Wednesday, December 11th 2013
As the hours of daylight grow shorter, we go to work in the dark and come home in the dark. That might be depressing but for the transformation of the scene brought about by the lights of the city, especially as Christmas approaches and Christmas lights are appearing everywhere.
During the year, the angel wings at the N1 Centre reflect the sunlight or shine dully under grey skies, depending on the weather. At Christmas they come alive with lights. The shoppers seem too busy to give them more than a casual glance.
Even the City of London is not too serious-minded to put up decorations for Christmas, as in this square where the Gherkin seems to peer over an office block at the illuminated trees.
For this picture, I risked life and limb (well, a little bit, perhaps) by standing in the road in the face of oncoming traffic. Near the centre is the oval shape of the Gherkin which, though it is rather taller than it looks in the picture is still dwarfed by the Heron Tower to its right.
I like this photo because the air is slightly misty and that softens the focus enough to almost turn the photo into a painting. Lights dazzle dark-adapted eyes making the world a schematic sight where details are shaded out.