Urban Photos - South of The River

When I look back at my best urban photos of London (street photography specifically) it's quite clear that the South side of the river is right up there on top of my list with some of my best shots created there.

In the past 17 years I’ve lived in ten different areas of London (yes… you could safely say that I’ve moved a lot). I still regularly walk areas I think I’m less familiar with in order to stay up-to-date. The result is that I know London like the back of my hand and if one day I need a new job, I may very well become a cab driver.

Yet as a photographer based in Highgate, North London, South of the river still is a bit exotic and feels like a true change of scenery from my usual Camden Town and Kentish Town.

There’s no place quite like the South Bank and it’s one of the best London street photography locations in my books.

Here’s why:

What attracts me, mostly around the South Bank Centre and the Tate Modern Gallery, is how open the spaces are and also the sometime quite "brutalist" architecture. Concrete is king and concrete is good.

Some openings between concrete slabs create light wells which can really on a bright sunny day create unusual and beautiful geometric high contrast street / urban photos.

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It’s also an area populated by quite a fair amount of great street art and graffiti, if you know where to look, which makes for interesting backgrounds.

The area lends itself very well to maximising the use of negative space and therefore a more minimal photography, be it minimal urban architecture or minimal street photography.

However, not far away, the hordes of tourists around the London Eye, Big Ben and Tower Bridge are also interesting for general street photography and urban landscapes… if you can stand crowds.

What other areas do you think are particularly good for street photography in London?

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Nico