From City Hall to Pop Brixton: Stunning images offer a 'dreamscape' vision of London

Harriet Brewis
A man stares unflinchingly at the camera amid the buzz of London life and the backdrop of the iconic Tower Bridge: Burnham Arlidge

This striking series of pictures offers a dreamlike vision of London thanks to hours of meticulous editing.

The multilayered images have the ethereal beauty of a painting, but are made up of up to 50 photos placed carefully on top of one another.

From a Tube passenger stepping solemnly into a train carriage, to a commuter striding hurriedly across the Millennium Bridge, this unique style of editing captures “singular moments” amid the hustle and bustle of city life.

They are the brainchild of Australian-born photographer Burnham Arlidge, 31, who explained his painstaking style to the Standard.

My Aldridge has tried to recreate the feeling of memory and dreams with his unique work (Burnham Arlidge )

“I've always been fascinated by how we view the world in singular moments, and the difference in how we remember those single moments,” the Bristol-based freelancer said.

“When I look back on my own memories, only certain details stand out – the face of a friend, the spire of a cathedral, or the random kid on a bicycle eating an ice cream.

“I like to re-create this feeling through my photography by manipulating space and time to create a kind of dreamscape where only a single element stands out in the photo.

“Almost like a half remembered dream, I like to distort the architecture slightly, and blur out the people in the photo to leave one single focal point.”

The Bristol-based photographer said he wanders the streets until a setting piques his interest (Burnham Arlidge )

Describing the photos as “portraits within their landscape”, the 31-year-one Exeter University graduate said he “wanders the streets” until a particular scene or spot catches his eye.

“I then stay in that location for an hour or two and take 200-300 photos of life going by,” he explained.

“Afterwards I edit all the photos and choose 40-50 images that I think will work well together. I then blend the photos in Photoshop to create the final image. I can tell you honestly that some turn out s***,” he laughed.

His stunning photos immortalise a single moment against an ever-changing backdrop (Burnham Arlidge )

The whole process takes between seven and 10 hours to complete, depending on the image, but it’s “worth it”, he said.

Mr Arlidge will be travelling to Antarctica in November with expedition specialists Swoop Antarctica as their new videographer and photographer.

“I'm excited to see what images I can get there,” he said. “It's a very different landscape to what I'm used to, but I think there are some exciting angles to be had."

To see more of Burnham Aldridge's work visit burnhamarlidge.com