Don’t be fooled by the brash, cheerful red of the phone booth at Tynemouth on the north-east coast of England. It was a dank and overcast day, too wet for photography at first.
This is a place where Newcastle’s River Tyne flows into the North Sea, and is marked by piers and lighthouses on both sides. Against a misty, grey sky it cuts a dramatic sight with the muted captures holding their own strength. Meanwhile, the only colour came from a series of tokens and tributes tied to the railings near North Pier.
A little further up the coast lies Whitley Bay, a slightly faded seaside resort. Towards the end of the day, some light was breaking through, acting as a backdrop to coastal street furniture and a few hardy walkers.
When I go back, I hope to see this area basking in summer sunshine and beaming under a cobalt blue sky.
Greenwich in London is a remarkable concentration of architectural riches. In a small area you can visit the splendour of the Queen’s House, a handsome pile of majestic columns, crowned with the beautiful swirl of the Tulip Stairs.
It’s just a short walk away to the commanding site of the Old Royal Naval College, with its domed Painted Hall and fabulously intricate chapel. These gems may be full of the grandeur of old, but with symmetry and pure lines of their contemporary successors. A photographer’s joy.
And thanks to Cindy Eve of 3 Days in London for recommending the trek to this popular corner of the city.
If you want to see London in all its glory, then you have to climb up high. A favoured vantage point is on the hill above Greenwich, home of the world-famous observatory. And that’s exactly what it is. A place to see a grand sweep of the city and a large bend in the River Thames, from the mighty Shard to the City. The bristling of Docklands’ corporate skyscrapers is just across the way. And if you’re blessed with a crystal blue sky, then all the better.