Welcome to the inaugural session of ‘The London Picture Show‘!
If you follow my trials and tribulations on Twitter, you might have noticed that I frequently end up taking a lot of pictures of the places I visit for work and pleasure. As much as I’d love to transform these into proper posts, life gets in the way – this blog isn’t called ‘In Search of Lost Time(s)‘ for nothing after all – and the photographs often end up going to ‘waste’, gathering a fair amount of virtual dust on my USB stick.
And that’s where ‘The London Picture Show’ comes into play, a new series of shorter – and less verbose – blog posts celebrating the beauty (and sometimes also ugliness?) of the British capital throughout the visual medium. For your viewing pleasure, I’m starting off this series today with the urban landscape of London as experienced from Tower Bridge.
A couple of months ago (time flies!), @GWinLondon and I were invited by the lovely folks at Aneela Rose PR to celebrate the release of the (then) new City of London Visitor Trail. The fabulous launch party for this map + app (= mapp? You heard it here first …) took place on the West Walkway of Tower Bridge, so we knew from the very first moment our invitations arrived that we were going to be in for a special treat.
As the day was slowly turning into the night, the sweeping views over the Thames certainly didn’t disappoint. From the dome St. Paul’s Cathedral to the Tower of London‘s moat, the magnificent and spectacular panorama offered from the top of Tower Bridge turned out to be a dazzling feast for the eyes. (Verbosity klaxon!)
While the London Eye and the HMS Belfast were almost reduced to miniatures, the City of London’s domineering skyscrapers took centre stage. Bold and beautiful, the gigantic cast of (stock?) characters included 122 Leadenhall Street (‘the Cheesegrater’), 30 St Mary Axe (‘the Gherkin’) and 20 Fenchurch Street (‘the Walkie-Talkie’). Oh boy, Londoners do really love their nicknames, don’t they?
No, you haven’t forgotten to put on your glasses and your eyesight is not failing you just yet, the photograph above is one of the many blurry shots I took during the evening. I like the effect it produced though and it can also read as a metaphor of how London life often appears to us: a blur and out of focus.
Although only a recent addition to London’s ever changing landscape, the Shard – love it or hate it? – has already left its mark on the city. The brainchild of Italian architect Renzo Piano, the building has recently been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2014 and will surely continue to split public opinion for many decades to come.
For more information about the City of London Visitor Trail, read a review of the ‘mapp’ on @GWinLondon‘s prolific blog. Earlier this month, Tower Bridge turned 120 years old/young and Sue Hillman, of @itsyourlondon fame, also wrote about her visit to the London icon on her website.
And that bring us to the end of the show. Thank you for joining today’s little experiment and I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know in the comments below if you would like me to continue with this series?😉
Take care and see you soon again,