London: Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral

Images from the week 12th – 18th March

I have two relatives in hospital in London at the moment (both in different hospitals which is a nuisance, but never mind). Rather than going backwards and forwards I decided to stay in London for most of the week this week, and it worked really well as it meant I could  go into central London to take photos. I also got to Tate Britain and Tate Modern again. I’ll put images from those visits into another post.

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David’s bed, Northwick Park Hospital. This image is gross in colour.

On the Wednesday afternoon I’d walked up to Parliament Square; there were several protests going on. I don’t usually take photos of people on the street, but as protesters obviously they were quite keen to be photographed and to get their message out; it felt reasonable in the circumstances to try to capture a few images. I think these are my favourites, so for me I notice that instead of the crowds I am picking out individuals within those crowds. But for me as soon as people are involved there is just a bit too much going on for me to make visual sense of it very quickly. I’ll probably add more protest images I took later, but as yet I haven’t spent time working out which ones work and which don’t and why that is.

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My tutor told me it’s a good idea to go back to the same places and take photos of them again (and again and again I think). It certainly makes me more experimental when I know I’m going to come back to a place again and again. I decided to go back to Tower Bridge. I find the bridge quite difficult to photograph – at least to get something different, something that expresses what it feels like being on the bridge rather than just an image of it from a distance.

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Tower Bridge. And yes, I do know it needs straightening up!

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Reflection of The Shard in a a window on Tower Bridge. A landscape photographer friend told me that it was almost impossible to get a good reflection of The Shard anywhere in London, but I liked this one especially as there is the contrast between two iconic landmarks and the old and new.

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The Thames. Parts of the reflection seemed to echo the colours of the bridge that day.

 

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Taken from the bridge looking west up The Thames towards City Hall and HMS Belfast. Again, it probably needs straightening but all of these images are unaltered.

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A reflection in City Hall.

I tried the same thing with St Paul’s Cathedral which I have photographed before. Strangely, I haven’t been inside the cathedral for years – not since I was a primary school child. I remember eating lunch in the crypt and having to walk up spiral staircases (which for some reason I’m not very good at; I seem to loose coordination if I have to go up spiral stairs! I started with some images from the viewing gallery at Tate Modern, walked across Millennium Bridge and then past St Paul’s.

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This is totally unedited. The light just falls onto the cathedral, it’s amazing.

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This is The Shard from the viewing platform at Tate Modern. The security guards didn’t like me crawling around on the floor to get this.

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Millennium Bridge

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Again, trying something a bit different from Millennium Bridge. These came out a bit underexposed, but the whole day felt a bit underexposed so I decided to leave them like this.

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I wish I’d have got this bird in flight just a tiny bit sooner.

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Side doors. I took several images of these doors and steps. This is the first, and not the best.

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A reflection

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Another reflection, this time in the windows of the cafe in the Tate Modern. I really love these lights. I might crop this later so the bottom half is removed; I think that would make a much stronger image.

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From the riverbank outside Tate Modern

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