I have walked this stretch many times, and often with my camera. Each time I walk the route, there is always something to photograph – whether it’s a street performer, something new or seeing something familiar in a different way.
The Southbank Centre, and some of the adjoining buildings, often provides photographic fodder for me. The bold, and somewhat brutalist, architecture of the arts complex draws me in. While I am not always a fan of 1950s and 1960s architecture, I do like photographing it.
Often there is a certain geometry or flow to them that lends itself quite well for more artistic photographs. If all else fails, though, the brutal nature of the architecture often lends itself well to black and white photography.
Over the last decade, I have seen subtle changes to the Southbank Centre. I can imagine that there have been quite a few subtle changes since the Centre’s inception in the 1950s. Lately, arty or trendy restaurants have woven themselves into the fabric of the Centre.
Also, artworks come and go, and a white stairwell I photographed a number of years ago recently changed its colour to yellow.