Saturday was World Zombie Day and I woke up shuffling around and moaning gently, not because I was in character but because I had a very late Friday night.

However, I forced myself on to the streets of London to take a few images of the event. I shot with the Sony NEX-7, not really through choice but because my Canon has decided that, for no reason at all, it doesn’t want to play any more. It is showing no signs of life, and so needs to be taken to a repair shop for a little rest and relaxation. That sucks. I’m now really thankful to have this secondary camera.

For a short period of time there seemed to be more photographers than there were Zombies, but more and more of them arrived to the starting point of Marble Arch and the numbers soon turned.

Some people on the walk had made very little effort to dress up (this includes me); others had outfits that seemed to come straight from a movie and were pretty impressive.

Then you have the guy in this image. The outfit was pretty simple, a hospital gown and a pair of shorts was pretty much all it was, but with a little bit of make up to appear undead. However, as part of a ‘suspension’ team this gentleman had fresh holes pierced into his back and was being reined in on a makeshift leash. It really was very compelling to watch this and the reactions of those in the street who saw him.

Thanks to those who organised it, and to those who turned up and didn’t seem to break character all day. It was great fun.


  • Camera: NEX-7
  • Focal length: 55mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/640s

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