Old London Bridge mosaic with the "Walkie Talkie",  "Cheesegrater" and "Gherkin" buildings of the City of London in the background
Old London Bridge mosaic with the “Walkie Talkie”, “Cheesegrater” and “Gherkin” buildings of the City of London in the background

This has been an expensive week – I had to get the brakes fixed on my car and pay some money to the tax man. On the up-side, it’s also been a week when I finished off two paintings and went out filming and taking photographs along the river Thames from London Bridge to Tower Bridge.

Revolving doors at City Hall, London (the
Revolving doors at City Hall, London (the “Beehive”)

I love photographing and filming reflections – especially when people are walking by. I’ve always felt self-conscious about filming or photographing people who just happen to be in the vicinity of something I want to photograph – in fact, I always used to wait until there was nobody about! That can be difficult in London in mid-summer, though, so by filming and photographing reflections, I feel that I’m being slightly less invasive of people’s privacy. Maybe it’s an introvert thing… I know most people don’t think twice about including a total stranger in their photograph!

Caught on camera, photographing a reflection of Tower Bridge, London
Caught on camera, photographing a reflection of Tower Bridge, London

I don’t usually take “selfies” either, but I do enjoy capturing an image of myself in a reflection, hidden behind my camera. Since I joined Instagram this year, I’ve noticed several people who only ever seem to post pictures of themselves – which I find rather strange. Surely there must be something in the world around them that captures their imagination more than their own image?

Reflection of the Shard, London, in an office building
Reflection of the Shard, London, in an office building

The video below is of my walk from London Bridge to Tower Bridge, and is mostly shot on iPhone 6 (apart from the section where Tower Bridge opens to let a sailing boat through – my hands weren’t steady enough to hold the pose for over 3 minutes, and I forgot to bring a mini tripod).

The first London Bridge was built by the Romans and was the only bridge across the river until 1750. The current bridge was rebuilt in 1973. Part of the previous Victorian bridge still remains in situ – the rest is now at Lake Havasu, USA.

Tower Bridge is probably the most famous of the London bridges – a combined bascule and suspension bridge, it was built between 1886 and 1894. In between these two bridges, on the South bank, is City Hall (the “Beehive”), designed by Norman Foster and opened in July 2002. Behind London Bridge station is The Shard, which was completed in 2012.

On the North bank, the “Gherkin” (Swiss Re building), the “Cheesegrater” (Leadenhall building) and the “Walkie Talkie” now define the skyline of the City of London.

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