St Paul's Cathedral and Millennium Bridge, London

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.

St Paul's Cathedral, 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.

St Paul's Cathedral and One New Change, London

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!

Site of Old Change, a London street dating from 1293

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!]

Chinese pop star and camera crew by St Paul's Cathedral, London

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.

6 thoughts on “St Paul’s Cathedral, London – Video – Project 52 – 13/52

  1. I’m glad you’re back – I was a wee bit worried after you’d said you’d been under the weather.

    I’m glad you’re still doing this series; I enjoy my little trips around the city and in your film posts, I get extra layers of pleasure from the fun you obviously have matching images and movement to music! The contrasts of beautiful old architecture and modern buildings are a visual delight. I love how the lift let the camera travel right up to eye level, a perspective few would have had before. Forgive my ignorance if I’ve got the place and /or city wrong, but is that bridge you filmed with the folk coming towards us the one where they had the living art exhibition of fog a few weeks ago? It looked very familiar. I’m also intrigued by the interview you turned down and the beautiful couple on the steps – was there a connection?
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  2. Julia Barnickle

    Thanks Janice – I’m glad I’m back too, and I’m enjoying continuing the series. I love the contrast between old and new too – and yes, I have lots of fun choosing the music and matching the images and movement to the music! I wasn’t aware that there had been a living art exhibition on the Millennium Bridge (you confirmed that to me in an e-mail) – perhaps I need to look up what’s on before I go out filming! 🙂

  3. Great video Julia – inspired choice of music too; I was at that very spot on Saturday with the clouds & showers, such a beautiful part of our city!
    all the best, Tracey

  4. Julia Barnickle

    Thanks Tracey – I had to dodge the showers too! I love the fact that central London is relatively easy to get round, and there’s such a lot of beautiful sites / sights to see!

  5. How beautiful the old mixed with new architecture. I love getting tours from you. Since I have barely been out of the state I was born, let alone travel my own country, so it’s so wonderful to see the old world. Things were made so well then and the buildings were like art. I like the part going up the elevator.

  6. Julia Barnickle

    Thank you, Tracie. I’m having fun sharing my part of the world – especially as I’ve been living in this area for over thirty years and don’t know it very well myself, so it’s an opportunity for me to play being a tourist! 🙂

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