Looking for the perfect empty shot
I’ve been spending a lot of time in the more touristy areas of London over the last few months. I haven’t been able to avoid them. Note to self: don’t try to walk across Westminster Bridge between 10am and 10pm and avoid The Globe around 2pm when all the school parties are going in.
One place that you can actually walk across is Horse Guards Parade. It’s so large that there’s enough room for everyone. And at night it’s one of the only truly dark places in London. Walking across, you get a sense of what London must have been like before electric light when you can’t see to put one foot in front of the other.
And when you’ve finally made it across the gravel of Horse Guards Parade without falling over, you get this wonderfully atmospheric view back through the arches of Horse Guards to the Guards’ Memorial. And then turn round to find a lone soldier from the Household Cavalry at the entrance gate. (There are usually a couple inside the gates too.)
The light makes for a very atmospheric photo – if only you could get one without tourists in it!
If you wait long enough, you might get a shot:
with just a few tourists in.
Or even just 1 tourist:
And then just when you think you’ve been waiting long enough to get just the right shot:
But at least it’s iconic!
And eventually all that waiting pays off:
And it’s all worth it.