London in monochrome

by Helen Hooker August. 21, 2016 1990 views

Chris Straker performing an unbelievably whizzy euphonium solo with the band

It's been four years since Kevin last played with Friary Guildford Band in Westminster Abbey Gardens so we returned to the Abbey today to join the audience for their latest concert.  The gardens were packed with keen concert goers and I sneaked around to take a few photos - it just wouldn't be a Friary concert if I didn't photograph them as they played!  After the concert we headed east, towards Docklands, for a spot of exploring and a ride on the Emirates Air Line, the cable car that crosses the River Thames. 

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Chris King talks to the audience. The strong sunshine made today's photos perfect for the monochrome treatment

Before the concert we took a walk along Whitehall to see if Larry the Cat (Chief mouser to the Treasury) was sitting on the steps of No.10 Downing Street. He was nowhere to be seen but that didn't stop me taking some photos of the architecture and the other sights.

On guard at the gatehouse to Horseguards Parade

Looking back towards Whitehall from Horseguards Parade

How could I resist taking a photo of such a cool dog?!

The view across the Thames from the Emirates Air Line

The O2 Arena, glowing in the sunshine

We went inside the O2 and this cascade of lights around one of the structural supports made quite an arresting photo

During a walk through Docklands, towards London City Airport, this old dock building caught my eye, with a modern canopy leading the eye to it.

Looking north as we took our return flight back to the O2.

In the far distance you can just see the Thames Barrier - another place I must go and photograph sometime soon!

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Dominic White 3 years, 2 months ago

A fantastic story Helen! The images are captivating, and of course the one with the dog wearing his sunglasses is just great! I love visiting London, and you have caught a complete different perspective to what I might look for!! Super series of photos!!:)

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Magdalena Zet 3 years, 2 months ago

Captivating. :) These B&Ws show so many different shades of the city. :)

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Sara G 3 years, 2 months ago

Very interesting them all, Helen! My granddaughter is visiting London somewhere :-)

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Amy Daniels 3 years, 2 months ago

Amazing views. Wonderful

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Olga Helys 3 years, 2 months ago

Just impressive report!

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Jay Boggess 3 years, 2 months ago

Fabulous series! Wonderful POVs, variety, compositions, subjects & clarity, with such a deft use of mono! WOW!!!

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Gillian Parsons 3 years, 2 months ago

Great scenes of London always love a trip there great series.

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Ram Ya 3 years, 2 months ago

Excellent series that captures the mode of this beautiful city.
I love the music group photos and the Horse Guard (to my favorite). Thanks for sharing with us, Helen.

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