The Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament.
The Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament, is the seat of the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom—the House of Lords and the House of Commons. The Palace lies on the north bank of the Liver Thames in the London borough of the City of Westminster.
I chose to shoot this for a location as it is holds not only great historical facts and tales, for example Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot in 1605, and great fire in 1834. And the fact it still plays a massive roll in how we live our lives in England today, (I’m not even going start with the boring politics blab) but you get the idea. But it’s the fact that it still remains an inspiration for many architects and is one of the most photogenic buildings that I’ve had the pleasure to shoot,
On 16 October 1834, a fire broke out in the Palace after a stove used to destroy the Exchequer’s stockpile of tally sticks ignited paneling in the Lords Chamber. In the resulting conflagration both houses of Parliament were destroyed along with most of the other buildings in the palace complex. Westminster Hall was saved largely due to heroic firefighting efforts.
At one stage, King William IV considered converting Buckingham Palace, which was being renovated at the time, into the new Houses of Parliament.
A Royal Commission was appointed to study the rebuilding of the Palace and a heated public debate over the proposed styles ensued. The neo-Classical design, similar to that of the White House and the federal Capitol in the United States, was popular at the time, but had connotations of revolution and republicanism, whereas Gothic design embodied conservative values. The Commission announced in June 1835 "the style of the buildings would be either Gothic or Elizabethan. The Perpendicular Gothic style of the building was the collaborative design by Sir Charles Barry, a classic architect, and aided by the Gothic architect Augustus Pugin,
When I was shooting this great place I had to try and avoid quite a large section that was scaffold up and what looked like under quite a large refurbishment and later found out it was due to the stonework. I have copy and pasted the section from Wikipedia, which explains why and when it was done and needed, its pretty interesting.
The stonework of the building was originally Anston, a sand-colored magnesia limestone quarried in the village of Anston in South Yorkshire. The stone, however, soon began to decay due to pollution and the poor quality of some of the stone used. Although such defects were clear as early as 1849, nothing was done for the remainder of the 19th century. During the 1910s, however, it became clear that some of the stonework had to be replaced.
In 1928 it was deemed necessary to use Clipsham Stone, a honey-colored limestone from Rutland, to replace the decayed Anston. The project began in the 1930s but was halted due to the Second World War, and completed only during the 1950s. By the 1960s pollution had once again begun to take its toll. A stone conservation and restoration programmed to the external elevations and towers began in 1981, and ended in 1994. The House Authorities have since been undertaking the external restoration of the many inner courtyards, a task due to continue until approximately 2010.
But luckily for me there was enough of the building left in tact for me to shoot and it wasn’t really too much of an issue,
As for most of my locations I chose to use Fuji Provia 100 and Fuji Velvia 100f, as they’re my favorite films to use and when cross-processed have outstanding hues and saturation and make simple shots look epic.
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