I’m back filming again this week – I walked from Waterloo along the South Bank of the River Thames and across the Millennium Bridge (known locally as the “wobbly bridge” because it was unstable when it was first built) to film St Paul’s Cathedral, in the City of London.
Since following other London photographers on Instagram, I’ve learned about some new places to take photos from – such as One New Change, a shopping mall and restaurant complex behind St Paul’s Cathedral. Its roof terrace and shiny glass walls made it possible for me to get some really interesting shots – as you can see in the video below.
I discovered that New Change runs parallel with Old Change – a London street dating from 1293. There’s even a plaque to commemorate Old Change, which doesn’t really exist now.
I had to laugh – after I took a photo of the plaque, two young tourists copied my example. They probably had no idea what the plaque was for, but thought it must be important – otherwise why would I have photographed it!
On the corner of New Change, I was invited to be filmed being interviewed by a Chinese pop star – but I declined on the grounds of being too shy. Afterwards, I kept thinking: why didn’t I say yes? It might have been fun… [Note to self: be more brave!]
St Paul’s Cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London in the late 17th century, was the tallest building in London from 1710 until 1962. Now it’s dwarfed by skyscrapers in the financial heart of the City of London – coming in at #41 in a list of the tallest buildings in London. Nevertheless, St Paul’s Cathedral can be clearly seen for over ten miles in certain directions, because the view is protected by law.