I had planned to photograph Piccadilly Circus at dawn, with as few a people around as possible. The lights from the advertising were so bright it was impossible to capture what I had in mind. So I ended up wondering up and down Regent Street looking for ideas. This iconic London Underground sign stood out. The steps lead down into Piccadilly Circus underground station. Waiting for buses to pass gave me the chance to capture some light trails. This isn’t what I wanted, as the light trails are a bit faint. This is due to the light from the advertising behind being so bright. You can see the building on the left lit up from them.
On the hillside in Miramar, Wellington has a Hollywood-style sign. Facing the airport to be seen by people flying into the city. It’s made from corrugated iron with three-metre high letters. Wellington is the world’s wildest city. So it makes sense to have the last letters symbolising a wind gust.
The most southerly point of the South Island of New Zealand is actually Slope Point. For years I thought it was Bluff. Even after visiting the Bluff sign in 2012. Slope Point is about an hour’s drive east of Bluff towards the Catlins. It’s roughly 5 kilometres further south and well worth a look. We went around sunset so the sign was glowing in the golden sunlight. As the sign says, here you are closer to the South Pole than the Equator.
Having been to Bluff before a few years ago it was good to be back at the Southern tip of the South Island. Rather than getting the typical Bluff sign photograph, I wanted to try a different angle. Sitting down on the ground infant of the sign and looking up this was the angle. Rather than seeing all the locations you can only see a few. The one I focused the camera on was Wellington, my home city and New Zealand’s capital city. 784 kilometres to the north of this sign.