There is no denying that London is a beautiful city. Just looking at all the photos on our Pinterest page proves it. But with morning commutes, rushing from the office to the pub, and then rushing home again, sometime we can miss the good bits.
That’s why we asked London at Dawn tour guide Anthony Epes to write about his favourite spots in London to photograph. You don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn – but it helps!
“I have to say I’m most inspired by the east of the city. It feels a little less polished and more lived in than some of the other parts of the city. The history of the area is more apparent, it hasn’t been tidied away and glossed up like over in the West where I live (sorry!).
My passion for shooting cities at dawn comes from my love of light and a dislike of busy, chaotic streets. Dawn gives me both. There is something miraculous about the light show that mother nature can put on at this time – vast skies of intense colour, beautiful clouds and a hazy golden light. Not all the time though. Perhaps what makes it special is that it’s infrequent, fleeting and hard to predict. It’s made even more special by how empty the city is, especially in summer. I get the streets to myself, to explore and take photos, a photographer’s paradise. Here are my five favourite spots to shoot.
There is a lot of history in this area that isn’t well photographed and is a little unknown to most Londoners.
Epically beautiful area with a view way down the river to the east, you can really see the sun. I think it’s the only place in London you can see the sun just as it comes up on to the horizon.
This was taken by the Old Shoreditch station and people are always surprised when they find out this was shot there. I think it’s a good example that I talk about a lot in my workshops – if you want to take good photos, always be looking for what other people haven’t noticed. It’s amazing how we have actually learnt not to notice much in our everyday surroundings and so we don’t always see what’s there. The ‘art of seeing’ is a huge part of your training as a photographer – all it really means is really looking at what’s around you.
I love this little bit of nature in the dense urban sprawl of Hackney. You can see people’s gardens across the canal.
You need permission to shoot in most of this area because it’s private land, but it’s really fun shooting Canary Wharf at dawn. The rush hour starts early here! It’s a great contrast to the rest of east London, and the rest of London in general- super polished and a great place for architectural photography, with lots of good lines.
If you liked Anthony’s photography, then head over to his Kickstarter page. He is trying to raise £10,000 to publish two books showcasing his photography of London and Paris.