I’m firmly with Oscar Wilde when it comes to London and I for one have never tired of it. I used to live there but now have a different relationship with the city as it’s one that I visit. I’ve not been down for a while but in my recent visit I was struck by how things change and move on. Cities are great places to watch evolve and I think you notice this more through visits as things that are different will leap out at you, whereas when you live there the slow process of change almost goes unnoticed.
I think London more that anywhere else I know has a constant feeling of change set against a backdrop of incredible history, as I wandered around (and London is a brilliant city for wandering) I noticed new structures and buildings popping up and filling gaps adapting to the way that we now live our lives.
The most striking new development was the Shard, towering to the heavens on the South Bank. I’d heard about the building and like others have seen lots of photos of it with people dangling at the top etc but seeing it in the flesh without having been aware of it’s inching development skywards was striking. It gives the South side of the river an interesting focal point that draws the eye away from it’s numerous tall cousins across the river. I’m sure that there are many cons to the building, ego’s behind it, funding for it etc etc and I have no idea what Londoners think of it but as a simple striking building I liked it a lot. I think that it is officially unveiled (it’ll be a big veil) this week when no doubt lazers and the like will bounce of it’s glass sides and razzamatazz will take over but I prefer this shot above that I took as it stands alone in the dusk.