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Shard 2012 offers photographs from the future

The rapid climb of the Shard’s core structure over the recent months has been exciting to watch.

The area by London Bridge station where there used to be little for the pedestrian to see but long stretches of hoarding is now overshadowed by the beginnings of the great spike pushing upwards into the clouds.

It’s a project that has caught the attention of the public – whether they love or hate it.

But one person has taken a little more interest than most.

Photographer Nick Wood has just published the results of his Shard 2012 “future photography” project in which he – together with architectural CG studio Hayes Davidson – blended current photographs with CG images of the finished building, to produce images of how the Shard will look in its environment.

Wood took the photographs and selected the best ones, then Hayes Davidson completed the building using CGI.

The results are exciting to see, and emphasise what a dominating landmark the tower will become.

You can also toggle between images of the Shard at different stages of construction.

“Where and how might Londoners photograph [the Shard] in the future to capture its relationship with everyday London?”

Nick Wood, photographer

Wood says the project’s origins lay in the question “Where and how might Londoners photograph [the Shard] in the future to capture its form, beauty, juxtaposition with the historic, as well as its relationship with everyday London?”

But for those of us equally interested in the construction stage, the images also answer the question of what vantage points to aim for to see how the structure looks right now.

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