The camera never lies… Or does it !?!?…

Properly Pickled…

This is a pretty unique view in the heart of London with the mix of old and ultra modern architecture all in one place… The building you see in the background is 30 St Mary Axe, which is more famously known as “The Gherkin”, hence the title… It’s in the main financial district of London, and the view you see here “may” have been shot by accidentally sneaking in to a private gated area, just off of Bishopsgate… Well the gate might have been unlocked, and I may have slipped and ended up on the wrong side of the fence… but hey… if no one saw me, then it never happened… :)

Apologies for being very scarce on here of late, but things have been rather insane to say the least….

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28 responses

  1. excellent photo and excellent pic. I also posted one on London’s Contrast, from ultra modern to ultra old. It’s great for photographers.

    October 5, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    • Thank so much, it certainly is a great place to wander around with a camera…

      October 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm

  2. Well, if the gate was unlocked….. ;-)
    I love this photo! The lighting (perfect amount of light), the lack of people, all the different textures and details… just perfect.

    October 5, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    • Yeah I think it may have been its “lack” of public access that scared *ahem* most people off… lol.. Thanks Michaela…

      October 8, 2010 at 4:27 pm

  3. aswirly

    Accidentally? Ha, don’t think so. I know your ways ;) Very cool view FS, and you rocked it in black and white!

    October 6, 2010 at 12:06 am

    • Hey !!… It WAS accidental… As if you’d EVER catch me somewhere I shouldn’t be… ;)

      October 8, 2010 at 4:27 pm

  4. haha funny story and a great title too. Lovely perspective and tones – nice!

    October 6, 2010 at 12:53 am

  5. I agree with Michaela, if the gate was unlocked, they must have wanted you to come take pictures! Quite interesting to see all those cool textures in one place. Thanks for “sneaking” in!

    October 6, 2010 at 2:49 am

    • That’s usually my excuse… lol.. Thanks K…

      October 8, 2010 at 4:29 pm

  6. No apologies necessary, Beautiful capture.

    October 6, 2010 at 3:43 am

  7. Jayne

    This is fantastic. What I especially love are all the patterns and textures, particularly in the paving in the foreground … those curved cobbles against the slabs of the pavement – gorgeous.
    Pretty fortuitous to have slipped really! ;)

    October 6, 2010 at 9:11 am

    • Thanks Jayne… Yeah the cobbles were quite the draw.. I like the lights reflected in them too..

      October 8, 2010 at 4:31 pm

  8. Val Erde

    When I lived in London, I used to refer to it as the pickled cucumber…!

    Interesting shot – having it in monochrome really directs the eye!

    October 6, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    • LOL… Well I’ve heard a few “other” names too… Thanks Val…

      October 8, 2010 at 4:32 pm

  9. Great shot! And if it wasn’t locked, I’m sure they didn’t mind :)

    October 6, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    • Well I was more thinking along the lines of “what they don’t know won’t hurt them”… lol.. Thanks JP…

      October 8, 2010 at 4:33 pm

  10. mos

    Great shot … always I love your fantastic photos.
    ;)

    October 7, 2010 at 11:43 am

  11. Those overexposed lights look really cool.

    October 9, 2010 at 8:19 pm

  12. It was unlocked guv!!! honest

    October 11, 2010 at 10:56 pm

  13. Will the next image be from inside a London jail?? YOU are SUCH a renegade, Brian! This image simply ‘glows’….:-)

    October 11, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    • Ummmmm… Well it would be pretty unique I guess… lol… Thanks Tracy.. :)

      October 11, 2010 at 11:31 pm

  14. I love this shot! It’s so atmospheric, and it works really well in B&W. The composition is stunning. I love that contrast of old and modern in cities like London.
    Can’t seen what the point of leaving tempting doors open would be if people couldn’t take a peek!
    I’m glad I saw this photo!

    October 16, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    • Yeah London sure does offer up some great opportunities photographically… and it would have been rude not to have had a peek when they obviously wanted us to.. lol.. Thanks so much Kai…

      October 17, 2010 at 9:44 am

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