Great Court, British Museum

Black and white photo of part of the Great Court at the British Museum

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Photo details

Location: Great Court, British Museum, London

Camera: Nikon Z7

Lens: Z 24-70 f/4

The story behind Great Court, British Museum

The Great Court at the British Museum is one of the best public spaces in London. The glass and steel roof lets through a wonderful soft and subtle light, while casting shadows that interplay beautifully with the curves and columns of the buildings. Not surprisingly, it’s a hotspot for photography.

The obvious shot is of the central, circular building and the stairs that sweep down either side of it, taken from the viewing gallery above the entrance to the Great Court. Take the widest lens you have – my 24-70 wasn’t wide enough to get it all in.

In such a popular location, you’ll be hard pressed to find an original composition but I had a fun half hour capturing images like this one. There are also cool shots to be had on the nearby stairs and of the columns outside the main entrance.