Big Ben Steps


If I’m honest, on reflection, I’m not entirely sure I was supposed to be down here taking this photo. There was a small gate to climb over, a shopping trolley to move out the way (I think it was Sainsbury’s but I can’t be sure) and a general concerted effort to keep my footing on the slippery steps and rocks, but as I mentioned elsewhere, I’ve been walking for a long time now so I’ve got lots of practice.

This was in the few days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve and I was on my way to see the Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition in the National Theatre. I’d just nabbed a shot of Tower Bridge and was already feeling rather happy with myself, but this put the icing on the cake.

There must be millions of photos of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and I have no interest in shooting what’s already been shot countless times before, so I’m happy to present a slightly different take on it.

It turns out this spot is quite well-used in television and film – it’s featured at least once in the modern day Doctor Who series, and in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment in SPECTRE, the latest Bond film.

This is my humble offering, and it was a huge amount of fun, I was so excited to take it. Cue much fist-pumping as I walked over to the Theatre.

Part of the Everywhere else collection.

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