A stunning series of images have captured
From vertiginous vantage points, James Burns has photographed the capital’s ever-changing landscape over a ten-year period.
His pictures, taken during misty dawns and electric midnight storms, capture world-famous heritage sites sitting in the shadow of skyscapers including The Shard and The Gherkin, with cranes in-situ ready to get started on the next high-rise.
Mr Burns is now showcasing his work as the decade draws to a close. He said: ‘I thought what better time to take a look back at what has been a phenomenal ten years for the skyline of our great city. Before the 2010’s began, not a great deal had changed since the turn of the millennium.
‘We all fell in love with The Gherkin but it seemed that when I was starting out, London was demolishing more high-rise buildings than it was actually building them, as 1960’s council housing tower blocks were being torn down in significant numbers.
‘When the Olympics were announced in 2005, the wheels of motion for dramatic change began to turn. Brownfield sites, industrial areas, social housing estates and old office blocks were earmarked for regeneration on a scale London hadn’t seen since the post-war housing boom.’
- The exhibition is on at The Steel Yard, London from November 19 to 21, from 12pm to 11pm.
2009-2019: As the decade draws to a close, these images show how London’s skyline has changes over a ten-year period
2019: The Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta, the official ballooning event of The City of London and the aerial extension of the historic Lord Mayor’s Show. Each year up to fifty hot air balloons take flight across central London raising awareness and funds for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal. The 2019 event launched from Battersea Park on Sunday June 9 and saw 46 hot air balloons fill London’s skyline at 5.30am, raising £76,000 for The Lord Mayor’s Appeal
2018: A somewhat less-than-typical view of St Paul’s Cathedral, surrounded by trees rather than the usual cityscape
2017: Lightning hits the City and 30 St Mary Axe – otherwise known as The Gherkin
2017: The full moon over The Gherkin, The Cheesegrater and St Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London
2017: A rainbow over the City of London. James Burns said: ‘I won’t shy away from saying that shiny new London has come at a cost though. Many Londoners this decade have been priced out of their own city and whereas the post-war housing boom saw homes built for the working class, the percentage of ‘affordable homes’ being built these days is a disgrace’
2016: Italian architect Renzo Piano’s creation, The Shard, towers 95-storeys in the Shard Quarter development – looking across the water to Canary Wharf and The City of London on the other side of the Thames
2016: Mist clearing at sunrise over the Gherkin and the Shard in the City of London
2015: A full moon over the City – showing St Paul’s, The Cheesegrater, The Gherkin and 20 Fenchurch Street
2010: The Gherkin towers above its neighbours (left) while St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey take centre stage as One Canada Square reaches 770 feet above ground level (back right)
2009: ‘Before the 2010’s began, not a great deal had changed since the turn of the millennium. We all fell in love with The Gherkin but it seemed that… London was demolishing more high-rise buildings than it was actually building them, as 1960’s council housing tower blocks were being torn down in significant numbers’