I have lived in London my whole life – I was born in this city (in Zone 4 to be exact) and the only time I left was for my undergraduate degree in York University. I love this city and I can’t see myself ever moving away but it has been a long time since I saw London with fresh eyes. Even when I walk I look down and try to avoid eye contact with other Londoners. However recently I have forced myself to look up and to look around, phone in hand ready to take a picture. The results are some of the most beautiful pictures I have ever taken and I really want to share them with you all.
The top photo was taken yesterday. I had a day off from work, was in Oxford Circus right outside the station and very, very cold. the lights were about to change and I really wanted to take a picture before the roads were full of pedestrians blocking my view. I love the fact that I was able to capture two iconic red buses too!
Now this one was taken from a sixth floor window. It was the clouds I fell in love with – their colour and their shape. Plus the day before had been a miserable one in London and I was very happy to see some blue skies.
This one was taken just after sunset as I was walking from one end of London to the other (that may seem like a lot but in London everything is pretty close together). A long time ago, in another lifetime it seems I used to work in the London Eye. While I was there it lost it’s wonder and even though I know way too much about the place to ever be truly wowed by it again, it is a very impressive sight and looks amazing in photos.
This last photo was actually taken this morning as I ran to my closest station in other to get to a running event in time. A fog had descended and everything looked creepy and very, very atmospheric – don’t the trees look amazing? I have taken to calling it a Jack the Ripper fog because I know of way too many Victorian dramas and books set in a fog.
I am not a photographer, just someone who likes taking photos but I am so, so proud of these snaps. They don’t capture the real London as voted for by a committee (who know what that looks like?) but they are my London and right now my London is so, so beautiful.