London rooftop photography of the capital’s magnificent skyline
These images of London at night aren’t your regular skyline shots – rather than taking photos of the skyline, Lukas Spencer takes photos FROM the skyline.
Over the past year, Lukas has been exploring the capital by night to capture these amazing and unique images.
Lukas, who is originally from Coventry, West Mids, discovered his love for rooftop photography five years ago and is now part of a team of explorers and photographers who explore and shoot across the world.
He said: “Every one of the photographs in this series were captured in London over the course of the past year. Most of the photographs were from the City of London and Canary Wharf.
“My favourite shot is the sunrise looking out across the Thames towards to the 02 Arena. The sheer size and location of the rooftop offered one of the best views of London and the sunrise itself was absolutely beautiful.
“London is understandably the best place to visit in the UK for the purpose of rooftopping; no other City in the UK offers rooftopping views and opportunities like the capital.
“The sheer number of cranes and construction projects is the main draw – just arriving into London gets the adrenaline pumping as the whole city feels like your personal playground for the night.
“Locations vary from the high rooftops that tower above the city streets below, to the shadowy depths of London via the use of its relatively unknown tunnel system, as well as disused Underground tracks.
“A lot of preparation goes into the shoot before I even get to the capital. This involves scouting potential locations as well as figuring out potential access points to make everything run as smoothly as possible.
“My first rooftop was nearly five years ago – albeit a small, three-story rooftop in my home town.
“Since then, things have progressed tremendously fast – especially over the course of the past year where I have visited Asia twice.
“Every climb is a unique experience in which I leave with not only photographs, but also crazy stories that go hand-in-hand with explores of this nature.
“I aim to take this as far as I possibly can and I’m currently travelling in Hong Kong and China, visiting as many locations as possible. I aim to travel to Dubai and the US soon to shoot the best images I am capable of taking.
“I am always striving to take my photography one step further than the previous time.”