Photographs of the Middle East

A Great Day (and Night) in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

That fine day spent photographing Dubai and Abu Dhabi in 2014 was very much down to a chance meeting. I had been exhibiting with my good friend Sami Nabeel. There we met Ziyad Alarfaj – who kindly agreed to show us around and with that vital gift to the photographer – help to get access.

The day started very early at the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, a short drive from Dubai. As day broke over the mosque the blue light of dawn set off the white building beautifully.

Our host got us private access. It was hard to believe this magnificent structure had been constructed just a few years ago. We spent the morning watching the light change and the sun casting stronger and stronger shadows.

We watched the sun go down over the Persian Gulf and nightfall over the Burj Al Arab. As the light changed another series of memorable photographs resulted.

After dark we travelled into Dubai for a night shoot. We were given access to the 40th floor of an apartment building. The views over the city were remarkable. The lights on the world famous buildings and traffic trails on the highway below made for some wonderful cityscapes.

There was more to come. As we packed up the clouds and mist fell. A spectacular vista took on a deeper mystical feel. Clouds made a superb frame for the Burj Khalifer, the world’s tallest building, almost a kilometre high.

That’s enough words. I’ll let the images do the talking with a sincere thanks to Ziyad for his hospitality and for making the day such a success.

Photographs of the Middle East: The Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi

Photographs of the Middle East: The Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi

Photographs of the Middle East: The Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi

Photographs of the Middle East: The Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi

Photographs of the Middle East: The Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi

Photographs of the Middle East: The Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi

Photographs of the Middle East: Dubai Skyline

Photographs of the Middle East: Dubai Skyline

Photographs of the Middle East: Dubai Skyline

Photographs of the Middle East: Dubai Skyline

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Joe Cornish Gallery – World Cityscapes

If you are in the North of England and would like to view some of our prints, why not visit the Joe Cornish Gallery in North Yorkshire?

Joe is one of the UK’s leading landscape photographers. At his gallery you will find many of his own prints as well as those of several other artists.

For a couple of years now some of Martin Smith’s work has also been featured in the gallery. Since the beginning of the year Martin has been one of the Gallery Photographers.

A selection of nine of his images have been curated for display and are available for sale.

Iconic views of New York City, Paris and Dubai feature alongside several prints of London.

In Martin’s own words “it is an honour for my work to be be seen with Joe’s and other photographers’ including Neil Page, Charles Cramer, Mike Caine, Linda Lashford, Will Nicholls, Lizzie Shepherd, Robin Sinton and Anni Vassallo.”

Pop along to the gallery and coffee shop at Register House, Zetland St, Northallerton DL6 1NA where a warm welcome awaits.

The London and World City prints currently available to view are:

Joe Cornish Gallery Martin Smith London Skyline at Night

City of London Skyline

Joe Cornish Gallery Martin Smith Paris at Dawn

Paris at Dusk

Joe Cornish Gallery Martin Smith Skating NYC

New York City Skating

Joe Cornish Gallery Martin Smith Westminster

Westminster Skyline

Joe Cornish Gallery Martin Smith City London Skyline

City of London Skyline

Joe Cornish Gallery Martin Smith Tower Bridge and Tower of London

Tower Bridge and the Tower of London

Joe Cornish Gallery Martin Smith Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf

Joe Cornish Gallery Martin Smith St Pauls Cathedral

St Pauls Cathedral and Southwark Bridge

Joe Cornish Gallery Martin Smith Burj Khalifer Dubai

Dubai Skyline

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New York City Photographs

One beautiful morning. Five New York City photographs.

Sometimes the weather and light just perform. They did on this beautiful Sunday morning in Manhattan. As day broke over the East River we were treated to breathtaking scenery. These images show the bridges at the Southern end of Manhattan as well as the city skyline in glorious colour.

New York City Photographs - Manhattan Bridge

New York City – Manhattan Bridge

New York City Photographs - Brooklyn Bridge

New York City – Brooklyn Bridge

New York City Photographs - Manhattan Bridge

New York City – Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges

New York City Photographs - Manhattan

New York City – Manhattan at daybreak

New York City Photographs - Manhattan

New York City – Manhattan at night

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Photos of New York City – Brooklyn Bridge

New York City is one of the greatest cities in the world. I have visited and photographed the city many times. This is the first of a series of posts featuring some of my favourite photos of New York City. The location selected for this post is the Brooklyn Bridge. The structure is truly iconic and is one of the sights which immediately comes to mind when people think of New York City.

Photos of New York City: Brooklyn Bridge in black and white

I have chosen five photographs from our World Cities collection. The first is taken from the Brooklyn Bridge during daytime. It shows the manhattan skyline viewed through the cables supporting the Brooklyn Bridge.

Photos of New York City Brooklyn Bridge and manhattan skyline

Brooklyn Bridge and manhattan skyline

The second image shows the walkway across the bridge. It was shot early in the morning. At other times you will find many pedestrians and cyclists along the walkway.

Photos of New York City Brooklyn Bridge Walkway

Brooklyn Bridge Walkway

The third image shows a series of signs next to the ramp allowing vehicles onto the bridge. This urban shot captures the feel of the area around the bridge.

Photos of New York City Brooklyn Bridge signs

Brooklyn Bridge signs

The fourth image is an iconic view of the Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn. This is one of my favourite views in the world and the subtle patterns in the sky add atmosphere to this picture.

Photos of New York City Manhattan from beneath the Brooklyn Bridge

Manhattan from beneath the Brooklyn Bridge

The final photograph in this selection features a classic Cadillac in front of the Brooklyn Bridge. Note also the manhattan Bridge in the background.

Photographs of New York City Cadillac and Brooklyn Bridge

Cadillac and Brooklyn Bridge

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About the Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is a suspension bridge which was completed in 1883. It took 14 years to build and crosses 1600 feet of the East River. The bridge was designated as a national historic landmark in 1964.

Brooklyn Bridge links Manhattan with Brooklyn.

I have walked the bridge many times and prefer to start on the Manhattan side. It takes around half an hour to reach Brooklyn. The rewards for completing the crossing include spectacular views of Manhattan as well as the beautiful architecture and vibe of Brooklyn Heights. Then there’s the eateries. I have celebrated special occasions at the River Café restaurant and enjoyed ice cream at the Brooklyn Ice Cream factory.

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The 7 billion pound London Skyline

A report which estimates ten buildings of the London skyline to be worth more than 7 billion pounds inspired me to publish this post, featuring some of my images. Although some of the valuations look a bit spurious, the message is clear. London’s iconic buildings are valuable.

So here are the ten. Firstly, the modern commercial buildings. This is The Shard (estimated value £2 billion ). More images of the Shard can be found here.

London Skyline: The Shard at Dusk

London Skyline: The Shard at Dusk

The Walkie Talkie (estimated value £800 million ) at 20 Fenchurch Street. London old and new as traditional buildings front the 21st Century Walkie Talkie building.

London Skyline - The Walkie Talkie Building

London Skyline – The Walkie Talkie Building

The Cheesegrater (estimated value £850 million ). The Cheesegrater is the name adopted by the Leadenhall Building. This picture shows the Cheesegrater on the right with a cameo appearance by the Lloyd’s building to the left.

London Skyline - The Cheesgrater

London Skyline – The Cheesgrater

Tower 42 (estimated value £400 million ). Tower 42 was once the tallest building in London, a statistic now seems an age ago. More images of Tower 42 can be found here.

London Skyline - Tower 42

London Skyline – Tower 42

Heron Tower (estimated value £400 million ). Until recently the new kid on the block.  A quite magnificent structure. More images of Heron Tower can be found here.

London Skyline - Heron Tower

London Skyline – Heron Tower

The Gherkin (estimated value £650 million ) at 30 St Mary Axe. Now ten years old, the Gherkin is seen here in front of the most dramatic of skies. More images of the Gherkin  can be found here.

London Skyline - The Gherkin

London Skyline – The Gherkin

Canary Wharf (estimated value £680 million ). This is the Canary Wharf skyline. Canary Wharf  is most commonly associated with One Canada Square, the pointed building just left of centre in this shot. More images of Canary Wharf can be found here.

London Skyline - Canary Wharf

London Skyline – Canary Wharf

BT Tower (estimated value £150 million – land value only). When the BT Tower, then the Post Office Tower was built in the 1960’s it had a futuristic look. Can the same still be said today?

London Skyline - Telecom Tower

London Skyline – Telecom Tower

The London Eye (estimated value £50 million – land value only). Today the Eye is one of the structures which most recognisably depicts the London Skyline. More images of the London eye can be found here.

London Skyline - The London Eye

London Skyline – The London Eye

Then on to two historic buildings. How on earth can you value either of them?!!

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament (estimated value £900 million ). Big Ben with the London Eye sneaking into the bottom corner.  More images of Big Ben can be found here.

Big Ben and the London Eye

Big Ben

St Pauls Cathedral (estimated value £300 million – land value only). This iconic view of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge is set off beautifully by the cloud patterns in the sky. More images of St Pauls Cathedral can be found here.

St Pauls Cathedral and the City Skyline

St Pauls Cathedral and the City Skyline

 

 

If you would like to see more images of London’s architecture or skyline please get in touch. I have been photographing the changing skyline for several years and have many shots which would now be considered of historical interest. For more information on anything you have seen in this post please visit our website or call 01992 535344.

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Bronx Photographs

The last few hours of my recent trip to New York City were spent with Alexandra Maruri of Bronx Historical Tours.

This proved to be a very rewarding experience as I was shown round some of the magnificent street art of the Bronx.

The work on display has been curated by the TAG Public Arts project. My understanding is that aims are two fold – to improve the urban landscapes within the Bronx and to give exposure to the artists who create the work.

The project was founded by J. SinXero Beltran. A highlight of my visit was the opportunity to chat with James Sexer Rodriguez who kindly dropped by to meet us. His works are a feature of the project.

There are many other blogs covering the TAG initiative. I hope that through this short post I can introduce a few more people to the project.

Most visitors to New York City do not include the Bronx in their itineraries. But my fleeting visit indicates that there is much to discover in the borough and I certainly plan to return.

A mention also for Bronx Historical Tours run by Alexandra. She offers various itineraries – I chose the street art tour but there are several others outlined at bronxhistoricaltours.com.

To her enormous credit she ran our morning tour even though I was the only guest. Many other operators would have cancelled.

Here are a few Bronx photographs depicting some of the scenes I encountered. I hope I have got the names of the artists right – apologies if I have made any errors.

Three Bronx photographs featuring murals:

Bronx Photos Murals

Bronx Murals – Daek William

Bronx Photos Murals

Bronx Murals – Sexer

Bronx Photos Murals

Bronx Murals – SinXero

Four Bronx photographs featuring street art reflected in vehicle windows.

Bronx Photos Murals

Bronx Murals – Sexer and Cope 2

Bronx Photographs Murals

Bronx Murals – Epic Uno

Bronx Photographs Murals

Bronx Murals – Werc and Cruz

Bronx Photographs Murals

Bronx Murals – Damian Mitchell

And finally, many thanks to this lady for posing in front of this mural!

Bronx Photographs Murals

Bronx Murals – SEE TF

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Panoramic Photographs of the London Skyline

I have spent a lot of nights over the past few weeks photographing the City of London at night. I have been concentrating on panoramic photographs of the city skyline. Whenever I do this I realise just how much the skyline keeps changing . In this post I have taken the opportunity of delving into the archive and am featuring five images made over the last decade and more.

The first image features the new London skyline. Most of the buildings on the horizon did not exist a few years ago. This is currently my favourite skyline view in London.

City Skyline

Panoramic Photographs of the London Skyline 1

The next features Southwark Bridge lit in fluorescent pink, captured last year. A tricky shot to capture – long exposure from the city’s famous wobbly bridge.

Southwark Bridge

Panoramic Photographs of the London Skyline 2

This image of the London Eye and County Hall was captured back in 2009. One of many iconic vistas, famous the world over.

Westminster Bridge

Panoramic Photographs of the London Skyline 3

This is the Millennium Dome in 1999 before it became the O2 Centre. In those days it was still a white elephant!

Millennium Dome

Panoramic Photographs of the London Skyline 4

The final shot shows Tower Bridge in shades of red during London’s great summer of 2012.

Tower Bridge in Red

Panoramic Photographs of the London Skyline 5

Having spent a decade photographing the Capital I have only just began to realise how I have documented this dynamic city during a period when it has changed so dramatically. Doing this remains great fun and I will continue creating a record of change for a few more years yet!

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Photos of San Francisco

I have just spent a few days in San Francisco. Not a city I know well, but ask anyone and they will tell you it is one of the most beautiful in the US. It is also easy to spend time in. Union Square, Haight – Ashbury, the Golden Gate Park, the wharves and waterfront, Alcatraz and Sausalito all warrant a visit or two.

Before deciding how best to photograph it I needed to explore the main attractions. Whilst there are a lot of interesting spots in the city it was the two main bridges that I was drawn to. The Golden Gate Bridge spans the Golden Gate Strait, linking the City of San Francisco with Marin County. Less well known, but just as spectacular is the Bay Bridge. The San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge which links the city with Oakland.

I photographed the Golden Gate Bridge from Baker Beach and the Golden Gate Park on several occasions. But the first of my featured photos of San Francisco was shot from Baker Beach at sunset. Unusually there was no fog or clouds and I like the colour in the late evening sky which sets off the orange in the Bridge beautifully.

Photos of San Francisco - The Golden Gate Bridge

Photos of San Francisco – The Golden Gate Bridge

My other featured photos of San Francisco show the Bay Bridge at night. The first was taken from across the water.  I  was grateful to the clouds over the city which brought this panorama to life.

Photos of San Francisco - The Bay Bridge

Photos of San Francisco – The Bay Bridge

The second was shot from high above the Bay Bridge, looking back towards San Francisco. I like the dominant colours of the bridge against the city skyline.

Photos of San Francisco - The Bay Bridge

Photos of San Francisco – The Bay Bridge

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Photos of Hong Kong

I have been lucky enough to visit Hong Kong many times. I have worked there on numerous occasions and more recently visited en route to other Asian destinations. Hong Kong is a photographers paradise offering a diverse array of subjects. I am featuring a few in this short post.

For those who don’t know the city most of its land mass is in the North on the Kowloon side. Across Victoria Harbour in the south is Hong Kong Island. Here you will find the Central Business District as well as many other attractions. The journey between the two, on the Star Ferry at night is one of the world’s great journey. And it costs next to nothing!

Hong Kong is one of the cities featured in our World Cities Collection. It is without doubt one of the great cities of the world and one of the major global business hubs.

The first of my featured photos of Hong Kong is a classic vista. Hong Kong Island photographed from the waterfront at night is beautiful. It is one of the world’s most recognisable cityscapes.

Photos of Hong Kong: City Skyline

Photos of Hong Kong: City Skyline

Hong Kong is a city of contrasts. Nowhere is this more obvious than in its architecture. The city features some of the most modern architecture in the world. But it also has many old buildings. This shot of an old high rise in Kowloon is typical of the older part of that region.

Photos of Hong Kong: Windows - Kowloon

Photos of Hong Kong: Windows – Kowloon

The third of my featured photos of Hong Kong shows is from the streets of Kowloon. The huge array of signs very much capture the atmosphere of the city.

Photos of Hong Kong: Signs Kowloon

Photos of Hong Kong: Signs Kowloon

We have just added a series of new photographs to our Hong Kong gallery. This is just a sample of many images captured over the years. If you would like to see more, please get in touch.

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Tango In Buenos Aires

Tango Mural, San Telmo, Buenos Aires

Tango Mural, San Telmo, Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires. A city of murals and the home of tango. In the bohemian suburb of San Telmo tango dancers perform between the cafes at Plaza Dorrego. This mural captures aspects of the occasion beautifully.