Charles Dickens frontispiece from a book on my bookshelf.
I come from Tunbridge Wells where Thackeray has a blue plaque on a house where he stayed which is now a restaurant in his name. Here in The Dickens Museum he has a blue plate, there is a certain synchronicity in this and I feel at home.
To climb the stairs and enter the study, and see a full waste paper basket.
Dress in Character for the day ahead. For today was not just a day at The Dickens Museum it had an added dimension. It was a chance to go beyond 48 Doughty Street into the London that Dickens paced and view some of the sights that he saw but with a 21st Century perspective with the talented photographer Andrea Artz.
But, before I show how my photography has changed because of this master-class with The Magic Lantern I feel it is important to absorb the atmosphere.
Wallpaper from Dickens's Bedroom, where some of his children were born.
Mary Hogarth's bedroom, Dickens's sister-in-law, who tragically died at aged 17.The guide book states:
'Young, beautiful and good, God numbered her with His Angels....'
And up into the servants' bedrooms to stand in front of a famous quote from the master himself.
So enjoy looking at the books for what better way to think about Dickens before picking up a camera and exploring the streets that he walked.