I mentioned in my second post in this series that I feel that The Shard is an “optimistic” structure. I have been trying to articulate, in my own head, why this is. I think it has to do with my experience of living in London, particularly through events like the 7/7 bombing. The thing that was palpable at the time and lingers even now is the fear of something similar happening again, but the city and its people remain resolute in their lives and endeavors nonetheless.
When I walked past this First World War memorial in Southwark on my photo-walk, I was immediately drawn to the juxtaposition of the soldier’s bayonet and The Shard. That the shapes echo each other visually was immediately apparent at the time and guided the composition. But, upon reviewing the image, the deeper significance perceived in my subconscious became apparent: that is, the sense of resolve, despite fear, that the sculpture and the building symbolize (at least, for me).