St. Paul’s Cathedral at sunset
The dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral is an iconic piece of London’s skyline. You can’t visit London without capturing an image of it. Or at least you shouldn’t.
The inside of the cathedral, which was rebuilt in its current incarnation in the 17th Century, is spectacular. Just looking up at the top of the dome can give you vertigo, not to mention climbing the stairs to the top of the dome and looking down. The only problem for photographers is that you’re not allowed to take pictures inside the cathedral.
I photographed the cathedral from one of the balconies at the Tate Modern museum, which is about a half mile from the cathedral, directly across the River Thames. From this vantage point, you’re looking north toward the cathedral, with the sun setting to the photographer’s left.
A wide shot of the cathedral brings in the Millennium Bridge, a walkway that crosses the river between the cathedral and the Tate Modern, Globe Theater and Bankside Gallery. I love this steel suspension bridge for the fact that it’s a pedestrian only walkway.
Londoners nicknamed it “The Wobbly Bridge” after it was shut down within days of its grand opening in 2000 because the bridge swayed a little too much for comfort. The bridge was closed for two years and didn’t reopen until 2002.
Not only does the bridge have a modern, sleek design but from an urban planning standpoint, it’s a wonderful way to create a pedestrian flow between St. Paul’s Cathedral and the City of London School to the attractions on the south side of the river. It was in heavy use the Saturday we were there.
The footbridge is lit at night and offers some interesting photo opportunities. I didn’t have time to take photos of the bridge at night because we had an 8 p.m. dinner reservation. But there were at least four or five photographers set up on the bridge with their tripods.
Photos by Joe Newman.