Never underestimate the power of light. It makes the world of difference to images from all genres of photography.
I regularly walk through parts of central London. The street scene seems to change at remarkable speed. Recently I visited the London Bridge area – home to The Shard. But also home to Guy’s Hospital where I spent three years as a medical student over 45 years ago. This area of London has changed out of all recognition except that the old central buildings of the hospital are just as I recall them all those years ago. It brought back a lot of memories.
I hadn’t realized quite how close The Shard is to the hospital – it towers over it. I still haven’t got a decent shot of that iconic building, but as I walked back to the station, sunlight was reflecting off a newly completed building a few steps away and it was a remarkable sight. The building seemed to shimmer with light.
I picked up the train and got off at the next stop – Southwark. Just to see what I might find there, always curious. Across the road from the station exit another office block was directly facing the afternoon sun. It was quite an extraordinary sight. It felt as if the sun had hit the building and exploded – a bit like a paintball shot would. Except this was light not material.