London at Night

I love The Boston Globe’s Big Picture.? It’s always a pleasure to see what Alan Taylor comes up with.

Recently, he put up photos of London at night.? The contrast between the lights and the city are amazing.

With the end of the Olympics in Beijing, all eyes turned for a moment to London, site of the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics. While looking for good photographs of London, I was contacted by London photographer Jason Hawkes, who had some wonderful images of London, seen from above at night (from a helicopter, to be exact) – some of which which he’s agreed to let me share here. From Jason: “Shooting aerial photography during the daytime had its own difficulties, you are strapped tightly into a harness leaning out of the helicopter, shouting directions through the headsets to the pilot. If shooting in the day can be difficult, night and the lack of light causes its own set of problems, but overcoming them is half the fun and the results can be stunning. I shoot at night using the very latest digital cameras, mounted on either one or two gyro stablazied mounts, depending on the format of the camera and length of lens I’m having to use.”

I was going to make a tasteless joke about Amy Winehouse, but these photos are too wonderful to ruin with something like that.? For me, it’s always about imagining what is happening in the pictures – the hundreds of vibrant stories taking place at the exact moment Jason snapped the image.? People stumbling from bars, finding love, taking shelter, dreaming big thoughts, worrying where their next meal will come from, praying that Manchester United doesn’t let them down, etc.? It’s a big world and we’re all just tiny vessels of hyrdocarbons.

Click on photos to seem them enlarged or just go check out The Big Picture.

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