For one week in London, there was a strange, striking light reaching into the sky after dark. You could see it clearly for miles around.
This was an artistic installation to coincide with the centenary of World War One by Ryoji Ikeda which was placed close to the Houses of Parliament. We joined the many Londoners who visited the source of the spectral column – 49 searchlights accompanied by a haunting, minimalist soundtrack.
Our visit was accompanied by heavy rain, which I though would ruin the chance to take photographs. But of course the lights picked up the deluge and created a wonderful spectacle. I even allowed my camera to get a little wet.
All the visitors wandered around in awe at the light piercing into the sky, unfazed by the downpour. There was an eerie sense that they had gathered to be lifted up by extraterrestrials.
When the light was turned off, it was missed. This was something special.