Greenwich in Panoramic Photographs
A virtual tour of Greenwich, London, in photos
Full of history and with an atmosphere all of its own, the old maritime town of Greenwich is a favourite destination of visitors to London. They come to see the Old Royal Observatory, the Meridian Line, the National Maritime Museum, the Cutty Sark and more. The Greenwich Peninsular is the site of the Millennium Dome, now home to The O2, where many international artists have performed. Greenwich Park hosts the start of the London Marathon.
On the opposite side of the River Thames, and in stark contrast to historical Greenwich,is the modern development of Canary Wharf and One Canada Square. To complete the collection, I have include some images of Canary Wharf as well.
These images were produced by using photographic 'stitching' techniques, which I have employed a good deal in my work. You can view larger size photographs, and more appreciate their panoramic aspect, at the links shown.
I hope you enjoy this potted tour of Greenwich and Canary Wharf landmarks, both historic and modern!
Old Royal Observatory and Greenwich Park
General Wolfe looks out at the vista, by the Old Royal Observatory, across Greenwich Park early on a sunny morning. The hill on which the observatory sits is the ultimate destination for visitors to Greenwich, both to see the line from which global time is measured and to take in the magnificent view across the park to the River Thames and beyond. The photograph is reminiscent of historic prints of the region which stretch the perspective. Except those prints do not contain the Canary Wharf towers shown in the distance behind the white facade of the National Maritime Museum to the right of the photo; nor a British Airways plane in descent on its way to Heathrow Airport; or the Millennium Dome (The O2), glimpsed on the far right behind the foliage.
You really need to visit the link to appreciate this image, where I have included a guide to the various landmarks featured.
The 24 Hour Clock, National Maritime Museum, Canary Wharf and the Millennium Dome
After coming-up the steep path (centre) to the Royal Observatory, the visitor is greeted by the Shepherd 24-Hour Clock by the main gate. The clock has displayed Greenwich Mean Time since 1852. Facing the frosty grass (this, an early winter's morning shot) in the centre is the National Maritime Museum, and behind that, on the other side of the River Thames, is Canary Wharf. On the far right, behind the disused power station, is the Millennium Dome, now home to The O2.
The Meridian Courtyard
Flamsteed's House overlooks the courtyard. The red Time-Ball drops daily at 1pm, historically to enable ships in the River Thames to set their chronometres. In the distance in the centre of the image is Canary Wharf. The modern sculpture marks the Greenwich Meridian line which denotes longitude and Greenwich Mean Time.
The Millennium Dome (The O2)
Originally built as the centrepiece of the UK's turn of the millennium celebrations. Its reputation as the infamous, much-maligned, 'white elephant' that the UK press love to hate is fading into memory. It is now mostly known as the site of The O2 Centre, at which many international pop and rock acts have performed. The Dome was also the venue for some of the sports of the 2012 Olympics.
The building is a typically bold and imaginative design by architect Richard Rogers. Its bad reputation stemmed from the featured millennium exhibition of 2000, which was thought to be poorly conceived - at least by elements of the media.
The Cutty Sark
The old China or 'tea' clipper is a focal point for visitors to Greenwich, where she has sat in dry-dock since 1953. Renovation of the Cutty Sark was already underway when the ship sustained considerable damage from fire a few years ago. This resulted in a major re-build and the ship now rests with its hull enclosed in a modern glass structure, about which some people are not pleased!
Happily, my shots were taken afore all this and show the Cutty Sark as was.
This previous shot was taken at dusk. The glass roofed, red brick building on the left is the entrance to the foot tunnel from where you can walk under the River Thames to Canary Wharf and Docklands. You can also see the entrance to the ship's fore in the next image...
And finally, Canary Wharf
I can't talk about Greenwich without taking a walk through the foot tunnel shown in the Cutty Sark images to Canary Wharf on the opposite side of the River Thames. Greenwich looks across the river to where this modern development stands in stark contrast to the historical town. (Look under the flag in the above photo.)
I'll leave you to decide whether you want to take the tunnel or a train on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR - much more convenient and less footsore ). Canary Wharf is worth a visit and you might just bump into Alan Sugar of The Apprentice UK fame.
I've written more about the Canary Wharf pics in a separate hub in the Arts and Design → Photos and Photography category, entitled 'Vertical Panoramas', where you can see bigger images.
For a video of some of my creative work, see here