This image was taken on Friday 5th January 2007. I was walking back to the hotel after a photo shoot in the Westminster Area of central London. This photograph shows the Marriott Hotel at West India Quay on the Isle of Dogs near Canary Wharf. We were staying in the hotel pictured (the tallest building). It seems extremely large from this angle but it isn’t as big as many of the skyscrapers that you would see if I had turned my camera lens 90 degrees to the left. There appears to be a major construction site on the flat area to the right of the hotel. I wonder what this view will look like in five or ten years?
This afternoon I set off for Blackpool. It was a lot later than I had expected to leave, but we arrived in good time and the traffic was clear for a Friday rush hour time. This evening it was raining but we drove into the centre of Blackpool to look at the sights. It was dark and wet so I couldn’t see the sea, but there were a lot of interesting things with lots of lights on them like amusement arcades, roller-coasters, casinos and bars – even the tower. I got completely soaking wet but it was worth it to get photos of the town at night. The photograph shows the World’s Largest Mirrored Ball. It was made by Michael Tranner and the Art Department in 2002. The quote below the ball says “They shoot horses don’t they?” Not exactly sure the relationship between a huge mirror ball and that quote but I liked the photograph and Claire standing underneath gives the image a sense of scale.
After the trip up the Empire State Building I did a little shopping around Macy’s and Dr. Jay’s. I then took the subway back to the YMCA. That evening a few of us walked back to 5th ave to the Rockafeller Centre. This recently opened (October 2005) a viewing platform at the top of the building which is open till 11pm at night so gives great views from the 70th floor. As you can see in the photo I took below.
Finally after a long journey I arrived at the hostel (west side YMCA) I was staying at for around 3pm. We walked down Broadway to Time Square and went to Ellen’s Stardust Diner for a lovely three course meal. Took loads of photographs of Time Square as the sun went down of New York City.