London Panoramic Photographer


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Ever wondered what it would be like to be a Statue in Trafalgar Square ? Well… now you can, as part of the ‘One & Other’ live art project by artist and sculptor Antony Gormley. For 100 days and nights, 2400 people from all over the UK are taking turns to be a live statue for 1 hour.

Antony Gormley Live Art Project: Statues Eye View in Trafalgar Square in London
Panoramic photo by Tom Mills.

360 Cities were contacted by live statue ‘Helen Butcher’ who was raising money and awareness for the Fibromyalgia Association. She had the great idea to do a 360 degree panorama from the the forth plinth, but needed some help to do it. I was very happy to help out and lend her my equipment and stitch together the results of her shots, and donate the image to raise money for her charity. I think she did a great job ! You can see Helen’s hour of fame on the plinth and the shots being taken by visiting the one&other website She is also hosting this panorama on her website, where she will be selling this image and others in order to raise as much as she can for the Fibromyalgia Association You can make a donation to Helens fundraising effort at

Being a bit of a news junkie, I often have BBC news playing in the background till late into the night. One of the programs they have and I try to catch is Click Online, a program about the latest tech, gadgets and websites. I have often wondered what they would think of 360 Cities or any virtual panoramic websites, particularly when they do a feature on some cat or knitting pattern website. I wondered if perhaps they did not like what they saw.

Well now those fears have been allayed and I am delighted to report that click online have discobverd the virtues of armchair tourism and made a feature for there Webscape news item.

Click the image below to find out what they said…

360 Cities featured on BBC

360 Cities featured on BBC

Guida rotate showing off one of my 360 degree panoramas at the Museums and Heritage show at Earls Court. Using this for a virtual tour is great fun ! Navigate and find information using the touchscreen and turn it around a full 360 degrees to view the panorama.

The GuidA Rotate revolves on a horizontal plane and tracks a virtual view of the space it sits in. Use the touchscreen to access multimedia hotspots linked to the direction and material they are looking at, which can be video, animation, images, text or audio.

  • It is sensitive to 360 degree movement, with the image of the space visitors are standing in, always in synchronisation
  • A very robust housing able to withstand public use and can be easily customised
  • Can take visitors from an actual space to other places on the site
  • Allows maps and plans to always be facing the right way up for the visitor
  • Ideal for multilingual delivery of information

Sadly my video skills with a phone need to be honed, and the lights above reflecting on the screen did not help either.

“Spielberg, watch out !”

Not a job for the faint hearted ! In order to increase the FOV on my new Tokina 10-17mm lens, I had to shave the lens hood off. This enables me to shoot a 360 degree panorama in only 4 shots, which makes hand held shots easier as well as aerial shots.

Although I got the lens on special offer for £400, its still a lot of money to burn. So after careful consideration and lots of reading from helpful tutorials posted on the internet, I achieved the cleanest of cuts possible, actually my partners father is an engineer and had a lathe in his garage. He laughed me out of the room when I suggested a humble hacksaw.

First we put electrical tape on a flat surface and with a compass outline the shape of the lens. After cutting this out we had a perfect fit to cover the lens and protect the surface. Next we applied more tape and cardboard around the side of the lens so it could be gripped in the lathe without marking. Using a lathe you can very accurately take cuttings off the lens to 1000th of a millimeter. Next was the nerve racking part as I was’nt sure the lens could handle being turned round at speed for some time,  anyway we carefully took the cast aluminium hood away, and slowly but surely found a point just past the lens glass that meant the hood was not protruding anymore.

Here are some phone images from our work flow.

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This is a great video demonstrating some of the great photography and features of 360 Cities, nicely chosen track too 🙂