23 brilliant pictures of London's lights by Nicola Ferrara

The city's most stunning landmarks in their best light.
By Hayley Spencer |
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Italian street photographer Nicola Ferrari is a pro at capturing London's amazing light displays. He specialises in after-hours shots, waiting for passers by to collide with prominent landmarks to create perfectly timed shots.

Southwark Bridge light display
Nicola Ferrara

All of the lights

Arch in London
Nicola Ferrara

Blind date

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London Bridge
Nicola Ferrara

Dancing in the moonlight

Thames view of London Eye
Nicola Ferrara

Day and night

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View of London Bridge
Nicola Ferrara

Follow the lines

Harrods, London
Nicola Ferrara

Harrods

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London in the rain
Nicola Ferrera

Here comes the rain again

Undergound platform, London
Nicola Ferrera

High speed

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Carousel
Nicola Ferrara

Light play by night

Je Suis Charlie tribute at London Bridge
Nicola Ferrara

Tower Bridge light show

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Millenium Bridge
Nicola Ferrara

Millennium Bridge

Parliament at dusk in London
Nicola Ferrara

Parliament at dusk

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Out of the tunnel
Nicola Ferrara

Out of the tunnel

Big Ben
Nicola Ferrara

What time is it?

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London street
Nicola Ferrara

Quiet in the districts

Carnaby Street lights
Nicola Ferrara

Souvenir of Carnaby

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Big Ben
Nicola Ferrara

Speeding by Big Ben

Sunset in London
Nicola Ferrara

Sunset dream

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West End at night
Nicola Ferrara

Thriller nights

Tower Bridge and trail
Nicola Ferrara

Speeding down Tower Bridge

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Tube platform in London
Nicola Ferrara

Speed of light

Notting Hill Gate underground
Nicola Ferrara

Train approaching

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Train going over a London bridge
Nicola Ferrara

Night riders

Behind the lens

The photographer: 'I’m Italian, from a little city called Bari. I moved to London three years ago to persue my dream of living in the big city. I fell in love with photography in 2011 after taking a class with friends. I tried different genres only to discover that what I was really interested in was my very starting point: street photography. I’m interested in the hustle and bustle of cities and the everyday.

'During the day I work for an energy company. The dream is to become a photo journalist and I’m doing all I can to pursue it. I’m also planning to open an online shop soon, selling limited edition prints. I already have a blog where I share my photography tips.'

The setup: 'I use a Nikon D600 daily with 24-70mm F2.8 and 50mm F1.8 lenses. I use Lightroom and Photoshop to edit my photos. Though I try to keep my photographs as simple as possible, so I don’t like over-process my images.'

The work: 'I try not to plan my shoots - I just pick a route and walk. A street photographer needs good legs as well as good eyes. When I see something that catches my eyes, I stop until the right character jumps into the scene. I’m very patient so I can wait also for long time until I get the right shot. I’m actually doing a 365-day photo project, which involves taking pictures every day. I’m using Flickr as a sort of diary to share my best photo every day. I love to shoot at night, but my camera is always with me - just in case.'

Love these photos? Check out Nicola's work on Tumblr.

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