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Nine-Hundred Years of Society

Posted by
Ian Smith (London, United Kingdom) on 14 February 2011 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Almost completely hidden amongst the metal and glass of 'Modern London' reaches the tower of The Guild Church of St Margaret Pattens - one of Sir Christopher Wren's rebuilds after The Great Fire of 1666. (middle of the frame if you missed it).
View from the southbank of the River Thames near London Bridge.

FUJIFILM FinePix F30 1/420 second F/4.9 ISO 100 23 mm

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sunstone_maria from California, United States

wonderful!! wonderful!! I love especially the colors and the clarity. The red ball almost at the top is a fantastic addition to the composition. Excellent!!!

14 Feb 2011 5:28am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

One of your best. Beautifully done, so crisp and clear and well composed.

14 Feb 2011 6:54am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Superbe lumière et composition Ian, j'adore ta ville !

14 Feb 2011 9:30am

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

swallowed up isn't it! - I love those historic prints showing London as a city of church spires. It's a shame that skyline has gone.

I love the contrast bettwen dark sky and sunlit buildings in this Ian!

14 Feb 2011 9:56am

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

great compo and beautiful details and texture!
sometimes architecture is really fascinating!
great captured!

14 Feb 2011 1:07pm

Annierita & Annisabelle from New Delhi & Belle Ile, India

I like the contrast between the old and new buildings, the framing of the photo. annierita

14 Feb 2011 1:26pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Superb shot of those glass façades. Shame that we bury our history away :-(

14 Feb 2011 4:39pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

my visit to London was the occasion to see by my own eyes this melting of old and very modern architectures. the church is hidden like a symbol of the modernity which is growing and growing...

14 Feb 2011 5:47pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

This is a great shot Ian. I would never have guess this to be London, as I didn't realize that steel and glass had covered so many of the old historical buildings. I guess that's progress, but is it really?

14 Feb 2011 10:00pm

@bluechameleon: I know what you mean Sharon - but I think this photo is not really the best representation of London, as it really does a fine job of preserving anything significantly old. Most of the modern buildings occupy sites that were previously industrial/commercial - its simply a case of these replacements trying ever so hard to make an impression that the get taller, wider, more colourful and change the familiar look of an area. There are so many well preserved historical minorities in and around London, like this one, that I am tempted to make the effort to seek them all out - an adventure any visitor should make too.

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

A brilliant photo. I didn't see the spire until you pointed it out, which makes it even more a special photo. And you have composed it beautifully, with so many layers and textures. Great work.

5 Mar 2011 8:51am

1/420 second
ISO 100
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