Cities

More than half of the planet's population now live in cities. The opportunities for photographs are everywhere.

glass roof

Look up and you might see a glass ceiling.

Look down and you might see a fossil in a stone floor.

However, there are real problems with photography in the city. One is pace. In cities we all speed up. You need to zone out and get down to photographers pace. Often wide views are hard to find. For panoramic images head for river bridges or tall buildings open to the public.

clouds over London

 

Timing is perhaps even more critical in cities than in countryside photography, because cities are not 'uncoditionally beautiful' in the same way that nature can be said to be.

The moment when the light hits at just the right angle and lifts an urban landscape from the blighted industrial scene to a sublime new transcendent scape is one all photographers love.

In London, head for the south end of waterloo bridge about an hour before sunset; look downstram and wait. When the monemt comes it will change your soul forever.

photograph of london at night

The temptation for many photographers is to ignore the modern and focus on the soft hues of brickwork and textures and older buildings. However modern architecture is a fertile source of arresting imagery.

valencia

The 21st century Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia is a photographers dream, and with over 220 days of sunshine per year, the odds are that you will come home with some shots to be proud of.

Best cities to photograph.

Any city is a good choice, since the variety of the possible pictures is pretty much infinite, but some cities are acknowledged as 'photographers favourites' because there are amazing views around pretty much every single corner. It needn't cost too much to visit with the great hotel deals available these days. Here is my particular favourite list of cities for photographers: