Cranes and blue sky

There is definitely something about cranes and building sites set against a clear blue sky, this was taken late morning near work,


Have put a tiny little filter on it but otherwise not messed with. Love a good building site, not so much finished new buildings most of the time. Need to take more photos when out and about, pity that all recent ‘out and about’ has been very rushed as work’s very busy so I don’t even notice much around me. Glad I did today. Also glad for having been able to get out of the office for a good little lunch at St. John (bar), crab on toast, salad with dried pig’s liver and a rather large slice of chocolate cake. Lovely

Accidental light

So I love how half of London is a building site at the moment, let’s make it all sparkly and shiny and new for the Olympics next year and let’s make it super difficult for people to get from one place to another. Great. Anyway, I am frequently passing King’s Cross station, where the front is currently being renovated and I love how imposing this looks at night covered in scaffolding but it’s impossible taking a decent picture of the site from a bus. Last night’s attempts:


You can see the hand rail and the lights in the bus just at the level of where the clock is at King’s Cross, it’s like the clock is emitting some strange light. Love it!

Good building site

Took some pictures of a building site near Old Street roundabout 3 weeks ago and was back in the area the other day. Haven’t really noticed any progress but the building-to-be still looks kinda menacing, very tall and out of character with what’s around it. Wander if it’s going to be the usual ‘offices and retail’ and then it’ll sit empty because nobody’s got any money to move offices and open retail.

Back to the ‘time portal’

Back in the general direction of Moorgate today, this is becoming a regular haunt now and will be for a while. Took some more photos of the ‘gateway to another dimension’ with more or less success:

It’s the ruin bit surrounded by other buildings. Think I’d need to hire a helicopter or something to capture this properly but am trying, am trying…

Here it is from the opposite direction, building site fenced off and really makes me wander why they left this entrance standing? Must be a gateway to another dimension!!

Bit further down the road, builders working on scaffolding… clearly becoming obsessed with scaffolding…

Perhaps I should have asked them if they’d been through the gateway? Or perhaps I should have asked the occupiers:

On Finsbury Square, have to say, the square looks a lot more interesting now there are loads of tents and people around. But something is very, very wrong in this picture, capitalism working?? No, no, no, that is not the message:

Much better now that capitalism is not working! That’s quite clear.

Difference of a day

I love a building site – not that I visit them frequently but there’s something about the regular gridlines of scaffolding, the structure of cranes, sometimes even the alienness of a tall shell of a building going up that makes me stop and look, fascinated. If I had this blog last year, I would have probably spent hours taking photographs of the Shard of glass going up by London Bridge – at night, it looked like some sort of alien hive. Not that I particularly like many of the new tall buildings once finished and I very much dislike disruption to traffic that any great new building project necessitates.

This particular building spot near the Old Street roundabout is definitely not something I am excited about – as they demolished what was once a very intriguing-looking model shop to build this. I’d never even been inside the model shop but always wanted to go – bet you could get lost in there for hours, think it was much used by architects and people who make models (who else?) and I never went as would have probably just bought tons of stuff to make – I don’t know, dioramas? and then never made anything. So, of course, there is a lot of disruption to traffic around but, at the same time, as traffic is slow, you can take pictures from the bus. Yesterday, I took these:

I was going to post them yesterday but didn’t have time. Then today I had to go back to the area and managed to take some more pictures – these are very different, yesterday was a very sunny day and today was a bit less so:


And, I’ve also managed to capture exactly what I mean by total disturbance to traffic – at another building site, very near, these are left on the street, fenced off, like there isn’t anywhere else on actual site to keep them:

That’s right, loads of sandbags… took this photo over shoulder so not exactly straight but otherwise rather good. What are they building – bet it’s the usual, offices that will stay unoccupied for years and overpriced flats that nobody can afford to live in. Oh, and probably some sort of a ‘retail element’ to the build, there’s always some retail, likely to be most uninteresting. Where did the model shop go?

Time travel portal that almost worked

This would have looked most excellent had it really worked:

Unfortunately, I was too close. Building site by Moorgate and this entrance-type-gate-thing was the only thing left standing. It kind of looked like a cross between a ‘postmodern take on a triumphal arch’ and a gateway to another dimension.

It didn’t quite work but the pictures are still quite cool.

Industrial North (Circular)

So I went to see a friend living just outside London on Sunday. Another friend gave me a lift and I thougt this would be a good opportunity to take pics on route. That didn’t really work out as we were chatting and looking at where we were going so I was looking at maps and directions and not out the window. Managed only a few:

This is to remind me that I rather like building sites – interesting scaffolding lines and so on. Would quite like to take more photos of building sites.

Love going under railway bridges. So industrial.

These footbridges I seriously dislike, so ugly. They always take so much space with their ugliness.

Loved this, the name, the colour, the amount of satelite dishes and the windows with their awnings. Fab little composition – think this was Seven Sisters Road or thereabouts.