A few weeks ago, our photography instructor, the very talented Zig Mroz treated us to a viewing of his MA project which featured a series of shots he took of the exterior of his lovely apartment complex in Teddington at dusk. Explaining that he used shutter speeds of up to and sometimes exceeding ten minutes, the results were stunning. By choosing this particular method he was able to capture not only the incredible subtlety and richness of colour and texture of the environment, but the psychological - almost stage-like - quality of a community who rarely connect.
His photos were tremendously inspiring to me. Three days after seeing them I was up before the larks to see what I could achieve in low light along the Thames near the City of London. And if you're ever interested, there's a car park near London Bridge open all night for £16/hr. And if you go when I did on the weekend, there's no congestion charge. And here's something funny: I've lived in the UK for 24 years and in all that time had never been to Tower Bridge.