The changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace happens 4 times a week over summer. I remember standing in front of the palace as a child watching this 45 minute ceremony. Walking to Westminster after a bike ride in Hyde Park and seeing crowds starting to gather. I thought it’d be worth waiting to see what was about to happen. We stood at the gates of the Wellington Barracks on Spur Road. I wasn’t expected the Queen’s Guard march out of the gates so fast. Because of this there’s a little blur in their feet.
Cruising the river Thames from Westminster to tower bridge is really popular. Many companies take thousands of tourists on this boat trip every day. It wasn’t part of the plan for our weeks stay in London. The open top bus tickets we had included the cruise. So on a rainy afternoon we decided to get on the boat rather than using the tube to get up to Tower Bridge. It was raining so I focused on the rain running down the glass of the boat’s windows to blur the bridge behind. Even with the blur this iconic bridge is still recognisable.
Officially Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London. There’s been a castle here since the year 1078 AD. I remember going on a tour as a child, something I would like to do again as an adult one day. The best views of the Tower of London are from a boat, as this was taken. There are also good views from Tower Bridge or the South Bank of the Thames. This is the view many prisoners of the Tudors may have seen as they entered through the Traitors’ Gate.
Regent’s Canal runs through the north end of Camden Town. This part of London used to be industrial but in since the 1970’s Camden has become a popular area for tourists. Camden Market is just off to the right of where this photograph was taken. Dingwalls is the large bar and live music venue that you can see on the right of the locks.
Photographs can haunt you and this is a good example of that. Back in the summer of 2008, I stood in this spot and took one of my favourite night photographs of London. With one flaw. There was a sign in the lower left side of the frame saying “Not safe for public use”. You can see this on my original Trafalgar Square Fountains at Night photograph here. As you can see they’ve now removed this ugly looking sign.
This time I put the camera much lower to make the statue in the foreground stand out more. I’m still not 100% happy with this new photograph. It was cloudy and I didn’t stay out late enough for the sky to get darker. Next time I’m in London and the sky is clear, I will get the version of this photograph that I have a clear picture of in my head.