know why... because, ART?!

Left: Insane detail! Right: Martin Ron: Queen's guard doing handstand & ROA: heron

Paris-born Gregos is a self-taught street artist, known to replicate his different facial expressions using plaster of paris. Whilst the masks verge on the scary side, some of them are hilarious!

Time for a food pit-stop. We headed to Pizza East where we were led downstairs and presented with copious amounts of tasty pizza, nibbles & vino. It was so nice to dry off from the pouring rain, have a chinwag and, of course, use the wi-fi! ;). Massive thank you to the staff at Pizza East who were all lovely!

Darkness had truly fallen, so it was time to test the 930 further! I'm so pleased with the flash, lighting and sharpness settings, as my current phone causes awful bluring when in the dark.

Left: A sneakily placed piece on the edge of the wall. Right: The angel of Scalter Street - just, ya know, a sculpture on a signpost...

Right: Borondo: Jesus and 12 disciples etched out of white paint on glass

As the end of the tour arrived, I really felt like I had learnt a lot, not only about street art, but also about mobile photography. The list of different settings the 930 allows really is impressive, especially the white balance, flash and brightness. When it comes to mobiles, I struggle to find a good zoom and I have to admit this one still didn't impress me, but in general this camera is up there in the best I've tried. I also want to thank Phil who recommending settings for each image and has truly opened my eyes to mobile photography!

As for the street art; wow, I am definitely converted. There are pieces located in such obscure places (roofs of tunnels, signposts etc) and made from quirky materials (yarn, stickers, masks etc). My opinion has definitely changed and I'm going to make sure I look around a bit more. It's so easy, especially in London, to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and leap into train ninja mode, but why not take some time to view the art that's around?

This was a really unique event and it felt so nice to venture around, rather than being crammed in an overcrowded venue where you can't hear a thing. Karim really knew his stuff and shared some fascinating knowledge on street art. As well as this, it wouldn't have been what it was without all of the lovely bloggers. I love rocking up to an event alone and then leaving with the feeling that you've known people for years beforehand - special mention to Laura!

HUGE thank you to Talented Talkers and Microsoft for pulling off such a fun event and for handing out amazing goody bags! The portable charger is definitely now a handbag essential, I can't wait to play around with the different mobile lenses, and I'm now the proud owner of a selfie stick - watch this space ;)!

What do you think of street art? Let me know in the comments below!

*I was invited along to this event, all opinions are 100% my own.



  1. Good morning Karen and happy Monday to you. I saw your pic over on IG and thought this was fabulous. Street Art can be very quirky and the area around Liv Pool Street/Brick Lane/Shoreditch HS is a paradise for taking great shots. Berlin is equally plastered with Street Art (there's also a lot of random graffiti mess) and I spotted a Banksy in Bristol lately. Happy to read you've had a good time xxx

    Caz | Style Lingua

  2. Gorgeous pictures! I love seeing street art and I wish they did it a lot more around by me. It just makes the world a little more interesting! :)

    Natalie Ann xo // Petal Poppet Blogs ♥

  3. What an interesting tour! I love looking at the street art around Brick Lane - there's so much of it! It makes for fabulous backdrops for outfit posts!

    Rachael at

  4. This looks like such a fun and innovative event! I'm not that into street art either but always think it looks cool : ) and that pizza looks delicious! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  5. I saw so many photo's of this and it looked like SO much fun. I'm not hugely into street art but I do think it looks really quirky and cool (and so instagrammable) ;)


  6. This is SO SO COOL, Karen! I love street art! I really enjoyed this posts, the pics are amazing! I would love to go to an event like this! I really wish I could live in London! Hope you have a fantastic week, lovely! xx

  7. Oh wow, that phone took some really great pictures, it's quite impressive. And I do like street arts, some of them are seriously cool and it's amazing how talented these artists are.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  8. What a cool event and it seems like you had a lot of fun! I haven't noticed much street art but sometimes on drives I've seen a house where the whole side of it is painted over to create a landscape :)

    Velvet Blush

  9. East London has some craaazy street art! I love it and it really rivals cities famous for their street art, like Berlin. Glad you had fun, even if it was a tad wet.

  10. East london Shoreditch is my favourite part of town, I regularly take pics of the ever changing graffiti they are so talented. Lovely pictures and Pizza East is always a welcome pit stop Lucy x

  11. Wooow, I Love Shoreditch, something about that area just brings Art to life, ABSOLUTELY in love with the No Good Reason piece <3

    Serene | I Am Serene L

  12. Great captures! Looks like we were part of the same tour with Microsoft.

    Bee x

  13. Great captures! Looks like we were part of the same tour with Microsoft.

    Bee x