How Andrew Stanford sees Tower Bridge through his old-fashioned camera lens

Andrew Stanford's vision of Tower Bridge

Andrew Stanford's vision of Tower Bridge - Credit: Andrew Stanford

Artist Andrew Stanford saw double—or treble—when he looked through his camera lens to capture this image of the iconic Tower Bridge.

Andrew Stanford's vision of Tower Bridge

Andrew Stanford's vision of Tower Bridge - Credit: Andrew Stanford

But his blurry snapshot won him top prize in the fourth ‘Art at the Bridge’ exhibition after being voted best of the bunch—and the honour that all schoolkids dream about, pressing the big red button to lift the giant bascule bridge.

“I was excited about performing a bridge lift,” he said. “It’s amazing when you hear the bascules moving and having all those mechanisms to operate.”

He uses traditional film photography in his work, developing the negatives and hand-printing them himself, rather than using 21st century digital technology.

The exhibition, exploring the landscapes making London one of the most impressive cities of the world, was seen by 2,000 visitors a day and Andrew’s abstract interpretation of the world’s most famous bridge was voted outright winner.

Tower Bridge is currently staging the fifth ‘Art at the Bridge’ exhibition with the theme of physical and emotional connections reflecting its role in linking culture and communities. The works by disabled artists from Southwark Arts Forum are on view until August 7 in the Victorian engine rooms.


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