Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Thematic Photographic - Big

Carmi at Written, Inc., posts a photographic challenge each week called Thematic Photographic - this week's theme is "BIG."

The Shard seen from the Thames River
This gleaming glass tower rising up over the Southwark in London is called The Shard London Bridge. When it's finished in 2012, it will be the tallest building in the European Union.

The ancient and the modern - the medieval Southwark Cathedral and its neighbor, the Shard
It's called "The Shard" because its architect, Renzo Piano, likened it to a shard of glass. Rising up in the sky like a splinter, its glass facade and panels will reflect back the sky so that the massive tower changes as the weather changes.

Sometimes you can only get an idea of "Big" by pulling back. Here The Shard is seen from the Tower Bridge, where it rises up over London's egg-shaped City Hall.

Or back even more. From the Limehouse section of East London, The Shard is the most prominent landmark on the skyline.
Distance lends perspective. Seen here from a high building in New Cross in Southeast London, the London skyline shows The Shard and other prominent skyscrapers like The Gherkin. The still unfinished Shard tops them all - and it's still rising.


Little Nell said...

That IS big!I like the way you pull back to give perspective.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Will there be a restaurant at the top?

"We're having chardonnay on the Shard."

Karen S. said...

Oh my goodness...I had a feeling I'd be seeing one of my most favorite places in the world when and if you posted a TP for BIG! Great and stunning besides...that sky and those clouds what a perfect photo! Thanks!

Bob Scotney said...

How have I missed this. Living in the North East I had not head of the Shard. Will Prince Charles have a name for it, I wonder.
Big pictures you've given us.

theMuddledMarketPlace said...

now they are lovely shots!

Carmi said...

I love how you've told the story of this remarkable structure, from both close and afar. Kudos to the powers-that-be for making sure such uniqueness will see the light of day: Too often, architects and financiers take the easy road. Not this time!

Looks like it's not the only unique piece of architecture in London. Prince Charles is doubtless happy that things are heading in the right direction.

Big indeed!