I’m lucky to live in a part of west London where it’s very easy to reach the banks of the River Thames. It’s our answer to the seaside and is a place to walk, relax, contemplate – and take photographs.
On a rare sunny day recently, I went from my house to the riverside at Hammersmith, walking a circuit that took in Barnes and Chiswick Bridge. This is an album of what caught my eye on the walk.
To follow the journey with me, click the first image
I greet the Thames at Hammersmith’s Chiswick Mall, with the sunny haze of the brewery in the distance.
Barnes Bridge takes trains and pedestrians. A piece of the industrial revolution, it has its own beauty on a bright winter’s day.
Along the north bank I encounter this massive sign for the brewery, advertising a legendary lager.
The might of the old brewery building rears up on the river path.
It’s a daunting edifice, even in its state of disuse.
Near the old brewery building stands Chiswick Bridge, its elegant sweep of stone connecting north and south.
Its stone details, caressed by the sun, are ripe pickings for the camera lens.
Beneath the bridge, it’s clear to see how wet this stormy winter has been so far.
From the bridge, a cluster of tower blocks loom on the north Thames bank under a threatening sky. Time to head back.
The fencing by the river bank have their own flair. The concrete is ridged and dashed with flint.
Back to Barnes Bridge and a view from its opposite side. This man seems entranced by the view.
Time for one last detail on my way home – a riverside railing elegantly turned, but seriously worn by weather and time.
, Barnes Bridge
, Chiswick Bridge
, river walk
, Stag Brewery
, Thames Path
, tower blocks
, west London
I do so enjoy looking at your work Mike , always a joy and inspiring to look at what is close at hand in our immediate environment in a totally different way. Hope the New year has got off to a great start for you. Regards , james
Good to hear from you, James, and many thanks as always, I appreciate your support so very much. Can’t complain about the year so far – I’m hoping it’s going to be a busy one with the camera. I trust you have a lot under your lens cap too!
Gorgeous … lucky you!
A successful outing I think! A really good selection of images, showing what you have an eye for.
Thank you very much, Dave, I appreciate that. Yes, I covered some new ground on that walk, which I find is a good way to massage some inspiration. The old brewery was quite something.
A great set of images, Mike. I love the striking colours and the interesting angles. Great work! :D
Thank you Richard! It was a good circular walk, and all within striking distance of home.