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Category archive: Scaffolding

Tuesday February 12 2019

I left it too late and I am now too tired to do anything here today, so here’s a random quota photo:

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Taken in May 2015, from the South Bank, looking north across the River.  I’m pretty sure that’s the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.  But feel free to disagree.

I hope - although I promise nothing - to do better tomorrow.

Friday February 08 2019

When I was a kid, “Air Forces Memorial” meant this building which looks out over Runnymede, and which was only a walk away from where we lived.

But there are, of course, several RAF Memorials in London, and here is a photo I often try to take but seldom do very well with, of the eagle which perches on this memorial:

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This eagle usually comes out blurry, with only the trees behind coming out well.  All that reflected light off the gold of the eagle seems to frazzle the brain of my camera.  But not on the Monday before last.

The above photo was taken from the other side of the river, with maximum zoom.  Swivel to the left a bit and you see this even more famous item, which is now, as already noted, smothered in scaffolding:

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I especially like the pile of staircases on the left of the scaffolding.

Saturday February 02 2019

Recently I paid a visit to Docklands.  The Big Things there add up to a quite impressive cluster, but are, on the whole, individually, unlike quite a few of those in The City, rather characterless and bland.

There is, however, an exception.  This:

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It’s One Park Drive, now nearing completion.

Here are a few more photos of it that I photoed:

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Circular in plan.  Its surface changes from one effect to another as you move up or down.  Next to a stretch of water.  I’m guessing they were thinking of these two towers in Chicago.

Thursday January 31 2019

Last Sunday was the second near-as-makes-no-difference cloudless day of 2019, and I love it when sunlight bounces around London, in the way that it did in, for instance, this photo:

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That’s the scaffolding covering, at the bottom of Big Ben, and those reflections are from the windows of the building across Westminster Bridge Road, with the big towers on the top, the one where the MPs have their offices.  The one on top of Westminster Tube Station.  Portcullis House, that’s the one.

This next photo shows rather better what’s going on:

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As you can see, and as all Londoners will already know, Big Ben is smothered in scaffolding, while it gets a makeover.  The sunlight, as you can now see more clearly, is coming from over Parliament, bouncing back off the windows of Portcullis House on the right, and hitting that white surface at the bottom of Big Ben.

Tuesday January 22 2019

On the sunniest day of the year so far, I went, as earlier noted, east, to Docklands.

I photoed the blue sky, the leafless trees, and the many towers of Docklands:

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Nice.  Lots of pollarding.

Almost anything looks nice in weather like that.

I felt the cold so you don’t have to.

Thursday January 17 2019

Today, as I promised myself on Tuesday, I went east.  The weather was even better than was forecasted, and among the very first photos I photoed was this, before I even got to the tube station:

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But the good weather came at a price, paid in degrees of temperature.  No clouds and there’s nothing to keep the warmth in.  It was cold.  And all the walking I did has taken it out of me.  Also, I met up with occasional commenter here and good friend Alastair, and that meant me getting up and out earlier than usual.  So, I am knackered, and I can’t now even summon up the energy to explain what exactly is going on in the above photo, let alone show you any more photos.  It doesn’t now help (although it will) that I have nearly six hundred photos to look at and pick from and ruminate about.

Now: early to bed.

Thursday January 03 2019

And all in the one photo:

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Also, trees without leaves.  Taken in January 2009.  On my way home, looking out towards Vauxhall Bridge Road and beyond, in the general direction of Battersea.

At present, sofas are more important to me than blogging, as the above blatant quota photo well illustrates.

This morning, the new sofa finally arrived.  It is my hope, and the promise of Westminster City Council, that the old sofa will depart tomorrow.

Tuesday December 25 2018

I haven’t been out photoing a lot lately, so here are some Christmas-themed photos picked out from the archives, taken during about the last five years or more.

There’s two dozen in all that are ready to go.  Here are the first dozen:

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Another dozen tomorrow.

I hope your Christmas is going well, with some of the right people with you, and not too many of the wrong people.

The Christmas Day posting
Crouching photoer – shadow selfies
Like a bridge but not a bridge
Light from behind and light from in front
Cranes caught in the searchlight
How photo-collating reminded me of some (other) good modified cliché photos
The last really fine day of 2018 (2): Scaffolding wrapped and unwrapped - and the Reichstag wrapped
Confirmation that The Peak is a one-off rather than a two-off
The last really fine day of 2018 (1): Some pleasurable reinforcement
Photoing The Wheel from Tottenham Court Road
Views from the John Lewis roof garden
Another leaning crane
Art and information
A lorry brings reinforcements
Imperfectly hidden scaffolding
The Blackfriars ghost columns make themselves useful
Pimlico roof clutter
Battersea Power Station – 2005 – 2012 – 2016 - 2017
Cranes – scaffolding – colours
Cromwell with a plain background
Royal Albert and his Hall
Covered scaffolding in sunshine
More photoers
The selfie hair pat
Back in England
Possible blogging interruptions
The Great Big City Thing – new Big City Things – a not so big City Thing
A temporary RCM corridor – the inside and the outside
The horror of a concrete thing having its eye put out
The light and the lights on Blackfriars Bridge
Winter sunlight and new buildings beyond Lower Marsh
Pavlova is back
Eight
The Wheel reflections and The Wheel juxtapositions (and a The Wheel postcard)
Battersea Power Station then and now and soon
Scaffoldage
To Tottenham (7): Building the new Spurs stadium
Early dusk
To Tottenham (1): A fine day (especially for scaffolding)
Roof clutter on my roof and from my roof
Pavlova under wraps
Waterloo Eurostar revamp begins
Strand Palace Hotel footbridge
Ghost Bus
Cyclists
Centre Point and surroundings as seen from the top of the Tate Modern Extension
Sunny Croydon
More photos from last Friday
Scaffolding - covered up and then brightly lit
Temporary Oxford Street
The right moment and the right alignment
Horizontal French signs
Spring
A crane folds itself up
Checked out: The Big Olympic Thing
Photo of Mountbatten on Sea Containers House
148 to Burgess Park
Dialogue
Twelve 2015 photos
Out and about with GD1 (7): Instead of using her Real Camera GD1 mostly iPhotoed
Less heat and more light
The view from my kitchen
Rainbow over Millbank
A couple of old squares
Fun stuff in Oxford Street
The view from outside Waterloo Station
How Centre Point is looking just now
Along the river towards Battersea
Lovely light