When you go out with your camera looking for all sorts of trouble to get into that might result in a half decent picture or two, it's really important to look up.
We can get so obsessed with actively looking around, that remembering to look at things in a different way is actually what we're trying to do here. Take the ordinary, the everyday, the mundane and find the joy in it.
The day I shot these three, I had been to London's Leadenhall Market. They had started to slowly reopen post lockdown and I thought it would be good to try and find something that showed life was beginning to return to the City.
But, the best laid plans... It was a Monday and despite beautiful, clear skies and strong, clean sunlight, Leadenhall was dead. So after trying unsuccessfully to work the light in a colourful but very empty market, I wandered back and decided on a whim to catch the tube home from the Bank station. I knew it was closed, but I thought I just have a quick look at The Monument to the Great Fire of London before I dived into the tube and BANG!
As I looked up, the opportunity to show this beautiful historic tower against a bright blue sky, juxtaposed against some ultra modern buildings and in reflection just hit me all at once. I didn't know what to do first. So I worked as quickly as I could on each of the three settings, darting between them as the light changed. The builders who had stopped for lunch thought I was mad. But the only decent images from that entire day were those looking up at the Monument.