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September 22, 2006

Amazing composite photo of the Thames

Alisdair MacDonald composite photo of the River Thames

The River Thames in London is a real working river, filled with commercial shipping traffic, commuter ferries, tour boats, naval vessels, you name it. And in recent years the amount of river traffic has exploded, leading to all sorts of congestion problems.

The Daily Mail newspaper in London has a story about all of this, but what caught my eye was the brilliant photograph accompanying the story. Photographer Alisdair MacDonald snapped a shot of every boat that passed by London Bridge in one hour, and then composited them into one image to give a powerful visual sense of the overcrowding of the Thames. I think this is a great example of how a manipulated news image can illustrate a story better than a straight photograph. You can see an somewhat enlarged version of the photo (and read the story) here.

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at September 22, 2006 07:55 AM