I looked out of the window of the Portrait Restaurant this morning (I was there for a tasting) and realised how much the new construction in Vauxhall is affecting the historic view of the Palace of Westminster down Whitehall. Instead of Pugin’s towers representing Imperial power on the skyline, you see the cranes of the new London:-
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A photograph worthy of Alvin Langdon Coburn. I can’t help but be reminded of William Henry Fox Talbot’s June 1841 view over the River Thames, taken from the future site of the ShellMex building. It depicts Westminster Abbey seen for the first time in centuries dominating the cityscape briefly without competition from the soon to be erected Houses of Parliament.
Dear Larry, Yes, the scene had a historical atmosphere because of the winter light and because it’s such a historical view. I like the glimpse of traffic. Hope you’re well. Charles