Postcards from the Edge: Conspicuous Freedoms

Because British Winters are usually gloomy and wet, a rare sunny day in London can turn the city into a treasure trove of rediscovered perspectives. The blue and cloudless sky in the photograph below was captured on a rare occasion on a January day in London, a city where the abundance of clouds always makes one feel that the sky is much lower and closer to the ground than anywhere else in the world.

When looking up on a sunny Winter day, this can be what most Londoners can observe throughout the city: despite the ubiquitous surveillance camera posts that restrict freedoms and the aerial antennas that wish to expand them, apartment blocks suddenly become alive with light, and the crisp, cold days become immediately bearable.