There’s really no excuse for slacking although like most of us mere mortals I too have long bouts of procrastination and end up sitting on gigabytes of unfinished photos and projects. I also tend to jump from one idea to another so my bedroom looks like something out of ‘A Beautiful Mind’ with notes and sketches scattered around on the floor and sometimes stuck to the ceiling.
Today I want to share with you my little excursion around London’s business hub – Canary Wharf with an old Style Division favourite Themba Overdaux.
From 1802 to 1939, the area was one of the busiest docks in the world and although times have changed and businesses have evolved, the old economic laws of demand and supply still rule the land. Tall and grandiose architecture has always resided beside power and money and as a show of pure wealth and status, skyscrapers and other large structures have begun to dominate the London skyline.
When Kings and Queens ruled the land it was obvious where the power was centered – the castles and to some extent churches that were under the monarch’s control. These were usually the tallest structures for their time, built with stone and marble while today glass and a focus on sustainability gives designers and architects a whole new set of challenges.
Canary Wharf, London
Something that I never got to share with you guys has been my complete obsession with Cereal Mag (above), a style and travel magazine with gorgeous, crisp photography and a book that’s an absolute pleasure to flick through. I picked up one of their recent guides to New York and I feel like I already know where my next travel destination is going to be.
Foster + Partners Roof Garden
The Foster + Partners roof garden was a fun little surprise to stumble upon and made for a nice change of scenery from the intricate maze of tall, homogenous skyscrapers.
The garden and it’s luscious plants are a reference to the area’s maritime heritage so if you’re planning a visit make sure to stop by.
Canary Wharf, London
I love this series of photos as they have a very dystopian and somewhat ominous vibe about them yet the colour palette keeps me coming back and making endless edits. These snaps probably showcase Canary Wharf in its natural light and even though it’s home to some of the tallest buildings in Europe the plain rectangular designs leave my inner architect somewhat disappointed.
You can tell a lot of thought went into buildings such as The Shard or The Gherkin as their positioning right in the centre of the capital meant corners couldn’t be cut as easily and designs really had to be on point. With Canary Wharf a lot of the buildings feel like copy/paste versions of each other and yet as a group they form a truly unique piece of London.
Thanks for coming on this little adventure with me. Leave me a comment or a tweet @StyleDivision and let me know what you thought. You can also check out my latest Photo Journal from Brighton or check out my latest shoot with New Look Men.