Almost half an hour and several hundred sweat inducing feet later, we reached the summit, a panoramic, unspoilt view of the city our reward. The wind howled, the crane upon which we stood creaked and swayed, London stretching as far as the eye could see. We were high, extremely high. Actually, we were too high. While the initial view was breathtaking, and believe me it was, once the adrenaline and satisfaction of what had been accomplished subsided, we slowly discovered that this view was for the most part, a photographic nightmare. Now I know, looking at the amount of pictures myself and many others have posted, you might consider what I’m saying as slightly ridiculous. Its difficult to explain, I tried to put my view into word, but nothing I wrote was able to convey it. Its something you will have to experience for yourself in a few months time when the first tours arrive on the observation deck. Source.
This has been all over the news the last 24 hours or so, but the video is dated 1 year ago so I guess it’s only just come out.
As someone who really struggles with heights – I find it hard to look at! It reminds me a bit of that wonderfully good documentary – Man on Wire, that I blogged about a couple of years ago.
Still amazed at just how high this building is. Also shocked by the light pollution, but that shouldn’t come as a huge surprise in a city of 8 million people.
More pictures on Silent’s website here.
As mentioned in a previous blog post of two years ago, I am not a massive fan of the Shard (primarily because of its location, rather than the building itself).
UPDATE: As the video has been removed from the site, I’ve now replaced it with a picture from Silent’s website. Visit his site to see more.