London Cityscapes

Palace of Westminster - PHOTO: ALEXANDER J.E. BRADLEY - NIKON D7000 - 50MM F/1.4 @ F/2.8 - 1/125 - ISO 1600

Palace of Westminster - PHOTO: ALEXANDER J.E. BRADLEY - NIKON D7000 - 50MM F/1.4 @ F/2.8 - 1/125 - ISO 1600

When one thinks of cityscapes, London immediately draws to mind. The skyline is so instantly recognisable thanks to the many landmarks we all know so well, both old and new. With icons that have stood seemingly before memory can recall, such as the peaks of the Westminster Palace with the iconic Big Ben located in the clock tower, and the magnificent Saint Paul's cathedral. This is contrasted with the modern world in the impressive buildings of the City, like the Gherkin and Walkie Talkie buildings and across the river, the Shard.

St. Paul's CATHEDRAL - PHOTO: ALEXANDER J.E. BRADLEY - NIKON D7000 - 14-24MM F/2.8 @ 24MM - F/7.1 - 1/125 - ISO 100

St. Paul's CATHEDRAL - PHOTO: ALEXANDER J.E. BRADLEY - NIKON D7000 - 14-24MM F/2.8 @ 24MM - F/7.1 - 1/125 - ISO 100

Border Dragon - PHOTO: ALEXANDER J.E. BRADLEY - NIKON D7000 - 24-70MM F/2.8 @ 56MM - F/5.6 - 1/400 - ISO 100

Border Dragon - PHOTO: ALEXANDER J.E. BRADLEY - NIKON D7000 - 24-70MM F/2.8 @ 56MM - F/5.6 - 1/400 - ISO 100

Slicing the city in two is the River Thames where many bridges cross this powerful waterway, such as the Millennium Bridge. Blocking ship access upstream was a major consideration of the thriving port city, so much so that when they built Tower Bridge, it was completed with a drawbridge to allow unhindered upstream access. 

Millennium Bridge and St. Paul's CATHEDRAL - PHOTO: ALEXANDER J.E. BRADLEY - NIKON D7000 - 24-70MM F/2.8 @ 42MM - F/6.3 - 1/160 - ISO 200

Millennium Bridge and St. Paul's CATHEDRAL - PHOTO: ALEXANDER J.E. BRADLEY - NIKON D7000 - 24-70MM F/2.8 @ 42MM - F/6.3 - 1/160 - ISO 200

Tower Bridge - PHOTO: ALEXANDER J.E. BRADLEY - NIKON D7000 - 24-70MM F/2.8 @ 24MM - F/16 - 1/4 - ISO 100

Tower Bridge - PHOTO: ALEXANDER J.E. BRADLEY - NIKON D7000 - 24-70MM F/2.8 @ 24MM - F/16 - 1/4 - ISO 100

The Thames is not only the focal point of the metropolis, but also it's heart and historic home. The London as we know it today grew from the humble Roman trading port of Londinium. The city has remained partially autonomous thanks to their walls and hold a strange set of laws unique to Great Britain today. The biggest banking moguls rub shoulders with Aldermen in the city's ward of "Cheapside". You could write a whole photo essay on the quirks of the city of London, and I did just that.

City of London Border Dragon - PHOTO: ALEXANDER J.E. BRADLEY - NIKON D7000 - 24-70MM F/2.8 @ 70MM - F/2.8 - 1/250 - ISO 100

City of London Border Dragon - PHOTO: ALEXANDER J.E. BRADLEY - NIKON D7000 - 24-70MM F/2.8 @ 70MM - F/2.8 - 1/250 - ISO 100

City of London Skyline - PHOTO: ALEXANDER J.E. BRADLEY - NIKON D7000 - 24-70MM F/2.8 @ 36MM - F/22 - 1/6 - ISO 100

City of London Skyline - PHOTO: ALEXANDER J.E. BRADLEY - NIKON D7000 - 24-70MM F/2.8 @ 36MM - F/22 - 1/6 - ISO 100

In honour of the unique skyline of London, we asked photographers to upload and tag their best cityscape photos, of any city in the world. We spend some time carefully going over all of the submissions. There were some very beautiful images in there, and I wanted to award everyone a prize. But there can only be one, so before I show you the winner, I just wanted to say a special thank you to these runners up.

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And finally, the winner goes to Sarah Terry with her image "Barge on the Seine, 2016." The beautiful morning light captures the scene of a working river, contrasted with the riches of the Louvre. She has won a copy of our 2017 Aperture Tours wall calendar of London.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated. If you didn't win, you are still welcome to purchase a copy of the 2017 Aperture Tours wall calendar. It features 12 glorious images of London. Each image is accompanied by complete shooting details and a map of the photos location. 

The calendars are limited to a run of 100 calendars. Once they are sold, there will be no reprint, so make sure to secure your calendar before they are all gone.

We have donated over AUD$700 for the "Heather Bradley Memorial Trust" to date, and we will continue to give with AUD$2.50 of every calendar going to the trust at the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (Victoria, Australia). The trust not only honours the loving memory of my sister, but it also provides a source of income to The Compassionate Friends who assist bereaved parents and siblings in order to provide them with empathy, support and a safe environment in which to grieve, heal and grow.


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Author : Alexander J.E. Bradley

Alexander is the founder of Aperture Tours which run tours in London and across the globe. A professional photographer for over a decade, Alexander enjoys shooting the surreal by mixing dreamlike qualities into his conceptual images.