This week the Hasselblad back arrived from Matt Wilkinson and it was my turn to step up and take my "Home" photo for the Twelve Project. My Hasselblad style is 'simple'. My photos often involve big skies, lots negative space and where the main focal point "should be" its often buried at the bottom of the frame. It's an intentional move, a reminder if you will (mostly to myself) to take a breath and look up once in a while!
It's fair to say I have a deep routed love/hate relationship with London. I ran into its arms around the age 17, did a number of years here before swearing never to return, and then returned (of course) several years later to do another massive stint. That was until 2014 when, exhausted by being back in its grasp, I fled again for 6 months to travel in America with my girlfriend and breathe once more.
Now in 2015 and here I am again. Nothing's changed, it rarely does. It's dirty, stupidly expensive, aggressive and over crowded, it annoys me immensely and most days I long for the sea, beach, clean air and space. But, as much as it grinds my gears, there's always something to do, its chock full of great coffee shops (always important for a photographer) and different accents, cultures, languages. There's an abundance of greenery, secret spots and where every street is packed full of history. The museums are some of the best in the World-and are mostly free...... oh and the, Architecture of the City is incredible and offers everything from Edwardian to Victorian, Modernism to Brutalism, and Art Deco to Modern shiny glass sky boxes with silly names (Shard, Walkie Talkie, Gherkin and Cheesegrater). London has everything in abundance and when the sun hits it 'aaaaaaah'.
My shot was always going to be an easy choice.
St. Pauls Cathedral opitimises London to me. When London burnt it stood strong amongst the fires, when all around was bombed it remained untouched and It has hosted funerals of some of the country's very best leaders and weddings to the Royals. It is a symbol that still stands out amongst the new skyline. The interior is draw droppingly beautiful, no photos are allowed inside (rightly so in my opinion), so you will have to visit for yourself. If the view from the 'Whispering Gallery' half way up doesn't get you breathless, the 528 steps to the very top certainly will, where the view is, still, in my opinion the best (and probably most overlooked) view of London, in London.
This is London, this is my 'home'.
By James Tarry