NEAR PARLIAMENT SQUARE, LONDON, ENGLAND: Prince William and Kate Middleton will pass this spot on their wedding day. Their whole route is designed to ensure they pass mostly by publicly-owned buildings, for security reasons. Ms Middleton will travel by car, along The Mall, Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and Parliament Square. The service takes place at Westminster Abbey and will be conducted by The Dean of Westminster, the Very Rev Dr. John Hall but it’s the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, who will marry the couple. The Bishop of London, the Rt. Rev. Richard Chartres, will then give an address. Following the wedding, the married couple will travel in a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace, crossing Parliament Square before going along Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade and The Mall. Shot handheld with a Nikon D70S, 18-55 AFS lens at 18mm, f22, 1/160th sec.
Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
5 RED TELEPHONE BOOTHS, LONDON, ENGLAND: Red public telephones in London are ubiquitous. But as long-time travelers know, their ranks are diminishing due to the explosion of cell-phone use. The booths in this photo are located on Broad Street. The origin of these icons was a 1924 design competition. The basic look was updated over the years, including significant improvements in 1929 and 1934. In 1935, to celebrate the silver jubilee of King George V, thousands of the red boxes were placed throughout Britain. It’s hard to imagine them in any other colour but there was widespread opposition to the bright scheme. The 1959 version introduced an even brighter red and it went on to be the standard colour. The classic British booth has even been exported for use in Malta and Cyprus. In Washington, DC, a red booth sits outside the British Embassy. Today, stop by virtually any booth in London and you’ll see it festooned with business cards for escort services. How long will the iconic booths last? Well, when was the last time you actually used a phone booth to make a call?
Shot handheld with a Nikon D70s, AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm lens at 48mm, f9, 1/320 sec. Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
WINSTON CHURCHILL STATUE AND BIG BEN, WESTMINSTER, LONDON, ENGLAND: In Parliament Square is the wonderful 1973 statue of Winston Churchill by artist Ivor Roberts-Jones. Churchill was Britain’s WWII era Prime Minister certainly its greatest 20th century leader. In this bronze Churchill, aka, ‘Winnie’ and the ‘British Bulldog’ faces Big Ben (actually, it’s St. Stephen’s Tower; Big Ben is the largest bell in the clock tower). A visit to the nearby Churchill War Rooms is a must stop for any fan of Churchill and student of World War II history. Shot handheld with a Nikon D40X, Nikkor 18-200 lens, at 60mm, 1/30 sec, f7.1, ISO 1600. Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography