As Londoners prepare to move into England's highest tier of Covid restrictions from Wednesday, they might long for a different view of the city. Aerial photographer Paul Campbell might offer some respite, as he's just unveiled a spectacular new series of pictures showing the capital from above.
Looking down on London, we see amazing shapes, designs and landmarks that blend to form a unique design all of their own. The incredible shots celebrate the city's most influential architects old and new, from Sir Christopher Wren to Dame Zaha Hadid – yet we see their work like never before. The images are now available to enjoy in a new book called Bird's Eye London.
"For me, the greatest wonder of all is the unique beauty and design to be found on the rooftops of our architectural icons," Paul tells Creative Boom. "This is very much an appreciation of the work of architects old and new and their contribution to our great city which we love. Revealing rooftop secrets of wonderfully landscaped gardens and ornate rooftop designs which begs the question: perhaps architects design for the birds in the sky?"
A project that has been five years in the making, each photograph by Paul reveals a unique perspective of London and acknowledges the genius of engineers and countless artisans' work. Accompanied with fascinating nuggets of historical and cultural facts, the book sees the city as a living breathing organism. It will remind us why London is one of the best cities in the world.