Lambeth Bridge from Vauxhall Bridge

Lambeth Bridge from Vauxhall Bridge. No longer any tugboats or barges but the cranes building up the London skyline are reminiscent of the docks’ crane jibs of years gone by. And the clean, clear air and stark winter light is totally different from the smoke celebrated in atmospheric paintings of similar views thick with fog or smog by J.M.W. Turner or Impressionists such as James Whistler and Claude Monet. Even the bright colours and superb detail of Canaletto’s painting from 1746 of Westminster Bridge does not feature such clean, clear light. But, this photo is from midday so no hint of sunrise or sunset: the brown haze near the horizon indicates pollution of nitrous oxides combining with particles, this is the air we breathe.

See also London skyline