Like any city, London has its fair share of iconic locations/buildings and views, all of which are photographed from every possible angle on a daily basis.
As an example of this, think of any iconic building in your nearest big city. Now think of the different images you've seen of it. Now challenge yourself to shoot a truly original view or interpretation of this building.
The point, you may agree, is that it's actually very hard to come up with a fresh view of a much-photographed icon
So what to do? We can't all hire a helicopter or crash a posh apartment-with-a-view in the pursuit of a fresh take. Well, I can't anyway - good for you if you already have a helicopter or a posh apartment-with-a-view!
The underlying theme here is that I challenged myself to take a fresh perspective on the London Eye. Along with Big Ben and Tower Bridge, the Eye is an iconic structure that has been photographed to death over the years.
Here was my solution:
There's nothing original about my viewpoint here - on any day, you'll see tourists and photogrpahers a-plenty on London's North Bank snapping this very view.
Where I tried to be different was go abstract, and present the London Eye in abstract form.
To do this, I deliberately 'de-focussed' the shot, playing around with different amounts of blur, in order to emphasise the overall form of the Eye and its surroundings in 'bokeh' form.
Bokeh is photographer-speak for "out of focus" - it's that ethereal, delicate circular blur effect and is often present in the backgrounds of portraits. Here, I just made the bokeh the main feature of the image.
So no, nothing is in focus - deliberately so, as I wanted to create an abstract image with colourful blur.
So that was my London Eye/Bokeh experiment. I wouldn't do this for every view, landmark or building that I come across but I like it in this form, and hope that you do too.
Please feel free to share your thoughts.
Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!