Sunday, 29 July 2012

London in Black & White

The Shard, London Bridge
The Shard is the tallest building in Europe. It was not easy to photograph. Close by and looking up the structure is flat and uninteresting, and the dense surrounding area of buildings doesn't allow to take a step back. After a frustrating hour of trying to find its photogenic angle I managed to find a good spot - on a bridge in the middle of the Thames.

 The Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square

The Lloyd's Building, The City
The City is the financial district in London, similar to the Wall Street in New York. The Lloyd's Building is famous for having all its pipes, cables, lifts, staircases and electrical power conduits built outside the structure.

Hyde Park
The British summer is famously temperamental. I love the hopefulness, displayed here by the empty deck chairs. It is almost like a shamanic act, calling on the Sun to appear.

The Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens
The Serpentine Gallery commissions a temporary pavilion from an architect, to be built in front of the gallery every summer. This year the pavilion was created by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei.

The Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea
What first appears to be a black shiny floor is, in fact, oil. The gallery space is filled up to the waist with it. Visitors walk along a narrow opening in the middle of the sea of oil; some dare to go to the very end, which is a wonderful, if bizarre experience. The installation was created by Richard Wilson.

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Strand
The Courtauld Institute is a little-known gem in London. The Institute has an excellent permanent collection of paintings, both old and newer masters, and their exhibitions are always well curated.

The Gherkin, The City
The Gherkin, also known as the Phallus, is an office building in the heart of the financial district. Every single window is cleaned by hand by two window cleaners - in a day and age when people fly to the Moon and space exploration rovers are sent to Mars.


Nikos said...

That's apretty realstic sitting statue at the Serpentine gallery!

Ulrika said...

Eagle eyes!