“Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
— Samuel Johnson
London is undoubtedly the most culturally impactful city in the world. It is thriving year in year out and no matter how many times you visit you’ll still get that electric feeling of being somewhere significantly special. I am fortunate enough to both live and work in London and so have managed to pick up one or two (more like a hundred) photos across the years. So here is a collection of some of the iPhoneography that I’ve collected over the years.
The major art installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London, marked one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War. Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, 888,246 ceramic poppies progressively filled the Tower’s famous moat between 17 July and 11 November 2014. Each poppy represented a British military fatality during the war.
The poppies encircled the iconic landmark, creating not only a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower but also a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation was intended to reflect the magnitude of such an important centenary and create a powerful visual commemoration.
I visited the Tower Poppies twice, once in August, half way to its 888, 246 Poppy target and again in November when they had finished – the sight was both stunning and moving.