It is no secret that I am a sucker for steel-and-glass modern architecture. The more shocking, the better. In the Southbank of London, the long awaited construction of the Shard is nearing completion, with most of the scaffolding already gone and just a few cranes getting in the way.
With its whopping 310 meters tall, the Shard will become once finished the tallest building in the European Union, and the 46th tallest in the world. Mind you, almost nothing compared to all those South-East Asian or Arab Emirates behemoths, but quite impressive given the surroundings.
Needless to say, the irreverent Brits could never let this pointy thing sticking out of the river side get off with a boring name like “32 London Bridge Tower”, so it got immediately re-christened as “the glass shard” or simply “the shard”. A more adequate name quite on par with the Gherkin (close shot here), and the Razor.
Sorry for the week without updates, I went back to London for a few days and got busy with the WPO festival, maybe next time I will leave a few programmed updates or something.
Anyway, it was a very productive week in London, I got the chance to meet many nice people and get a glimpse into the world of stock photography (which I haven’t decided yet whether I will try or not), took a quick assignment thanks to which I got a free t-shirt, and used an opportunity to go practice in three amazing photo-shoots with stage models. Besides that, wandering around the south bank I met a bunch of guys performing some amazing free-running flips. All in all, I have over 2000 new photos to take care of, some of which I want to do as soon as possible, so I will postpone my series on Detroit and the US trip.
Today’s picture features one of the boat that crosses the underground river below the caves of Remouchamps, a little Belgian town in the middle of the Ardennes (not far from Liege and the German border), which I visited right the day before going back to London. As you can imagine light conditions inside a cave are kind of precarious, so it took a 4 second exposure (camera standing firmly attached to the gorilla-pod) to get a decent amount of detail on the walls. A bit of filler flash was used at the end of the exposure in order to get the boat properly exposed.
Hope you enjoy it!
Underground river in the caves of Remouchamps, in the Belgian Ardennes.