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Winston Churchill and Parliament Square, London

This photo captures a sculpture of Winston Churchill in this famous spot in London. Many do not know he was actually almost maimed and killed in New York in 1931.

Panorama of Parliament Square and Queen Elizabeth Tower in London, United Kingdom
October 2014, panorama from 3 vertical images, additional exposures for highlights, focal length 16mm, aperture f/11, exposure 6 seconds, ISO 160, tripod.

When crossing the road in the United States during a late night visit to a friend, Bernard Baruch, he instinctively looked to the right when he went to cross the road. Vehicles drive on the opposite sides of the road in America and Britian, so this slip almost proved fatal.

A car hit Churchill dragging him for a short distance. He escaped with relatively minor injuries. He admitted that the accident was completely his fault, not that of the driver. The world definitely would have been a different place without the leadership of Churchill past 1931.

To capture this photo I needed to hurry. I had just captured the Lloyd George statue in the previous photo then I darted over here to get one of Winston Churchill. Often when people see the serene pictures photographers capture, they think “what leisurely hobby photography must be”. The truth is the changing light is constantly keeping you on your toes to get the best photo in a limited time frame. It can actually be quite suspenseful!

When I set out to capture Winston Churchill I knew I wanted the Clock Tower included in the composition to give the viewer a sense of place. To me this perspective gives the impression that Churchill is skeptically watching over the Clock Tower and Parliament and maybe his spirit is still keeping an eye on what is going on in the United Kingdom.

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Panorama of Parliament Square, London

The sculpture in the foreground of this picture is that of David Lloyd George. The figure almost seems as it is motion, and we certainly can’t argue the leader’s legacy is alive and well today steering the direction of the United Kingdom.

Panorama of Parliament Square and Queen Elizabeth Tower in London, United Kingdom
October 2014, panorama from 3 vertical images, additional exposures for highlights, focal length 16mm, aperture f/11, exposure 6 seconds, ISO 100, tripod.

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A famous quote from George is “you can’t feed the hungry with statistics”. His attitude toward governing reflected that, and he created the foundation of the welfare state that provides a safety net for so many today.

I wanted to capture the Clock Tower and Parliament Square to make this image unique, but also immediately recognizable. Not everyone out there, especially those who haven’t been to London, know about the line of sculptures which features great politicians including the likes of Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela.

With a panoramic composition I was able to capture the foreground element of the George sculpture along with the background of the Clock Tower to show this statue in the context of famous London landmark.

I found good location which naturally offered a strong composition. The prominent diagonal shadow leads the eye to the George statue help making it come alive in the picture. From the sculpture it also leads rightward to the famous Clock Tower. George’s hand seems as if it is pointing towards the Clock Tower and instantly recognisable Winston Churchill statue in background.

This time the sky is cooperated with me! It created vibrant hues of sunrise around the Clock Tower and created strong mood of entire scene. I’m pretty happy with the result and I hope you will enjoy it too.

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Clock Tower and Westminster Bridge, London

Clock Tower and Big Ben is one of the best known landmarks in the world, but very few know what it sounds like when the clock strikes. If you get a chance, I suggest looking up a recording of the bells. For a while there the bells which ring over London everyday did not chime.

Big Ben, Queen Elizabeth Tower and Westminster Bridge Illuminated in the Evening, London, United Kingdom
October 2014, single image, additional exposures for highlights, focal length 35mm, aperture f/8, shutter speed 13 seconds, ISO 200, tripod.

In October of 1859, a mere 3 months after bells finally were installed, the largest bell cracked due to the hammer strike. So why not replace the bell? Well, there was one small flaw in the design. In order to move the bell out one would have to remove the Great Clock and all the complex mechanisms behind it.

For a few months no one came up with a solution. Until someone suggested to turn the cracked bell a quarter turn, so that the hammer would strike a different spot. It worked out! The hammer still strikes this spot today.

Capturing a photo of such an iconic landmark is never easy, but I always must put myself up to the task. This shot was during my business trip to London in October of 2014. On the first evening I went to this location to take a crack at snapping famous Clock Tower.

Unfortunately the sky was not cooperating. It was in fact clean and boring. As a photographer I know how impressive sky is so imperative to getting a good shot! I needed to improvise, so I decided to include more of Westminster Bridge and less of the sky into the frame.

I used the diagonal lines of the bridge from the edge of the frame to create a strong composition and dynamic leading lines to guide viewer eyes to the main focal point. Although the sky itself was quite boring, the reflection of the sky on the river added in some nice texture to the photo.

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