We are very fortunate in this country that many of the best museums and galleries in London do not charge an entry fee, although they do usually request a donation. Not only do they contain some wonderful exhibits, the buildings themselves offer some great photographic opportunities. In fact I enjoy visiting and exploring these institutions for this very reason. Some time ago I went to the Natural History Museum to see the Genesis Exhibition by Sebastiao Salgado and I wrote about the photos taken here.
More recently I have visited Tate Britain, the British Museum and the Saatchi Gallery to see what material there might be for some photography. Each building is very different, but all three had a number of architectural features which inspired me to take some images.
All of these visitor attractions allow photographs to be taken, although the use of a tripod would I think be prohibited, so all my shots were handheld.
The Manton Staircase
Light on the Stairs
The British Museum
Great Court – a contrast of old and new
The Saatchi Gallery
Inside – Outside
Regarding the building itself, I found less to photograph here, but I was able to capture a few interesting people shots.
Girl in the gallery
Rich pickings as far as I am concerned and definitely worth a return visit at some point in the future. It also makes me wonder what opportunities might be in store at many other museums and galleries across the capital city of London.