A moment or two by the river paints a picture that is by its nature a slow-paced affair – boats drift by in both directions seemingly with all the time in the world and no particular destination, a gentle rhythm out of sync in this restless city.
Spend an hour looking at the river and time seems to speed up as if trying to match the pace of the city, the fast blue and white clippers seem suddenly everywhere and the pleasure boats packed to the brim bustle by leaving behind trails of sound and laughter. Huge cruise liners and navy ships pulled by tugs put in on occasion to add scale to the speed boats and kayaks that skim precariously about in their wake.
With London Bridge / Shard at its centre the “One Hour” project looks to cover a 2Km stretch of the Thames from Tower Bridge to Blackfriars with a series of just two huge panoramic images taken from each side of the river. The focus of the project was to look at the local area and create a time based portrait that captures the vibe and activity of the region which makes it so exciting.
Using time based techniques the images were created to reflect the amount and variety of river traffic that flows past them by including all the passenger and recreational vessels as well as the freight tugs and other commercial craft that go past in one hour. Designed to give the viewer a real sense of the vitality and pace on this busy stretch of the Thames this project offers a comprehensive visual narrative of the extraordinary diversity of vessels that go past this stretch of river.
The image featuring London Bridge and the Tower of London was taken around 10 a.m. on a Sunday just as the river began to wake up and its usual traffic began to make an appearance. The second image featuring the Shard was taken on a weekday but just one hour later, and what a difference – peak time with the summer buzz in full swing!
The versatility of the two lenses I used for the project; the SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports lens and the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art lens, were perfect for creating these two complex images and the resolution afforded by the SIGMA sd Quattro H was ideal for for capturing the detail needed to create the eight-meter long prints – the two large panoramic images are made up from stitching together around 100 high-resolution separate images for each panoramic. The north-facing image was taken from the Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard at level 52, and the south-facing image was taken from the Sky Pod Bar on level 35.