Night life – Looking through windows
I’m currently trying to edit my night time photos of London to pull out six to fit into a portfolio that will give an idea of London at night. The photos have to give a sense of the atmosphere.
It’s proving very difficult. I find three that seem to fit together and another three but they don’t work with the first three. Do I go conceptual and just have entrances and exits (in other words doors and alleyways)? Or do I put some of my photographs taken through windows together?
I’m still no further on with my editing but, in going through, my photos, I found some photos I had taken through windows that I hadn’t posted.
The first was taken in China Town. The one below was taken in Shepherd Market – at Christmas, in case the fir tree branches round the windows didn’t give it away! You can also see my reflection in the window. Note to self – must wear a darker coat.
The third is one I took the other day as I was walking around the City of London hoping to photograph bankers at work into the evening. No such luck. Bankers don’t seem to work as hard these days as they used to! But I liked this shot I took of an empty office in the Gherkin (otherwise known as 1, St Mary Axe). I like the feeling of an empty office and the reflections of the older buildings.
And then there are windows that you can’t see through, but they give you a very good idea of what is going on behind them. I took the two below in Shepherd Market, Mayfair, on the same evening as the restaurant photo.
As well as being the home of some very upmarket private members clubs and restaurants, Arab coffee shops and outfitters and the offices of various investment banks, it is also London’s oldest red-light district.