Thursday, 3 November 2011

What's wrong with this picture...?

When you're waiting on Underground station platforms, you're kind of forced to look at the posters, but most are forgotten by the time the train actually arrives. When I spotted this one yesterday, though, I had a nagging thought that there was something not quite right about it.

I mean, it seems a fairly ordinary aerial view of London, representing something that the organisers of the 2012 Festival think is appropriate to their event. The capital, obviously, embodied by familiar architecture such as Tower Bridge in the foreground, London Bridge beyond, City Hall, the new Shard...

But there was something missing, I was sure of it... something that should be clearly visible, but isn't...

Take a closer look:

Unfortunately, I haven't got a genuine picture from the same view, or even from Tower Bridge, but this one is taken sort of from the reverse angle:

Now, I might be wrong, but I'm pretty certain HMS Belfast hasn't been moved lately, and certainly not while the Shard's been under construction. So obviously one of the biggest tourist attractions in London doesn't meet with the approval of the organisers of the 2012 Festival, not even the fact of the ship's involvement in a little kerfuffle 70-odd years ago, the result of which means we actually have the freedom to enjoy things like the 2012 Festival.

It's even more surprising that the press doesn't seem to have noticed this piece of outrageous Photoshop revisionism.