‘London From The Rooftops’ is the work of Getty Images contributor James Burns, who for nearly 10 years has been documenting London’s skyline from tower block rooftops in every corner of the capital. The premier exhibition of this stunning collection of panoramic cityscapes is being displayed at one of London’s busiest and most renowned photographic spaces, theprintspace. The Exhibition has been timed to coincide with the Olympics so that visitors from all over the globe will have the opportunity to marvel at these captivating and previously unseen skyline views for free and right in the middle of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter, Shoreditch.
The exhibition will run from 1st August until the 22nd August with the private view evening being the 2nd of August.
James has been photographing the changing landscape of London for 10 years. James’s passion for his unique brand of ‘Real London’ inspired photography convinced the Prince’s Trust to assist his professional ambitions and support several exhibitions on the subject of London’s social housing architecture. This in turn led to work for various London Borough Councils as well as construction companies and the ‘New Deal for Communities’ regeneration projects across the capital, an opportunity that enabled James to photograph in the community for a living whilst also providing invaluable access opportunities for his personal portfolio.
The real driving force behind this vast collection of London high rise landscapes is James’s boundless enthusiasm for discovering new angles by which to view the city. It’s on the roof that James finds his happy place,
“I’ve always had an urge to be high up, to rise above street level and take in the whole of London in one serene sweep of the eye. It’s from the rooftops that you can truly appreciate the unique and seemingly random beauty of the London skyline, and no other city on earth can be confused with it”
It’s the diverse and chaotic nature of London’s architectural landscape that James finds so intriguing,
“I feel a deep connection with London. My identity has been shaped by its music and multiculturalism and this plurality of styles and cultures is reflected in the physical landscape of London. Churches jostle for space with 1960’s tower blocks, parks, canals, power stations, rivers, Victorian terraces, stadiums, stations and now a whole host of brand new, gleaming, futuristic skyscrapers. There has never been a more exciting time to photograph the skyline of London and I have made it my mission to photograph it from every possible vantage point. Now it’s time to share it with London and her Olympic guests so they too can revel in the beauty of London during her moment in the spotlight.”
To see the inspiration behind this exhibition, check out our previous blog post on James’s Inspiration.