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Category archive: London

Sunday March 17 2019

Was out in Bermondsey today, and as usual photoed lots of photos.  But the light was dreary, so here is a photo I took in the same place just under a month ago, on February 19th:

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Vapour trail weather, which I love.  And not just for the vapour trails.  In such weather, everything looks good.  Those two birds, for instance.  They look very good.

Ah, the Summer of February 2019.  They don’t make them like that any more, except that they just did.

Friday March 15 2019

Here are three photos I took, on May 21st of that year:

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I vaguely recall refraining from showing them here (and there was indeed a here then) because I had no idea what was going on.  I still have no idea what was going on.  I should have asked more questions at the time.

Some kind of sporting event promotion perhaps?

Thursday March 14 2019

That car park I wrote about got me noticing car reflections, again:

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I think that’s worth top billing in a posting, instead of being an afterthought in a posting about a car park.

And just now, I came across this in the photo-archives, from May 2015:

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Mmmm.  Cranes.

And here, taken about one hour later, is a photo with St Paul’s Cathedral reflected in a roller.  Too bad I was more interested in including the photoer, than I was in St Paul’s Cathedral reflected:

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Or, was I?  Here’s the next photo I took:

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A car park, and a cathedral.  They make a nice pair, don’t they?

More car reflections, this time of Piccadilly Circus adverts, recently featured at Mick Hartley‘s.

Wednesday March 13 2019

Some close- and closer-ups of the Optic Cloak:

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What these photos, photoed just after I’d photoed these photos, only show a few glimpses of is how different the OC looks, depending on the light’s strength, its direction, and its colour.  All of the above photos were photoed from the western, upstream side of the OC, as I moved from north to south, and all on the same day.  There’s a whole different set to be taken from the east, or from the West on a different day.

This is something that all the best London Things, Big or, as in this case, not so Big, have in common.  (I’m thinking in particular of the Shard and of the Walkie Talkie and, more recently, of the Scalpel (which is only very small in that photo, but which does wonderful things with the light).)

Monday March 11 2019

When I saw and photoed this sign, in London, yesterday afternoon …:

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…, I thought it was some kind of electronic malfunction.  ULEZ?  Is that real?  Only one way to find out.  The Internet.

And the Internet was in no doubt.  ULEZ stands for Ultra Low Emission Zone.  Question answered.

I just wanted to know if ULEZ was real.  It is.  The details, for now anyway, interest me less.  If you want to know more about ULEZ, you now have the acronym and the knowledge that it stands for something real, and you can learn all you want.

Saturday March 09 2019

Another shop window photo, photoed by me on the same day as I photoed, this, this, and this:

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Click on that to get it quite a bit bigger than usual.  It deserves the detail.

I have long considered the stuff in tourist stuff shops to be an underrated object of photo-devotion.

Friday March 08 2019

There are, in this world, a great many horses made of driftwood.  I learned this by googling “driftwood horse”, and I also learned that a major contributor to the diftwood horse mountain is Heather Jansch.

Whether Heather Jansch was responsible for this particular driftwood horse, I do not know, but there it was, in a shop window, in the middle of London.  And, as you can maybe see if you know what I look like, I photoed it:

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I wasn’t trying for a selfie.  I just wanted the driftwood horse itself, with as little in the way of reflection as the light would allow.

After failing to find this particular driftwood horse by googling “driftwood horse”, I tried “driftwood horse shop window”, and I found it, in the form of a photo of the exact same driftwood horse in the exact same shop window.

Thursday March 07 2019

My expedition to check out the Optic Cloak got me appreciating the new version of the Greenwich Peninsula, the post-Dome version, that is now taking shape.

Here is a picture of it, one of those computer fake photo things:

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The Optic Cloak is an invisible smudge of grey, just after the C of OPTIC and just above the K of CLOAK.  That’s because this picture is not about the truth as such, but about new tall buildings, and the Optic Cloak, although quite tall, is not a building, so, in this picture, it is ignored.

However, what the above photo does show is the big double-barrelled road which takes traffic into and from the Blackwall Tunnel.  And you get a great look at this mighty traffic artery if you climb up onto a footbridge that takes you over it.  Over it if, for instance, you are walking south from North Greenwich tube station, in order to get a closer-up view, from the West, across the big road, than you’d get otherwise, of the Optic Cloak, as I was when I went there, however many weeks ago it was.

You can just about make out this footbridge in the picture above, just above and to the right of the C of COPTIC.

Here are a couple of photos that I photoed of this footbridge:

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And here are a couple of views from it, of the Optic Cloak:

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But I especially liked the sort of views you get from this footbridge, looking north, towards the Blackwall Tunnel:

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Most of the towers in the distance there are across the river, in Docklands, and already that view, as you approach the Blackwall Tunnel is quite something.  As the Greenwich Peninsula itself fills up with more towers, it will look even more mini-Manhattan-ish.

Here are photos I took from the bridge of a couple of interesting vehicles, going north (left) and south (right):

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Plus, here is a close-up of that roof clutter, in the left hand of the two looking north photos, above:

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This roof clutter makes a point, as do those two views looking north, and the traffic.  This new Greenwich Peninsula has the feeling of old-school work getting done, just as I presume the old one had.  Stuff that really hurts if you drop it on your foot is being made, modified, bought and sold, in this particular part of London, just as it always was.  Noxious gasses and fluids are being propelled hither and thither, in pipes and cans and lorries.  You get the feeling that this isn’t going to stop any time soon, the way it has in Docklands.

It could just be all that Blackwall Tunnel traffic thundering by which gives off that feeling.  However, I don’t think so, if only because the thundering traffic creates the sort of place where the Financial Services Industry wouldn’t want to be.

Here, finally, is the kind of close-up of the Optic Cloak that I had come for …:

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.. with a lorry roaring by, full of noxious fluid.

There can be no higher praise for the Optic Cloak than to say that it fits right in with all this hustle and bustle and noise.  Indeed, it dominates it.  It presides contentedly over it.  Most “Art” in such a place would look ridiculous.

The new Greenwich Peninsula
More healthcare technology in action
A different way to open a car door
A model of a building that never happened
Pavlova now has her own lights
Man with food
Trees - no leaves - building - blue sky
Talking about Brexit
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The Welbeck Street Car Park then and now
The Hyde Park Corner Horse’s Head looking a bit silly
Feed the birds!
The Park Hotel seen from the park
When Elvis met Tommy in Bermondsey
Early views of the Optic Cloak
Two beautiful days
A horse’s head at Hyde Park Corner
Neo Bankside residents lose battle to stop Tate Modern visitors looking into their flats
How could anyone underestimate the resolve of this Spurs side?
Quota sunset from 2015
Now they’re planning a Frank Gehry concert hall in Wimbledon
The Optic Cloak
Three birds and a clock
A nearly invisible new bridge from Battersea to Pimlico
The Michelin Man stained glass window
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One Park Drive
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Yet another Big Thing alignment
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The new London concert hall at the Barbican takes a step forward
Columbia Road cat
Guy’s Hospital with tree
Towers and trees in the Docklands sunshine
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On Thursday I will go east
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Cluck
Some new London horizontality
Hell or Habito
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Quota Quantum Cloud
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The Christmas Day posting
St Paul’s interrupted
From ridiculous to sublime
But will I be able to keep it up?
On supporting Spurs - but not properly
Taxis with adverts in the dark
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The end is nigh
Stow-Away in Lower Marsh
Statue with roof clutter
Why I oppose leaves
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Light from behind and light from in front
Regimental Remembrance
A True Gleaming Sincerity from Our Tropical Paradise
My latest advert-taxi photo-target – and my next
The original Sloane
Crazy and massive clothing (and a bright red van)
Lorry on roof
Total Surveillance photos
Albert Memorial photos
Zone 2/3
Tulip!
Debussy and Sibelius at Blackheath Halls
Two views of a crane
Birds on a girder
Peak Remembrance?
The Shard and me photoing the Shard
Horses being useful to humans
The view across Ten Broadway
Darren gets it
The title of my talk at Christian Michel’s on Jan 6th 2019
Old and cross
Cranes caught in the searchlight
22 dwarfs 42
The light at the end of the Beech Street tunnel
At the Grafton Arms (after recording a talk)
Nine comfy chairs and nine people
Brexit taxis
Centre Point - lit
Homage to Hartley: The V&A under a very blue sky
Bartok and three ladies outside South Kensington tube
Chinese lanterns and a crane
How the London Underground pioneered credit cards
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
Photoers from 2013: Varieties of facelessness
One Blackfriars behind 240 Blackfriars
Apartments on a bridge in Stockholm
Confirmation that The Peak is a one-off rather than a two-off
Rolleiflex (and Canon) man
The last really fine day of 2018 (1): Some pleasurable reinforcement
How the Shard was looking nine years ago
Photoing The Wheel from Tottenham Court Road
Views from the John Lewis roof garden
Roof clutter viewed through an RCM window
150 great things about the Underground: Number 122
What electrified track looks like when they really turn up the electricity
TIL about TIL
67 & 541 - 477/8d & 134/9
Another leaning crane
Art and information
The Great Pagoda of Kew Gardens – and its dragons
Pavlova in front of “Portland House”
A lorry brings reinforcements
Another go at Bartok – and two competitions
A noisy anteater
Street lamp in front of crane
The man from Glint
Imperfectly hidden scaffolding
Battersea rollerblader
This actually did get my attention
A concrete pump?
A Brunel bridge seat and the Brunel museum
Photoing architectural change
Hurrah for the inflated plastic dragons of Kew Gardens
Lady photoers holding other cameras beside the ones they’re using
More Surrey cricket photos
The Blackfriars ghost columns make themselves useful
Pimlico roof clutter
A view from the Great Pagoda in Kew Gardens
A 32 point catch and the sudden disappearance of eight Surrey players
The Boomerang still being constructed
Photoers ten years ago today
A new Big Thing alignment as seen from the Oval
A view from the Shard
Kensington Gore
Helping hands
Photoer shadows
Interesting headgear
Heatwave jacket derangement syndrome
That Bartok statue again
Battersea Power Station – 2005 – 2012 – 2016 - 2017
Waterloo sunrise
Orange umbrellas in Lower Marsh
The City Big Things looking like a model
Uncluttered French train roofs
Photoer with street map
The Trump blimp
Quota cloud
Big Thing Alignment with an appropriate slogan in the foreground
Confessions of a preemptive pessimist
RAF 100 flypast
Helipad next to a railway station
Cranes – scaffolding – colours
Busy (and hot) few days
Elephants in Sloane Square
Thumb out of glove
Quota sunset with quota crane
Heads at the bottom of the Cheesegrater
One Kemble Street and the ME Hotel Radio Bar photoed from the Royal Festival Hall
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Gurrelieder at the Royal Festival Hall
Scalpel – close up – not finished
The bride wore red
The Peak and its window cleaning crane
A Euston pub fire from the top of the Tate Modern Extension
Cromwell with a plain background
Creature contrast in the City
Battersea Power Station plus train window reflections
GD2 graduates
Ruthless boohoo man
Quota sunset
How London and its many creatures are evolving and should evolve some more
Royal Albert and his Hall
Covered scaffolding in sunshine
The notes for my talk
Selfie with hats
More photoers
Wardour Street dragon
Lohengrin at the ROH
Trust them – they’re architects
The selfie hair pat
Conjecture and refutation
The new Spurs stadium is nearly ready (and the views will be great)
Hammersmith - cranes - sunset
The new Tottenham Court Road tube exit – with cranes
Light on dark
So …
Heroes with photoers
River walk
The Guy’s Hospital Tower in 2000
Here are some I took earlier
Back in England
Nova behind Pavlova
Uninterrupted France blogging feels wrong so here are some football results
A missed opportunity
In Mile End Road
When rain looks like snow
Possible blogging interruptions
Sign with socks
Talking with - and without - a microphone
Two adverts for the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts
Photoer photos from five years ago
The centre of London from Alexandra Palace ten years ago
Trafalgar Square lions
The Castalian String Quartet at the Wigmore Hall last night
Fox in SW1
Heron out west
Green Union Jack
In Tottenham Court Road
On April 7th 2008 …
Haircut selfies
Show and tell
Hippo with lid
An encouraging picture for Spurs
No daisy eating
The perfect time to enjoy a bit of pollarding
Weird Queen Elizabeth IIs and weird Sherlock Holmeses
Faces on a Monument
Weird Piccadilly photos today
The biggest exercise in keeping up appearances that I have so far heard about
Goodnight and see you tomorrow
A wedding photo session in March 2008
The Great Big City Thing – new Big City Things – a not so big City Thing
Quota taxi covered in quota red flamingos
ENO Traviata dress rehearsal
The Devil’s Dice in Piccadilly
A temporary RCM corridor – the inside and the outside
Another crowd scene
South Kensington roof clutter
Crowd and crowd shadows
Creature photos
Snow
My new FZ150
Worse than bad form
Small Lego buildings and small 3D printed buildings
Piano being played at Tottenham Court Road tube station
What kind of car is this?  Answer: A Charger and a Bee
Penis park
A selfie in the Warwick Way gymnasium front window
Up on the roof
Another London logo (and a selfie)
Elina Cerla
War and peace
Yet more photoers
Quota urinal
Pavlova dances on a sign and next to a clock
A face and some windows
My original version compared to 6k’s version
The light and the lights on Blackfriars Bridge
The light and the lights of Victoria Station
The delivery scooter – first improvised now designed
Another January 5th photo – trees and cranes and 240 Blackfriars
Photoer in silhouette
Winter sunlight and new buildings beyond Lower Marsh
Piccadilly in the wet
A Mickey Mouse posting
A pub which shows the Six Nations
The London skyline ten years ago
A brightly lit building in front of a dark sky
Photoing the man playing a flaming tuba
Michael Fabiano does a Master Class at the Royal College
Primrose Hill photoers
Primrose Hill crowd
Pimlico in Kensington
My camera is not turning photos yellow – it’s Windows Photo Viewer that is turning photos yellow
Getting old – BBC Music – Lego Tower Bridge – etc.
Merry Christmas - Happy New Year - 50 percent off
Belated Christmas greetings
Pigs don’t pig out
The City of London Cluster in 2026 (and now) - plus some family history
The sky pool is coming
I like Prince Albert’s backing
Something elsewhere
Southwark Cathedral from the train
Another quote and two more photos
Photoers on Primrose Hill and how my camera turns everything yellow
Merry Christmas … and …?
The Gayer-Anderson Cat
Photoing versus communicating
The great Classical CD Holocaust of December 2017: The struggle continues
Ashes lost – CDs soaked - cranes in the sunset
Camera not conked out – I just pressed the wrong knob by mistake
Two phone photos
Queen and Bean
Antique Austins near the Regency Cafe
Quota plants
A big panda (with stars in its eyes) at Victoria Station
Adriana Lucas tells Libertarian Home about the experience of communism
Two more leaning tower cranes
Monument dwarfed by Walkie-Talkie
Naughty old adverts in The Star
The RSC’s Antony and Cleopatra at the Barbican
Christmas is coming
Busy
Leadenhall Market
EXCLUSIVE IT LIAN LOUNGE, DIN G & BEDROOM FUR ITURE
Cranes and horses
Ashes to virtual Ashes
Fewer Big Things then
A different sort of Remembrance photo
The face of a seagull
The title and the blurb for a talk I’m doing in January
A Nelson photo of mine finds a new home
An imperfect posting (with a photo)
Two shiny windows
Haunted!!
Nova diagonals revealed
A better photo of One Kemble Street
The Waterloo crane cluster
Rodelinda at the ENO tomorrow evening
Photoers last Sunday
Twentytwo
The leaning tower cranes of London
Pavlova is back
A good day
Bounty Bars for Alfie Saggs
Self storage is a strange expression
Photos from friends
Nobody owns the paintings in the Leake Street Tunnel
The Boomerang nearly finished
Funny words – baffling words
Frollicking outside the Abbey (a decade ago)
Another reinforced concrete fighting to the death photo
Quota Roller
Quota dragon
More light on water
A busy day that never happened
Thumbnails
Photo by me of seventeen London bridges
Horse spotted in Putney this afternoon
New River bank
Chelsea crowds at Fulham Broadway
Watching the Surrey v Yorkshire feed
Pede Lorean
Taxi with tree
Dramatic sky over Brixton
Video cameras from yesteryear
Photoer photos at the top of the Walkie Talkie
Bromley-by-Bow tube to the Twelvetrees Crescent bridge
Eight
Arrow stops play – yet another Surrey draw – test cricket laughs in the face of danger
The Ghostbustours bus – old Routemasters – Boris buses – improved Boris buses
New London Bridge station roofs – and photos of them from the top of the Shard
Dissing the Walkie Talkie
Two Union Jacks
The yellow tubes are temporary, right?
War Memorial outside Westminster Abbey
Kobelco excavator
The Wheel reflections and The Wheel juxtapositions (and a The Wheel postcard)
Maia Bouchier plays in the boys team
Aug ‘17 OSB9: Brutalism in London
Surrey Docks Farm
DLR Big Thing sunset
Aug ‘17 OSB6: Camden Highline
August 2017 Old School Blogging (2): Very thin but still posh new London house
Rugby v Marlborough at Lord’s today
Dr Salter’s imaginary cat statue
Multiple reflections of the Shard
Bad journey - good party
Tom Burroughes
A quota photo of the Shard with foliage and two ridiculous problems solved
Tattooed photoer
Photoers at the top of the Shard
Cathedral dwarfed by modernity
Two Seifert roof clutter clusters
On my need to photo dullness
The Store Street model of London is biased against south London
I don’t know whether it’s the weather or my camera
A new Clapham Junction Big Thing alignment
Nice events – shame about the weather
Transparent cube containing three spirit levels that goes where a flash would normally go
Another Wonder Woman
Me elsewhere
Quota cranes
A classic car and a modern classic car in Lower Marsh
Bright light on crane tower
Sculpture with greenery
Wimbledon screen captures
A selfie - and a building in it that I recognised
David Bowie dead – 2005 Ashes winners alive
Quota photo on account of the heat
One Kemble Street and its roof clutter as seen from the ROH floating bar
How Michael Tanner both misunderstands and understands Turandot
Dots and photoers at the top of the Tate Extension
Two selfies
My next five last-Friday-of-the-month speakers (and another one)
Beau Brummell and three smartphoners
X lights the spot
Quota photo of GD2’s Dad photoing The Laughing Halibut
Accidental movie
Dogs in boots
A photo-session in Tate Modern
Heat
Food photoing
Quota wedding bus
Twiddly cameras – 2005-2007
Flypast photo
This story will run and run
Towering inferno
BMdotcom quote of the day (in three dimensional latin)
A recital by GodDaughter 2 at the Royal College of Music
Meanwhile in East London …
Prophetic graffiti?
Photos of Jamie Bartlett speaking to Libertarian Home last night
Crouching photoer at the top of the Tate Modern Extension
Michal Huniewicz drone-photos London Gateway and its cranes
City peddlers etc.
How the West defeats its enemies
Leake Street photoers
Westminster Bridge photoer 2014
Vapour trail shadow
Rubbish posting
On the popularity of high-rise living: People in high-rises like to look at other high-rises
Happiness and other survival techniques
Sanga goes to Lord’s - gets two centuries and an oil painting
London is being Benidormed
New Zealand at the ASI
Victoria chimney cluster
Spurs are in a hurry to get home again
Barcelona Big Things (and Barcelona Big Thing graphics)
Luxury
Burlington Arcade (with roof clutter)
Urban vision
London statues
Bronze Osbert Sitwell at the Tate
Incorporating the little orange light in the design
Around Tower Bridge – July 2014
Helen Szamuely’s funeral was today
The Walkie Talkie and its window cranes
When what I think it is determines how ugly or beautiful I feel it to be
Big Things with foreground clutter
Battersea Park bird
Colourful clothes in Cordings
2012 and 2016 times 2 – London on the rise
Stripy house can stay stripy
A picture of a book about pictures
To Tottenham (8): Zooming in on some Big Things
Quota bicycles
Another Capital Golf car
Battersea Power Station then and now and soon
Lincoln Paine shifts the emphasis from land to water (with a very big book)
Classic cars in Lower Marsh
Stabat Mater at St Stephen’s Gloucester Road
A selfie being taken a decade ago
Gloucester Road with evening sun
Lea River footbridge
… but there were some cute lighting effects
The Limehouse Cut is boring to walk along …
Fish in Orchard Place
Rose red city
Eastern towers
Window cleaning cranes in Victoria
Views from London Fields
The past and the future
Three Walkie Talkie photos
Friendly cat near Bow Roundabout
An array of yellow emoji key rings
Anti-BREXIT demo signs
Mark Pennington at the ASI
Misty (or polluted) at Canning Town
Slam City Skates in Covent Garden
Looking up in the City
Leake Street photo session
Beltane & Pop van parked on the South Bank yesterday afternoon
New River Walk
Spring in Islington
Today’s plan
Photoing the faces of strangers (or in my case: not)
If Pugs could fly
Chronicle Tower and its roof (and window-cleaning crane)
I’m too knackered to tell you why I like this
Two sunsets and two London towers
Photoing last Friday’s Last Friday meeting
The outdoor map next to the Twelvetrees Crescent Bridge over the River Lea
The Robert Stephenson statue at Euston
Cruelty to a fake animal – kindness to a fake animal
Shopping Trolley Spiral beside the River Lea
An Underground sermon
Battersea from Clapham Junction
Some temporariness being immortalised
Pictures of James Tooley last night
Calatrava coming to London
Signs
A sign in a bus and the same sign malfunctioning
YPTD
Men on Gherkin
London rules the Premier League
To Tottenham (7): Building the new Spurs stadium
Up early – blogging early – elephant sculptures
A vintage photo
Always?
To Tottenham (6): The Spurs Shop
A new stadium for Chelsea
You wait for years and then two come along at once
Mosaic diversion
6k has a drone
Quota coloured lights outside the Royal Festival Hall
Quota construction
Up on my roof - at Samizdata and here
Someone else has been tidying up too
An Eiffel Tower at Wembley?
Merry Christmas from the Pilot Store (and from me)
Home alone
Wheel reflections (again)
Me shadowing another photoer
To Tottenham (5): Shadows and reflections in the same place
Tottenham Court Road tube entrance next to Centre Point
Apple juices compared
Fog in Victoria
Man in suit and swimming cap
Fantastic Beasts has an alcove in W.H. Smith all to itself
Freddie’s Flowers white van
To Tottenham (4): Illuminated worker
3D printed jewellery by Lynne Maclachlan
When photoing with mobile phones began (and when I began photoing it)
To Tottenham (3): The Railwa
Arthur Seldon Centenary photos
To Tottenham (2): Seven Sisters?
Early dusk
I am knackered
To Tottenham (1): A fine day (especially for scaffolding)
Quota Citroen DS
Plan as energy
One mobile phone photoer now
Clocking clocks
What indeed?
Stratford
Views from Waterlow Park
Don’t be fooled by the smallness of the building
Creatures of outer London
London Bridge lit up (in 2006)
A rollerblader in 2006
The underneath of Tower Bridge
Remembering ten years ago
A dogs and cats building
Roof clutter on my roof and from my roof
Lighting up the bridges of London
A photo of nothing
An amateur photo of a pro
Bonfire
The Battersea Dogs and Cats Home light show
Smith versus Marx
The Spraycan bounced off the new US Embassy
Where shall I go tomorrow?
Happy Halloween
The painted word
Graffiti cat
Pavlova under wraps
Batman consults his smartphone
The art of taxi advertising
A particularly good panoramic view of central London
Wembley Arch lighting contrast
Van – grey but very interesting
Union Jacks having fun
Another TV aerial
Cruise plays along
An enlarged Dinky Toy in Belgravia
Pigeons on a TV aerial
What does Thames “RIB” Experience mean?
Not a shot tower – no longer a pumping station tower
Waterloo Eurostar revamp begins
Quota thatched roof
The Dome and Tower Bridge aligned
I never thought that we could win
The wonderful things they’re doing with plastics nowadays
The Big Parliament Tower and the Shard as seen from the Westminster Cathedral Tower
Strand Palace Hotel footbridge
Citroen correction
When the people are the Art
Ghost Bus
Cats don’t smile
Just the top of the BOT … but still instantly recognisable
Six dials at Seven Dials
Miguel aligns his message with his van
Another illustrated van
They’re back!
Photoing Tate Modern from the Oval and the Oval from Tate Modern
Pink van with roller-blading fox
Tate Modern is now fighting with its neighbours about privacy
A direct hit
1666 remembered - with another fire
Eltham horses (and a dog (I think))
Cyclists
Centre Point and surroundings as seen from the top of the Tate Modern Extension
David Hockney comes to Pimlico
Another Big Thing alignment
The Wembley Arch and The Wheel
A very good meeting - and a quota horse with quota cart
Views of Epsom and views from Epsom
A day in BMdotcom heaven (5): My belated photo-tribute to Kumar Sangakkara
Quota Shard with quota cranes
There’s a spiral staircase inside the Testicle
Dernbach decisive again
Windows in bright light
When welfare means lavatories
Another place to photo London’s Big Things from
Another fine day at the Oval (4): Scoreboards old and new
Street dogs
Keeping their distance
Millenium Bridge with boats
Asian wedding photoshoot
More photos from last Friday
Scaffolding - covered up and then brightly lit
Another fine day at the Oval (3): A slightly different seat and a slightly different view
A lurid sunset
Quota Pavlova statue photo
Some more anonymous photographers from May of this year
Another fine day at the Oval (2): Jason Roy – and an extreme contrast
An A380 in Victoria Street
An allotment and two cats
Busy days
Did the ghostly Blackfriars Bridge columns make the new station more buildable?
Another London Big Thing alignment
Shard and Walkie-Talkie from the top of the Cheesegrater
The hottest day of the year (5): Old Citroens in Roupell Street
The draw that turned out not to be
Ghostbusters sculpture advert at Waterloo Station
Spraycan with moon
Gherkin in splendid isolation
Bird – and bird close up
LIFE at the Park Theatre
London looking like Dubai
Photoers photoing the views from the Tate Modern Extension
Nelson statue in Greenwich
Views from the new Tate Modern Extension
A Docklands footbridge about to be put in its place
Temporary Oxford Street
The view from Docklands ten years ago
Comparing London then with London now (and the Oval then with the Oval now)
Photoers and railings
A pig and two dogs
The right moment and the right alignment
UCH footbridge
Are London’s cranes about to depart for a few years?
The new Tate Modern extension from inside Blackfriars Station
Big Things and viewing galleries in the Square Mile
The Union Jack’s near death experience(s?)
Lions - Bears - Blackhawks
An electric car recharging itself in The Cut
WWWhite Van
A good morning
The new US Embassy – from my roof
A decade of unrecognisable photographers
New Thin Things in New York (but not in Lower Manhattan)
55 Broadway
Introducing Mark Littlewood
The City from above
Brexit Kenny photos
Seven London bridges (again)
More South of France bridges
Keeping up appearances at One Palace Street
Bird takes off from a TV aerial
Benevolent Laissez-Faire photos
Vendredi
A souvenir screen capture
White vans are becoming very informative
My latest meeting went fine
Pizza Express bus
The difference between roof clutter and roof clutter
Another photo for the traffic lights countdown set
Centre Point through the new station entrance
My next last Friday meeting: Patrick Crozier on the political consequences of WW1
Keeping up appearances next to Centre Point
A model of London now opening to the public
Looking in at the Zaha Hadid Design Gallery in Goswell Road
Van Art
LON DON
Happy couples
Another walk along the river
My next five last Friday of the month speakers
Some pyjama blogging
Sickness and sunset
Bard and Shard
What sort of duck is this?
Trees pruned into strange sculptures
A rubbish lorry posting
The footbridges of Shad
Spring
South Bank views
What I hope will be a better way to post clutches of photos here
South Bank Superheroes
Taking photo-notes and an app for improving photo-notes
The Waterloo Eurostar terminal is being revived
Cause and effect
A crane folds itself up
Pochards and Ibises
Blue van
Designing a building to fit in with The Wires!?
Checked out: The Big Olympic Thing
Regent’s Canal creatures (and a photographer)
Today I am checking out the Big Olympic Thing
Another idea for a collection of photos
Losing the leaves in Victoria Park
Memo to self: photo-destination required for tomorrow
Collecting footbridges
Brexit as a clash of pessimisms
Me and GD2 photoed in a mirror above us
Photo of Mountbatten on Sea Containers House
Recent taxis with adverts photos
Blog often (this time about the sound and the vision of this evening’s Tim Evans talk to LH)
Toegangsbeveiligingsproducten
How cranes might not keep falling
Pavlova sunset
Quota snappy snap
Out and about with GD1 (8): Non-human creature vans
Looking across Vincent Square
Big Ben bigger
Small horizontal assemblage of London Big Things
Asking about the Southbank Mosaics Gallery and asking about London’s Big Things
Blue Big Things by Shard Baby
Photoers on Westminster Bridge
Black Cat white van
Legal eagles versus illegal drones?
A rejected Grand Chose that shouldn’t have been
Vans that need to look the part
Quota caption competition
White vans in Kentish Town
A busy day and a collection of Big Things
A still life and a cat cushion in Kentish Town
A Japanese torpedo bomber that could use some zoom
A good time of the year
148 to Burgess Park
A Big Thing and a Much Bigger Thing – on a not-black cab
Quota Pavlova
Walkie Talkie looking not that huge
David Pierce on what it’s like using an electric scooter
Shard behind the Tower of London (reprise)
Big Things on Boris Bikes
Camera malfunction?
Orange coloured London
Zooming in on the workers
A machine for playing in that nobody knows how to design
The Beckton Sewage Works
Blue sky
Wainwright on facadism
Abandoned (one-eyed) reindeer jumper
Street lamp and Strata lined up
Speeded up pedestrians
“We now have the technology …”
Cleaning lorry with blue Union Jack
Wrap artistry
Wicked Campers: Are they now going respectable?
Twelve 2015 photos
Holding the Wheel
Quota sculpture made of plastic milk bottles on the South Bank in 2012
Borats!
Some reindeer-based Christmas cheer from last year
Out and about with GD1 (7): Instead of using her Real Camera GD1 mostly iPhotoed
Nearly invisible Walkie Talkie
ShiRtstream drycleaners and a party recollection
A really good piece about London and its Big Things by Oliver Wainwright
Stormtrooper phones home?
Two mice and a cat on a Wicked Van
Loading problems
Wheel and shadow (and Wheel reflected)
Syed Kamall MEP wins by playing five and losing five
Anonymous guys taking (and making) pictures in Trafalgar Square
White Vans are looking more and more like websites
On going ahead with a posting anyway even if I don’t have all the photos to hand that I would like
Out and about with GD1 (6): The journey gets properly started
Screens at dusk
The next but one London Big Thing
Cameras seeing red
For CAR’S read CARS
Metros of the world
A rural roof where I did not expect it
Christmas is coming and you’d better watch out
Fantasy Vauxhall Bridge with lots of glass
Coloured lights in bottles outside the RFH
Avian Friday
New chairs
Four towers joined together by two bridges
Quota Bald Blokes and Big Ben
Less heat and more light
Couple photoing their own shadows
What is this iceStone device?
Filling in a Meaningless Triangle near Kensington High Street tube
A Morris Minor advertising a ping pong night club
Going to Kings Cross to see gas holders
The sexiest statue in London?
Rain on netting
Calories defined
Remembering the summer sun
Union Jack mirror in a Tottenham Court Road furniture shop
Very local fog in London
Stairs
18/07/2007 - 18:01-19:33
The view from my kitchen
Now I know what a Mews is
A new Big Thing for Paddington?
Hire Intelligence White Van
Corbyn – and an advert bus
Taxis with adverts
Man on horseback – and cranes
Richmond boat cat - giant video kitten - East End cat graffiti
Blokes photoing
An underground history lesson
England rugby and London soccer
Glass Build white van
BT Tower with cranes
Shiny little Aston Martin
View of the footbridge - view from the footbridge
Crane on fire
I was photoing white vans in February 2007
Early thoughts on the Rugby World Cup
What’s this?
Dark Satanic Millbank Tower
A day in BMdotcom heaven (4): A tale of two penultimate overs
A day in BMdotcom heaven (3): Adverts
Some quota reflected cranes and a quota white van
A day in BMdotcom heaven (2): Surrey v Notts was played in front of a live studio audience
Rainbow over Millbank
A day in BMdotcom heaven (1): One early picture
Green Park wedding photos
An old American car in Tottenham Court Road
London Biggin Hill “Jet Centre”?
Weird wide angle lens effect
Shiny little car
On clapping in between movements at classical concerts
Brightly lit against a dark background
Big Ben through the legs of Gandhi statue in Parliament Square
A couple of old squares
A big Black Cab advert picture for a Samizdata posting
Designing and building with glass
Leaves
White van reflexology
Photoing down by the river
iPhone with added fish eye lens
Lady rickshaw driver
Londres
The light outside the Proud Archivist on the evening of July 22nd
Trois Citroens (et deux chevaux)
Sorry!  No Photo’s!
Fun stuff in Oxford Street
Where punctuation might have helped
Digital photography ballet
Two photographers photoing me
Golden Cheesegrater with cranes
Interesting vehicles
Selfie sticks on sale – and a selfie stick in use
With GD2 in Richmond Park (1): Views of London
Lining things up behind the Royal Festival Hall
A blast from the photographic past
My next camera?
Zorb football
Palestra House – then and now
May 2005 was my first big month for photoing photoers
Out and about with GD1 (5): Stoke Newington’s Amazing Castle
Photographers by the river
Tomorrow I will get out less
London dragon
Sunlight (selectively) on roof clutter
A smartphone wearing sunglasses
Out and about with GD1 (4): On the survival of professional photography
A man taking a Selfie before it was A Thing (and me taking a picture of him)
A rather argumentative van
A new Grand Chose for Paris
The next London Big Thing
Lots of photos of the camera man
The weather is too good
Angela’s Nails
Pancake White Van
Cannon Street Station at the end of the street
Smoke over west London
Moving speaker – unmoving listeners, video holder and books
Pavlova reflected in double glazing
Unusual bench?
Knackered
More keeping up of appearances
Two strangers photoed by Mick Hartley and shown there (and here) without their permission
The Shard was looking very special today
Windsor Castle from the top of the RAF Memorial
Light
Smart face on smartphone
Heaven aka the Barley Mow
Old London by the Buck Brothers
The selfie stick is a very useful piece of kit
A very distant and yet very good view of the Big Things of London
Church not dwarfed by anything
A posh white van and a not so posh white van
Two Lady covers
Big Thing alignments from the top of Westminster Cathedral
Ruddigore in Blackfriars
The new Wembley Stadium under construction plus a white van
Customer service
Two more Pavlova pictures
Tim Worstall on “reserves”
BMdotcom quotes of the day from Edward Snowden (and a picture of him)
Real Photographer - shame about the adverts
Ballerina and crane
Shard - Guys - Tate Modern - Blackfriars Bridge - photoed during Magic Hour
An interesting front page story
The view from outside Waterloo Station
Goodbye KP?
Strange London buses
How Centre Point is looking just now
First test against NZ – first day
Blue sky
High hair
Hungerford Footbridges photographers
An alien robot playing the cymbals and paps
A photographer and an advert
Tourists and locals in London
Guy’s Hospital tower and Tate Modern tower
What are those things on her hands?
Ancient carved god spied in modern London
A forgotten war
A new not very big Thing in Paris
Why I mostly write about architectural design rather than about interior design
A Shiny Thing and a friend also photoing it - with an iPhone
Along the river towards Battersea
Lovely light
More Big Olympic Thing photos
A Shiny Thing by Frank Stella Hon RA
Another from the archives
Big 4
Another quota sign
Magic clarified
Viewing the clutter at Centre Point
Made-up London detectives in real London places
Fantastic day
London is getting more colourful
CATable at the Building Centre
Photoing the old London model
The receiving station at Swains Lane (and the previous version of it)
BT Tower - trees without leaves - blue windows
Yet more photographers
Big Things in line (with pylon)
Click on the picture to get a different picture
Back to being ill
Wheel behind trees
My favourie partial eclipse photos
More White Vans
Quota scaffolding and quota roof clutter
A weird view of the Wheel - and cats in Tiger
White Vin Van
White Van
BT Tower behind trees
You don’t see this any more
Photoing the photoers on Westminster Bridge
Pavlova with a new building and a passing bus
The ROH bar and its floating-in-the-air drinkers
The view from Suicide Bridge
Big cat advert
Bizarre designer furniture in a Covent Garden window
Marc Morris on medieval evidence (there’s more of it than you might think)
Another from the I Just Like It directory
At the top of the Monument - in 2012 and in 2007
Is 2007 old enough?
Drunkblogging a new London Big Thing
Shadow photography (again)
True hearts and warm hands
Anish Kapoor photoed next to his big shiny balls
Dancing
Talk went well - two (not really) quota photos
Talk tomorrow – haircut today
Views from Waterloo Bridge
Incidental Last Friday details
Move over CND
Photographers - photographers with hats (one of the hats being rather scary)
“Real Democracy Now” in Parliament Square this afternoon
Big cats jacket
Two pictures of the Shard behind some railings
Smartphones and tablets at the Charlie Hebdo demo
Another place to look out over London from
Sixty Charlie Hebdo demo signs that say something other than “Je Suis Charlie”
Charlie Hebdo demo in Trafalgar Square
A photographer from the I Just Like It directory
Some photographers last November
Christmas Day photos
Shop window
Two geese
I’m an adjective!
Hirst’s Hymn outside the Tate Gallery
To Covent Garden (3): Cat that looks a bit like a dog
To Covent Garden (2): Rough roofs – smooth roof
Christmas tree with scaffolding
Santa’s tired helpers
To Covent Garden (1): The twisty footbridge
Cameras photoing the Wheel (in 2007)
Was Guy’s Tower a key building in the architectural history of London?
Photo-drone wars to come
A link and a photo of a photographer
Sign blocked by surveillance camera
ASI Christmas Party photos
Photoing at the ASI party
Quota roof clutter
At the ASI Christmas Party
In the City with Gus
To Tower Bridge: Shadow selfie – Peace memorial – Big Things old and new
Erith to London: On the recognisability of London’s Big Things
Tower Bridge glass shattered by beer bottle
Scary bunny
Phone (and cash) box
The Magic Flute at the RCM
The Poppies (4): Bald Blokes photoing them
Marginal Eurostar economics
Looking down through the see-through Tower Bridge walkway – but what about looking up through it?
Cats – and technology
Hot dog shadow selfie
As found not-art
The Poppies (3): People taking selfies