Every time I walk along South Bank or visit Tate Modern I feel compelled to take another image of St Paul’s, and every time I try to come up with a slightly different view.
The last image I posted, before the one you see above, can be seen here. It’s worth looking at if you don’t know this area well, because it explains the exact context of today’s image. The previous image was taken from the bridge with my back against the waist-high glass panelling that the man in today’s image is leaning against. That explains the very strong horizontal bar and a thin vertical stripe that are unavoidable features of today’s image. The bridge ends in mid-air and to exit off it pedestrians double back down ramps to reach ground level, and to take today’s image I was behind the bridge shooting up from the ground.
It was a very grey day when I was here exactly a week ago. I stood for a few minutes waiting patiently for a suitable group of people to come into the frame, with an idea in mind, and then this big fellow arrived and stood there immovably. My first reaction was to shout: ‘get out of the way, I’m trying to take a picture down here’! But the longer he stood there, the more I thought the composition might work.
The image does not look good in colour – the waist-high glass panelling introduces a marked colour cast and the glass is streaked with rain water staining, and that also shows up against the man’s dark clothing. Even in B&W there was a considerable amount of work to clean up the areas of sky seen through the glass to remove the most offensive streaking.
This is an image that has grown on me the more I look at it and I would love to hear your opinions.