I had just got my first digital camera when I arrived in London and the iconic Tower Bridge was the subject of my first few photographs. Quite pleased with the results, I never lost an opportunity to photograph this London icon. This meant that by the time I left London a year later, I had quite a few photographs of the Tower Bridge. Presenting a selection from that collection, beginning with that first photograph.
The Tower Bridge in London is easily the most recognised icon of London, even by those who have not visited the city. In fact, it is so synonymous with London, that many people often think that this is “London Bridge”, which is actually the next bridge upstream. A bascule and suspension bridge, the Tower Bridge is one of the many bridges in London constructed over the River Thames. Construction of the bridge began in 1886 and took around 8 years to complete.
There is a popular urban legend concerning the Tower Bridge, which every guide in London, worth his or her badge, will narrate to the eager tourist. The story goes something like this: In 1968, the old London Bridge was sold to an American by the name of Robert McCulloch, who had the bridge parts shipped to Lake Havasu City in Arizona. Imagine his surprise when he saw the parts of the bridge he had purchased. McCulloch thought he was purchasing the Tower Bridge, which he thought was the London Bridge. Instead, he got the real London Bridge. Though this story was later denied by McCulloch himself, it has become quite a legend today. 🙂
So tell me, which photograph of the Tower Bridge did you like?