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Hazuan Hashim’s Whitechapel Skies

May 25, 2013
by the gentle author

For many years, Hazuan Hashim has lived on the eleventh floor of a tower block in Whitechapel – looking to the west, he can see the financial towers of the City of London and looking to the east, he sees the new Royal London Hospital. “I love living up high in London,” he admitted to me, “the first thing I do when I wake up is to go to the window and take a picture. Then I come back for lunch and take a couple more shots, but the most exciting time is between five and eight o’clock when the light is changing every ten minutes.”

7:57pm, 27th April

8:22pm,  27th April

7:46pm, 29th April

2:43pm, 8th May

6:56pm, 8th May

10:02am, 11th May

4:30pm, 11th May

4:31pm, 11th May

4:32pm, 11th May

4:35pm, 11th May

4:42pm, 11th May

6:00pm, 11th May

6:01pm, 11th May

6:32pm, 11th May

6:42pm, 11th May

7:11pm, 11th May

8:46am, 13th May

6:10pm, 13th May

6:22pm, 13th May

6:37pm, 13th May

photographs copyright © Hazuan Hashim

15 Responses leave one →
  1. Jeannette permalink
    May 25, 2013

    you can see where shakespeare et al get their effects.

    Gemme of all joy, jasper of jocunditie,
    Most myghty carbuncle of vertue and valour;
    Strong Troy in vigour and in strenuytie;
    Of royall cities rose and geraflour; 20
    Empress of townes, exalt in honour;
    In beawtie beryng the crone imperiall;
    Swete paradise precelling in pleasure;
    London, thou art the flour of Cities all.

    may we know more about mr. hashim and his love of weather?

  2. Marie permalink
    May 25, 2013


  3. Libby Hall permalink
    May 25, 2013

    Magical photographs of our magical East London.

    Who knows what or who may have emerged from the clouds in ‘7:11pm 11th May’ – like a scene from ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’.

  4. sprite permalink
    May 25, 2013

    Those dramatic skies make up for the loss of our Turner skies after the clean air act. I also love the way they dwarf those structures that appear so imposing from the ground and remind us that nature rules over the human scales, not the other way round.

    There must be someone who’s taken photographs of the amazing sunsets London got before the clean air act. I had not seen anything like them before or since.

  5. Lucy Johnson permalink
    May 25, 2013

    Go Hazuan!

  6. May 25, 2013

    WOW! more please…

  7. Jansos permalink
    May 25, 2013

    Fantastic cloud formations – really menacing!

  8. Judith Atkinson permalink
    May 25, 2013

    Superb photographs, I wonder how many people look up at the sky in a city? Perhaps the high buildings hide most of it .

  9. Elizabeth Varadan permalink
    May 25, 2013

    These were lovely. They really show what a beautiful city London is!

  10. May 25, 2013

    wonderful photos – what is the bullet shaped building in the photo 10:02am, 11th May – interesting architecture

  11. Elizabeth Strohsahl permalink
    May 25, 2013

    In my annual visits to England (from the U.S.) clouds always feature prominently in all my photos. Thee’s something about your English skies – beautiful!

  12. John Campbell permalink
    May 25, 2013

    The building you ask about Julie is a major London landmark. An office development called St Mary Axe, or better known as the gherkin. In fact, much like the pickle it gets its name from, Londoners either love it or loathe it.

  13. May 27, 2013

    Breathtaking photos. I always enjoy a glimpse of the same place from multiple times of the day and throughout different seasons. Also, that dude has a great view!

  14. David permalink
    February 15, 2014

    Super shots Haz. Your romance with London continues!

  15. mazz permalink
    June 21, 2014

    these fab photos of Hazuan Hashim ‘should’ be in an archive for future londoners and others to watch the changing skyline……surely there is a publisher that could produce such a book so that one copy can be placed in the british library archive……

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