Monument stands at the junction of Monument Street and Fish Street Hill in the City of London. It was built between 1671 and 1677 to commemorate the Great Fire of London and to celebrate the rebuilding of the City. Monument takes the form of a Doric column in the antique tradition containing a cantilevered stone staircase with 311 steps leading to a viewing platform above which is a copper urn from which flames emerge, symbolizing the Great Fire. Monument is 61 metres high which is the exact distance between it and the site in Pudding Lane where the fire began…..it is also about 35 meters from the new Monument Place development by Mace for which I was commissioned to photograph on the streets capturing the attractions of the neighbourhood. In addition to my street photography I was asked if I could provide an image of Monument itself for the foyer of the new building. I made two visits to the roof of Monument Place, one to estimate the focal length I would need to fill my camera frame with the wonderful flaming bowl and a second laden with Canon 600mm image stabilised lens and 2x convertor. With the lift not yet working and laden with safety harness, hard hat and solid tripod it was hard working getting everything in place on the roof.
Blessed with a chilly but sunny Autumn morning, the resulting shot had a glorious blue sky setting off the gold of the flames and revealed all the little details of it’s construction. It was just abstract enough to be recognisable but unusual.