UK Daily Mail
Saturday, Dec 12th, 2009
On Tuesday morning, a sunny day in London, Grant Smith decided to make use of the good light and set out to take some photographs of Christ Church on the corner of Newgate and King Edward Street.
Australian-born Smith has lived in the capital for more than 25 years. He is an award-winning architectural and construction photographer, but this was a personal project.
‘I’ve been making a study of the Wren churches in the City,’ he explains. ‘The church was rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren in the late 17th century after being destroyed in the Great Fire.
‘It was heavily damaged during the Blitz, so all that remains are two walls and a steeple – there’s a public garden where the rest of the church once stood – and it’s beautiful.’
But not everyone approved of this innocent activity.
Smith was standing on the corner with his cameras when he was approached by a security guard from the neighbouring Bank of America Merrill Lynch building. ‘He asked me for ID,’ says Smith.
‘I politely explained that I didn’t need to provide ID as I was standing in a public place. Then another, more senior, security guard came out.
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