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My iPhone ‘Phinger Paintings’ And Digital Mashups Are Now Available To Purchase Online As Limited Edition Prints

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26 May

Check out this extensive article in the May 2019 edition of Artfuly (sic) Magazine.

It’s on Page 54 onwards.

 

 My burgeoning catalogue on Artfuly.

Harleking (original) 20.5.19

Harleking

 

 

I’ve also got an ever-growing collection on Artboost (where you can also buy unsigned A2 prints).

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The Enigma Revelation

You can find a wide range of merchandise created from my artworks available on Pixels.com

 

Nature Boy. 20.5.19

Nature Boy

 

 

Check out my interior design page on Pinterest

1.5.18. Throwing Shade

As I’m also an Airbnb Superhost, you can stay in the etched-glass guest pod in my loft apartment and I’ll show you how I create my iPhone ‘phinger paintings’ in person!

 

Minimal May Be (original) 19:5:19

Minimal Maybe

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Maximal Maybe Two

Dotcommunism

7 Feb

A visual blog of digital art works created by Steve Swindells on his iPhone SE, featuring dots, circles and a curated journey (that was deliberately ironic) of pixellation.

 

A. Pixel Painting 1RS

A Pixel Painting

 

Autumn Circles Fallingss

Autumn Circles Falling

 

 

Cafe Culture.jpg

Cafe Culture

 

Damaged Goods.jpg

Damaged Goods

 

Dot Dot Comss

Dot Coms

 

\Flower Circles.jpg

Flower Circles

 

Flower dots too.jpg

Flower Dots Too

 

Flower Dots.jpg

Flower dots

 

Flowershop dot com.jpg

Flower Shop Dot Com

 

 

Gay Ghetto.jpg

Gay Ghetto

 

Impressionist Rain.jpg

Impressionist Rain

 

Lillywhites.jpg

Lillywhites

 

Lumiere

 

Lumiere

 

Me Myself And Iss

Me Myself And I

 

Nana Dot Com Tooss.jpg

 

Nana Dot Com Too

 

Open-mouthed.jpg

 

Open-mouthed

 

 

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Red Red White White

 

Red, white, navy and white. Street Photography

 

Red White Navy And White

 

Self Pixtrait

 

Self Pixtrait

 

Selfie-analysis.jpg

 

Selfie-analysis

 

Sociable Housing

 

Sociable Housing

 

Swans And The Serpentine Summer Pavilion

 

Swans And The Summer Pavilion

 

the Golden Temple

 

The Golden Temple

 

 

The Parakeets Of Hyde Park.jpg

 

The Parakeets Of Kensington Gardens

 

The Windmills Of My Mind.jpg

 

The Windmills Of My Mind

 

 

Towers.jpg

 

Towers

 

Valentine Vision Free

Vision Free

 

Valentine Vision Too.jpg

 

Valentine Too

 

Valentine Vision.jpg

 

Valentine Vision

 

 

7.2.18 A Dotcommunist From The End Of The Fucking World

The Dotcommunist Actress From ‘The End Of The Fucking World’

 

7.2.18 Photo Shoot

Photo Shoot At Rancho Deluxe

7.2.18 Waiting For The Fall

Waiting For The Fall

 

7.2.18. Lady With Light

 

Lady With A Light

19. 2.18 Freedom Bar Dot Com

Freedom Bar Dot Com

19.2.18 Elementary, My Dear Dotcommunist!

Elementary, My Dear Dotcommunist

19.2.18. Tunnel Vision

Tunnel Vision

All images created on the iPhone SE © Steve Swindells

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mashups And Montages

23 Oct

Midcentury mash-up

Mid-century Mashup

 

 

A collection of digitally enhanced images, created using various apps, from photos taken on my iPhone SE and processed in Instagram, then up-pixellated using the iResize app on my Mac Pro.

 

I present them in no particular order.  They have, however, all been created within the last three years. If you see a hypertexted title, it means there’s an original song by your’s truly, or my alter-ego Thom Topham, for you to have a listen to – so headphones or speakers ON!

Giant DogRS

Giant Jack Russell

 

 

Lightbulb MomentRS

Lightbulb Moment

 

 

Urban Fall

Urban Fall

 

Thought Bubbles

Thought Bubbles

 

Canal Sunsets

Canal Sunsets

 

 

Honeycombe Holiday

Honeycombe Holiday

 

Eternal Flame

Eternal Flame

 

Hope and fabric roll mashupaw

Hope And Fabric

The A Team

The A Team

 

Just Be You TifulRS

Just Be You Tiful

 

Lily Rose Shard

Lily Rose Shard

 

Most- Poderm Mashup Nov 15thMU

Most-Podern

 

Self Pixtrait

Self Pixtrait

 

OnRS

On

 

 

 

Retro Graphic MashupRS

Retro-graphic

 

 

 

 

Rotunda Flower

Flowering Rotunda

 

The Windmills Of My Mind

The Windmills Of My Mind

 

 

City Scopes

City Scopes

 

Soho Light

Soho Lights And Sights

 

Patterns Of Xavier

Patterns Of Xavier

 

Whistable Wonders

Whitstable Wonders

 

 

Olympic park

Olympic Park

 

 

Hello Habibi

Hello Habibi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tales Of The City

Trails Of The City

 

 

Industrial BouquetRS

Industrial Bouquet

 

 

Black Dog Kiss Meaw

Black Dog

 

Allies And Alleysaw

Allies and Alleys

 

 

 

Serge In The South MashupRS

Serge In The South

 

 

 

Bouguet Of Barbed Wire

Bouquet Of Barbed Wire

 

 

 

Shard GardensRS

Shard Gardens

 

 

 

 

Swimming In Wine

Swimming In Wine

 

Brutalism And Bouquets

 

Brutalism And Bouquets

 

The Lady InBlack Alleyaw

The Lady In Black Alley

 

Carnaby Christmas Lights Mashupaw

Shining Star (a time of love)

 

 

Eyelights fused with autumn tree

Autumn Eyelights

 

Floating GardenRS

Floating Garden

 

 

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Hooks, Lines And Sinkers

A train Runs Through ItRS

A Train Runs Through It

 

 

 

Yes. Oct 9th 2017

The Keeper Of The KeysOh My God

 

 

 

 

Will PillsRS

WILL

 

 

 

 

Floral StreetRS

Floral Street

 

 

 

 

The Waiting Womb Of Paddington Bare

The Waiting Womb

 

 

Urban SplashRS

Urban Splash

 

 

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Junction Conjunction

 

 

B1. Sky Faces

Blue Sky Thinking

 

 

 

Beauty - Polignano a Mare mashup

Beauty And The Beach

 

 

City In In The Sunset SkyRS

Watching The Lights

 

 

 

 

Cabbage Patch Doll

Cabbage Patch Doll

CU (Creartive Union)

Creative Union

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fating For The WallRS

Fating For The Wall

 

 

 

High

High And Dry

Flowerdots2. 30.1.17IS

Flowerdots

IS

IS

 

Abdul Leaf It Out

Leaf It Out

 

 

Tales Of The City

Trails of The City

 

 

HO

HO

 

 

Flowerdotstoo. 30.1.17IS

Flowerdots Too

 

 

 

Flowers In The Alleyig

Flowers In The Alley

 

 

 

 

Flowershop mashup collage. 30.1.17 IS

Floral Tribute

 

 

 

Flowershopdotcom. 30.1.17IS

Flowershop Dot Com

 

 

 

Justice TowerRS

Justice For Grenfell

 

 

 

 

 

NCY Flower MontageRS

Flower N’ Power

 

 

 

Michael In MashupRS

Michael Mashup

 

 

Orchids And CyclistRS

Orchids And Cyclist

 

 

 

Mixed-up MediaRS

Mixed (up) Media

 

 

 

 

Purple rein collageRS

Purple Reign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Oak Lane Exit MashupRS

Old Oak Lane Exit

 

 

 

Amy's Empty Winehousess

 

 

 

Autumn Circles Fallingss

Autumn Circles Falling

 

 

Crossdressingss

Cross Dressing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flower In The Atticss

Flower In The Attic

 

 

 

Me Myself And Iss

Me Myself And I

 

 

 

Nana Dot Com Tooss

Nana Dot Com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seasonal Cycles. 11.9.16ss

Seasonal Cycles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sky's The LimitRS

The Sky’s The Limit

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tower Of flowersRS

Tower Of Flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X. Pixel painting 2RS

Pixel Painting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y. Melded MashupRS

Melded Montage

 

 

 

 

 

12.7.18. Mastaba Mashup

Mastaba Mashup

I hired a rowing boat at the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park, where Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s magnificent masterpiece domintates the lake, and took several photographs.

12.7.18. The Wonder of Wild Flowers

The Wonder Of Wild Flowers

14.3.18 Cornish Dream

Cornish Dream

14.3.18. Centrepoint Customised

Centrepoint Customised

14.3.18 Digital Arch

Digital Arch

14.3.18 Horses For Courses - More Soho Stories

Horses For Courses – More Soho Stories

14.3.18. A Digital Kiss On Parliament Hill

Together

14.3.18. Bouquet Behind Liberty

A Bouquet Behind Liberty

14.3.18. Gay Ghetto

Gay Ghetto

14.3.18. Skywalkers

Sky Walkers

14.3.18. Snow Globe Mashup

Snow Globe

14.3.18. The Lady In The Tower

The Lady In The Tower

16.1.18. Matera Montage

Matera Montage

16.4.18. Digital Vertical Distraction

Digital Vertical Distraction

18.5.18 Lo-fi Flowers Mashup

Low-fi Flowers

18.5.18. Yellow Hip Pop Art Mashup

Yellow Hip-Pop Art

26.4.18. Cafe culture 2 mashup

Cafe Culture

 

26.4.18. FLoral Junction. Mashup

 

Floral Junction

 

26.4.18. Flowers And Towers Mashup

Towers And Flowers

 

26.4.18. Midcentury Mood Mashup

Mid-century Mood

26.4.18. Heaven's Gate. Mashup

 

Heaven’s Gate

26.4.18. Psychedelic Station

Psychedelic Station

23.7.18. The Garden Of Earthly Delights

The Garden Of Earthly Delights

 

23.7.18. Flower Boy.jpg

Flower Boy

 

 

All images, words and music © Steve Swindells. All rights reserved. October 2017.

 

 

 

2014 Revisted Via My Old iPhone 4S (which died). Part 1.

28 Aug

The title speaks for itself.

This is most definitely a photo blog, but I will probably feel moved to comment on pics in passing.

I’m writing this in the early house Bank Holiday Monday in N.W London. The stragglers from Carnival are still dribbling by on this sultry, late summer night. I just had a joint on the balcony, accompanied by a V&T. So I’m feeling creative, having just up-pixellated (I think I invented that word) all these pics using the iResize App.

2014 was an interesting year. In August, I’d literally moved-up-in-the-world (to an even better loft apartment in the same complex but one floor up!) and had a brief but wonderful autumn holiday in Barcelona with my mum (aged 86 at the time), Mike, Sylvie and Thibault Swindells, and my teen nephew Leon Bahar. I also released my pretty-damn-rocky album The Hanging Baskets Of Babylon (why not click to listen to it, as you peruse the pics?), which is available to stream and download on all the usual digital suspects. Most of it is collaborative,  with some cool high-caliber American musicians: Jay Tausig, Ralf Lenz and former Captain Beefheart (yes really!) drummer Robert Williams, amongst others.

I’m just going to post the photos in the order that they appear in the desktop file.

10. Sainsbury's homebase, Finchley roadRS

Ten

 

Abandoned Morrocan PouffeRS.jpg

Abandoned Morrocan Pouf

 

Grand Union Canal Towpath, Harlesden.

Allotment ArtichokeRS

Allotment Artichokes

Bath.

 

Arches - Parc El Clot, BarcaRS

Arches

 

Parc Del Clot, Barcelona.

 

Autumn glory - Roundwood ParkRS

Autumn Glory

 

Roundwood Park, Harlesden.

 

B4 it's BegunRS

B4 It’s Begun

 

Elephant and Castle.  These bleak and strangely evocative subways no longer exist.

 

Barcelona From Parc GuelRS

Park Guell

 

The view of Barcelona from Gaudi’s surreal,  pleasure garden is quite breathtaking. You can see the scaffolding around the towers of his ever-evolving masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, in the centre of the pic. It looks like the great man also invented ‘upcycling’ with his imaginative and creative re-use of broken crockery.  Mind you, he probably broke it on purpose.

 

Barcelona MarinaRS

Marina Marinara

Barcelonetta.

 

Barcelona Metro StationRS

Metro Windows

Barcelona.

 

BarchitectureRS

Barchitecture

Barcelona is full of architectural and visual contrasts and surprises at every corner. It’s such a great walking city too. And there are cable cars, a funicular railway and even escalators (up to Park Guell) to help with the hills.

 

Billy Fury wayRS

Billy Fury Way

 

I find this so evocative. It’s over the road from West Hampstead Overground Station.

 

Canal Wharf. JPGRS

Wharf

 

Grand Union canal. Harlesden.

 

Cat And Tiger Bike. NCYRS

Hidden Tiger, Surpised Cat

 

I found the kid’s tiger bike in the street. I thought one of my neighbour’s children would appreciate its retro, wooden charms. JJ, my wonderful cat (he passed earlier this year aged 19) looked somewhat taken aback by this territorial intruder.

 

Cawsand BayRS

Lemon Grey Horizon

Cawsand Bay, Cornwall.

Chiswick Mall SunsetRS

Chiswick Mall Sunset

 

 

Cool Venue, Hackney WickRS

Hipster Hangout, Hackney Wick

 

 

Damnation Alley, West HampsteadRS

Damnation Alley

West Hampstead.

 

 

Derelict 50s Building, Hammersmith BridgeRS

Derelict Sunset Reflection

A beautiful 50s block overlooking Hammersmith Bridge which has since been demolished (criminal!) to make way for yet more tiny, anodine, dreary unaffordable apartments (with river views) and no architectural merit whatsover.

 

Dining Afloat Alfresco. BathRS

Alfresco Dining Afloat

 

What a cool invention – that’s the first time I’ve seen such a sliding/canvas roof thing! Sydney Gardens, Bath.

 

Diversity At summer Rites, Tobacco DockRS

Diversity

 

Summer Rites.  Tobacco Dock.

 

 

Ella Ella TooRS.jpg

Ella Ella Ey

Soho.

 

 

End Less. SohoRS

End Less

 

Soho.

 

 

Film Crew. Poundstretcher HarlsdenRS

Save

 

A TV interview with… a homeless woman? A drug abuser? Or maybe both. Outside Poundstretcher in Harlesden.

 

Fox In The Hood. ladbroke GroveRS

You lookin’ at ME?

A fox in a derelict site by the canal at Ladbroke Grove.

 

Framed landscape. BathRS

You’ve Been Framed

The view from Mike and Sylvie Swindells’ terrace in Larkhall, Bath. Thom Topham is my Bowie-esque alter-ego.  Double album coming soon.

 

 

Gaudi's Park Guel GatehouseRS

Park Guell Gatehouse

Barcelona.

 

 

Happy Selfie. SS & LexRS

Happy Daze

 

Me and Lex on holiday in Kingsand, Cornwall in May 2014.

All photos © Steve Swindells.  Part 11 coming soon.

 

 

The Towers Of London (Part 1)

11 Aug

A Photo Blog   Canon EOS 30D. GoProHero3BE.  iPhone4S and iPhoneSE (using the Camera Plus Pro app and Instagram).  Cover design and graphics by Steve Swindells Here’s my ambient instrume…

Source: The Towers Of London (Part 1)

The Towers Of London (Part 1)

11 Aug

A Photo Blog

 

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Canon EOS 30D. GoProHero3BE.  iPhone4S and iPhoneSE (using the Camera Plus Pro app and Instagram).

 Cover design and graphics by Steve Swindells

Here’s my ambient instrumental multi-track album The Enigma Elevations for your listening enjoyment to accompany the photos.  I recorded this on my Korg T2 in the late 1980s.

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The Shard Seen From Tooley Street. Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells

On Saturday July 16th 2016, the weather forecast was good (although you wouldn’t think so from the ominous-looking clouds swirling around the ever-photogenic Shard in the photo above) so I decided to set off on a photographic odyssey, capturing not just tall buildings, but London towers of every description. I started off from London Bridge then headed down the beguilingly beautiful Bermondsey Street (the White Cube Gallery is awesome, but doesn’t count as a tower) taking pics of The Shard – designed by starchitect Renzo Piano – from various angles on my three cameras. The GoPro was a recent gift (thanks so much Abdul) and the quality really has blown me away – it’s tiny and looks like a toy, but certainly is not. It shoots great video too. My iPhone 4S recently died on me, so I was forced to buy a new one.  I’d seen good reviews of the iPhoneSE and had noted that it was smaller and cheaper than the 6S, so I piled yet more pressure on my credit cards and took the plunge. The quality of the lens is quite amazing – as you will see in the next photo.

A Shard Day’s Night. iPhoneSE © Steve Swindells

I suppose I could have done the obvious thing and payed the outrageous sum of £28 to go to the viewing platform on top of The Shard, but I suffer terribly from vertigo – it actually makes my legs hurt really badly and I get really dizzy – so that wasn’t an option. One thing is for sure – it’s a breathtakingly beautiful building and truly iconic and sculptural.  Truly a thing of wonder.

 

 

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20. Tooley Street. GoProHero3BE © Steve Swindells

 

 

 

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A Shard Community. Bermondsey.  Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells

I bought this excellent camera – complete with a 50mm lens – for £600 from a close friend in 2003, or thereabouts. He’d been a bit of a pop star and was constantly upgrading his ‘geek gear’.

 

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House Of Shard. Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells

 

 

 

 

 

Modern Architecture On Tooley StGlass And Steel.  iPhoneSE © Steve Swindells

 

 

 

 

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Spikes. GoProHer3BE © Steve Swindells

 

 

 

 

Shard Hats Obligatory

Shard Hats Obligatory. iPhoneSE © Steve Swindells

 

 

 

Ain’t No Stoppin’Us Now. iPhoneSE ©Steve Swindells

 

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Behind City Hall. GoProHero3BE © Steve Swindells

 

 


 

 

 

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A Cluster Of Towers In The City Of London. Taken from Bankside, on the Southern side of The River Thames.  Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells

 

 

 

 

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Tower Bridge Hen Party. GoProHero3BE © Steve Swindells.  July 2016.

 

 

 

 

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Tower Bridge From The Dancing Fountains. Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells

 

 

 

 

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Cruising The Tower Of London. Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells

 

 

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Two Towers Of London And City Hall. GoProHer3BE © Steve Swindells

 

Shard Visions

Shard Visions. iPhoneSE © Steve Swindells

 

 

 

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Golden Tower. Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells

 

 

 

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Houseboats by Tower Bridge. The campaigning MP Jo Cox, who was brutally murdered in her Yorkshire constituency, lived here with her family. The towers Of Canary Wharf Are On The Horizon. Canon EOS 30D

 

 

The housing and architecture on the South Bank of the Thames as you head towards the dramatic architectural statements of Canary Wharf are quite dull and muted.  Mostly dreary 80s stuff with some warped and tired vernaculars going on. But the warehouses and their residential and office (or live-work) conversions in Rotherhithe are mostly quite spectacular. But where are the shops? A lovely old lady (a bit central-casting to be honest) was leaning on the wall above the river looking kind-of wistful. She must have been in her late 70s and was wearing way too much make-up.  She’d seen me taking pics – and had asked why I was doing that. ‘Just because I want to.’ I’d replied. Apropos of nothing she pointed back behind us and stated: ‘That’s my balcony’. It was on the first floor of an ugly 80s block and had a magnificent view across the river to Wapping. She must have read my green-fingered mind and said: ‘The plants are all fake, so much easier my dear.’

I surmised that this was social housing, and that she’d been rehoused when all the initial Docklands development had started in the 1980s.  But I figured it would have been churlish to ask for the details. Then I suggested: ‘It must be wonderful living with that amazing view!’

She replied: ‘Well, love, once you’ve seen it once, it doesn’t mean a thing.’  Then she added kind-of sadly , pointing across the river towards Wapping: ‘I grew up there love, everyone worked in the docks.

‘The main reason that you don’t like living here is the lack of shops.  Am I right?’

‘Spot on, my darlin’.’ Said the old lady, with a slightly plaintive wink.

 

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Towers Of Power. Looking Back Towards The City From Rotherhithe. Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells

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Tower Bridge Between Two Towers. Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells

 

 

 

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A Cantilevered Living Room In An Art Deco-influenced Apartment Block In Rotherhithe. Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells

 

 

 

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Heavy Metal. Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells

 

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Canary Wharf From Across The River. CanonEOS 30D © Steve Swindells.

I jumped on a bus to Canada Water and took the Jubilee Line To West Hampstead, then the Overground to Willesden Junction, five minutes from where I live in central Harlesden.

The following day, which was hot and sunny, I decided to journey deep into the heart of the beast known as Canary Wharf (which is incidentally now owned by a Qatari property company, aka the Royal Family).

 

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Canary Wharf From The DLR. iPhone SE © Steve Swindells

 

 

Inside Canary Wharf Tube Station

Canary Wharf Underground Station. iPhone SE © Steve Swindells

Arguably, the most beautiful tube station on the entire TFL network. The architects were Norman Forter & Partners and it opened in 1999.

 

 

 

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‘Insider Trading’

#1 Canada Square from the shopping mall below.  GoProHero3BE © Steve Swindells

 

 

 

 

 

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The Lobby Of #1 Canada Square (the one with the pyramid on top) at Canary Wharf. GoProHero3BE © Steve Swindells.  July 2016.

A security guard was approaching me in a somewhat challenging fashion and trying to engage me in conversation. A power-dressed elderly woman who was sitting nearby in the lobby pointed out: ‘The security guard wishes to speak to you’.  I shrugged my shoulders and said ‘How dreary. I know I’ve got a bit of a tan, but do I really look that Middle-Eastern?’ And strolled off purposefully, pointing my camera upwards, as if to find its weak points, or more accurately, its architectural details.

 

 

 

 

 

JP MOrgan Tower Canary Wharf

Bridge Tower. iPhone SE © Steve Swindells. July 2016.

It would seem that a ‘street artist’ has been commissioned to make a ‘gr0ovy’ design on the DLR bridge beneath The JP Morgan tower.  How unintentionally  ironic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Escape From #1 Canada Square.  GoProHero3BE © Steve Swindells July 2016.

 

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Reflections On Canary Wharf. iPhoneSE © Steve Swindells.  July 2016.

 

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Skyscrapin’ Blues.  #GoProHero3BE © Steve Swindells July 2016.

 

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#1 Canada Square From Beneath.  Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells July 2016.

 

 

 

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Be The Fastest.  #GoPreHero3BE © Steve Swindells July 2016.

#OlympicChampBolt #VirginMedia #Capital #ism #City #TheTowersOfLondonBlog

 

 

 

 

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Facade

Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells

 

 

 

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Canary Wharf Cluster

#GroProHero3BE © Steve Swindells July 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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U Tube

I have dubbed this nearly-completed tower thus as I have no idea what its name is. I believe that it will be a residential tower. It cuts quite a swathe on Canary Wharf already.

Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells July 2016.

 

 

 

 

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Canary Wharf Tube Station

GoProHero3BE © Steve Swindells. July 2016

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Sculpture-Scrapers

GoProHero3BE © Steve Swindells July 2016.

 

 

The next day, the weather was again really beautiful, with a very special ‘light’, so I decided to take the overground train just a few stops to Hampstead Heath, from where it’s a short, uphill walk to take in the stunning view of London. I did take a few pics on my three cameras, but decided that just one would suffice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Towers Of London From Parliament Hill

The Towers Of London From Parliament Hill. iPhoneSE © Steve Swindells. July 2016.

 

 

The following day was bright and sunny as I set off to Greenwich, taking The Tube to Bank, then the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) to Greenwich Cutty Sark , where I tried to get a seat in the front of the driverless train (So I could pretend, as usual, that I was driving), but it was too busy. So I pulled my Canon out of my bag and went to the doors, brushing by a scruffy-looking man with a rucksack on his back. ‘You’re trying to get in my bag!’ He suddenly yelled, evidently drunk (it was about 2pm).  ‘Don’t be ridiculous!’ I shouted, as people in the packed carriage looked rather worried.  I pointed to my camera, which I was holding towards the window and stated: ‘See, CAMERA, WINDOW… oh, and by the way, your bag is open.’ Several bottles of wine were pretruding from it. He continued to rant, slurring his words, this time about people posthing photos on the intherneth withouth permissionth.  I decided I’d had enough and got off at the next station to grab some shots,  then jump on the next train.

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Chimney And Towers. Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells July 2016

 

 

 

 

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Canary Wharf (And The Dome Of The Greenwich Foot Tunnel) From The Cutty Sark. Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells July 2016

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Towering Contrasts. Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells July 2016

I headed for the park in the glorious sunshine after a light al fresco lunch in a funky cafe.

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The Maritime Museum And Canary Wharf From Greenwich Park. Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells July 2016

 

 

 

The Towers Of London From Greenwich Observatory

Getting Higher! iPhone SE © Steve Swindells 2016

 

 

 

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Meantime… Sunny Selfie At The Observatory. GoProHero3 © Steve Swindells

 

 

 

 

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The Easterly Aspect From The Observatory. Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells

 

 

 

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Enjoying The View And The Sunshine. Canon EOS 30d © Steve Swindells July 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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Coming Down – Behind The Observatory. GoProHero3BE © Steve Swindells 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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Coming Back Through Canary Wharf DLR Station. Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells July 2016

 

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Train-driving Photographer! GoProHero3BE © Steve Swindells July 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ghost Train. Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells July 2016. Note the architect Goldfinger’s stumpier version of  Notting Hill’s Trellick Tower (see below) on the right.  Apologies to the mystery woman whose reflection I inadvertantly captured. 

 

 

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Goldfinger’s iconic Trellick Tower. GoProHero3BE © Steve Swindells June 2016.

 

Coming back from Greenwich, I emerged from the DLR station at Bank (literally The Bank Of England) into the  heart of The City Of London, The Capital’s financial hub, which really is an architectural treasure trove.  Contrasts sums it up in one word.  Narrow streets and alleys now mere footnotes to the ever-growing cluster of towers looming above them. My undoubted favourite is Richard Roger’s Lloyd’s Building, the modernist daddy of them all, with its sinuous curves and exposed ducts and fire escapes.  Early evening, then sunset, on a gloriously sunny summer day, proved to be the perfect setting in which these ruling Towers Of London could strut their stuff.

 

TIme And The Walkie Talkie

It’s Walkie-Talkie Time! iPhoneSE © Steve Swindells

 

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The ‘Cheese Grater’ Resplendent In The Evening Sunshine. Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells

 

 

 

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The Cheese Grater Stands Out From The Crowd. GoProHere3BE © Steve Swindells July 2016

 

 

 

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It’s Not Cheesey At All – it Grrrrreat! Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells July 2016

 

 

 

 

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Smashing The Blue Ceiling! iPhoneSE © Steve Swindells 2016

Check out this amazingly detailed  and well-presented piece from The Guardian Online on the bevy of bold new towers being built in The City.

 

 

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Towers Of Steel and Glass. Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells July 2016

The title above the above photo is a quoted lyrical slice from ‘Turn It On Turn It Off’,  from my second album ‘Fresh Blood’  which was released on Atco/WEA worldwide in 1980. It reached #3 in the US airplay charts in its second week of release.

Turn It On Turn It Off

And here are the lyrics from the rather romantically crumpled inner sleeve of my only  vinyl copy of Fresh Blood.

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‘Turn It On Turn It Off’ lyrics. Inner sleeve of ‘Fresh Blood vinyl 1980 photographed lit by cheap torch from Poundland. iPhoneSE © Steve Swindells. 28. 7. 16

IMG_8216The Lloyd’s Building By Richard Rogers 

 Opened by The Queen in 1986, it received a Grade 1 listing in 2011, the youngest-ever building to achieve this status – and well deserved IMHO. I captured it at the perfect time on a beautiful summer’s evening –  it’s sinuous curves and famous inside-out innards (known architecturally as bowellism) glowing gold  as the sun began to go down.

One of my all-time favourite buildings in London.

Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells July 2015.

 

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Gold And Silver. The Lloyd’s building and The adjacent Willis Building jostle for visual supremacy. You can catch a glimpse of The Gherkins in between.  iPhoneSE © Steve Swindells July 2015.

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The Frieze Above The Entrance To The Lloyd’s Building

This is all that remains of the original Lloyd’s building. Personally, I love the dramatic and rather cheeky contrast.

Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells July 2015.

 

 

 

 

Roger, Over And Out

Roger(s), Over And Out     

The ‘Walkie-talkie’ dwarfs The Lloyd’s Building in its curvaceous shadow.

iPhoneSE © Steve Swindells July 2015.

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The Cheese Grater towers over the gilded galleries of the ancient Leadenhall Market in the heart of The City, which is now home to upmarket bars, restaurants and retail outlets, encouraging the city fat cats to part with their annual bonuses.

#GoProHero3BE © Steve swindells 2016.

 

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A pink balloon is trapped in the rooflight of the magnificent central atrium of Leadenhall Market. iPhoneSE © Steve Swindells 2016.

 

 

 

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The Gherkin And A Pendant

Designed by Norman Foster and The Arup Group and opened in 2004. Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells July 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Steel

Blue Steel                                                                                                      

The ‘Cheese Grater’ and its towering neighbour, subtly reflecting the Lloyd’s Building.

iPhoneSE © Steve Swindells July 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tower 42

Silver Sculpture And Tower 42

Originally known as The NatWest Tower, this was designed by Richard Seifert, whose practice also designed Centre Point (coming later) and was also opened by her Maj, in 1981. Standing 183 metres tall, It was the first of the City Of London’s mega-towers but will soon  have a plethora of towering young pretenders raining on its parade.

iPhoneSE © Copyright Steve Swindells July 2016.

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I hear there’s a very good Sushi restaurant at the top of Tower 42! Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells 2016.

 

 

 

 

The Monument

A Plane Flies over The Monument In The Golden Sunlight

iPhoneSE © Steve Swindells

This slender tower is a monument to the Great Fire of London and is 202 ft (62 m) tall and 202 ft from the spot in Pudding Lane where the Great Fire started on 2 September 1666. An elegant Doric column topped with a gilded urn of fire, it was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke and opened in 1677.  311 narrow, winding steps take visitors to the top. It could perhaps be described as the 17th Century forerunner to The Shard’s somewhat loftier viewing platform.

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The Gilded Urn of Fire Atop The Monument

Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells

I head South out of The City Of London and cross back over the river to Bankside in the vibrant evening light.

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Tower Bridge Shimmers Magnificently As I walk over London Bridge

Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Game Of Shards

The Inevitable Return Of The Shard iPhoneSE © Steve Swindells 2016.

 

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A Tale Of Two Towers – The Shard And Southwark Cathedral

Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells 2016

 

 

 

 

The Golden Hind

Tower 42 Glimpsed Beneath The Rigging Of The Golden Hind

iPhoneSE © Steve Swindells 2016

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A Trio Of City Towers And The Golden Hind 

Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells

 

                                            Time For A Sundowner?  Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells 2016

                               

No Busking

The Tower Of The Tate Modern Gallery

iphoneSE © Steve Swindells

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Sunset Sillhouettes On The Millennium Bridge

iPhoneSE © Steve Swindells 2016

Walking Across The Millennium Bridge At Sundown

St Paul’s – And Pedestrians On The Millennium Bridge In The Golden Hour

iPhoneSE © Steve Swindells 2016

 

 

 

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The Switch House And Some Rich Houses!

 

 

 

 

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It Is What It Says On The Tin – The Oxo Tower

 

 

 

 

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Sunset Reflections

 

 

 

 

Sunset Towers

Eastward Ho! The Lights will Soon Come On –  All  four of the above taken on my Canon EOS 30D © Steve Swindells 2016.

 

 

 

Streetlamp Sunset

Streetlamp At Sunset – iPhoneSE.  All photos © Steve Swindells 2016 .  All rights Reserved.  Part II coming soon…

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