Friday, April 1, 2011

London at Night - Arial View

London At Night

The City of London, including the Gherkin (or 30 St Mary's Axe) and Tower 42 (formerly known as the NatWest Tower)
Renowned aerial photographer Jason Hawkes has spent the last year capturing the British capital from 1,000 feet above the ground for his new book, "London At Night"


Aerial view of City Hall and the More London development
"All my work is done from a twin engine helicopter flying between 800 to 1500 feet above the ground," said the 42-year-old from London. "The door is opened and I am strapped into a harness and I begin taking my pictures.


Looking west from Canary Wharf over the rest of London at sunset
Aside from the aesthetic qualities of Jason's pictures, the practical applications are quite varied. "Architects and virtual planners value night photographs above day in their visualisation of sky-scrapers at the early design stage," says Jason


The London Eye, which opened to the public in March 2000 and stands 135 metres (nearly 443 ft) high
"I'm looking to do other cities at night, and still hoping to get over to Dubai at some point, as there are so many amazing structures to photograph there," says Jason


The BT Tower, previously known as the Post Office Tower. The rotating restaurant at the top of the tower is due to  reopen in time for the 2012 London Olympics
The BT Tower, previously known as the Post Office Tower. The rotating restaurant at the top of the tower is due to reopen in time for the 2012 London Olympics


The glass roof of the Great Court at the British Museum, designed by Foster and Partners
The glass roof of the Great Court at the British Museum, designed by Foster and Partners


Trafalgar Square, with Nelson's Column in the foreground and South Africa House behind
Trafalgar Square, with Nelson's Column in the foreground and South Africa House behind


Harrod's in Knightsbridge
Harrod's in Knightsbridge


The Albert Bridge, illuminated with thousands of light bulbs
The Albert Bridge, illuminated with thousands of light bulbs


Buckingham Palace and St James's Park
Buckingham Palace and St James's Park


Oxford Circus, with its new Tokyo-style diagonal pedestrian crossings
Oxford Circus, with its new Tokyo-style diagonal pedestrian crossings


Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus illuminated by its giant neon signs


Looking west over the Houses of Parliament
Looking west over the Houses of Parliament


St Paul's Cathedral and the City of London
St Paul's Cathedral and the City of London


Tower Bridge and the City at dusk
Tower Bridge and the City at dusk


Set for general release next week, London At Night, published by Merrell Publishers, will be available at £24.95
Set for general release next week, London At Night, published by Merrell Publishers, will be available at £24.95

 

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