Tate Modern

I’m celebrating six years of blogging with a look at the Tate Modern – a fabulous museum housed in the former Southbank Power Station – that I visited on my recent trip to England.

The old turbine hall is now the dramatic entrance of the art gallery.


The themes of space and light

Are also present in the art galleries themselves. (They used to be the boiler rooms of the power station).


Even the back of the turbine hall

Is full of light and enormous space.

(That round ball shape on the right is actually a small child.)

Small kid

As the gallery was closing,

The sun created its own artwork

Of light and shadows and beauty.


For more artistic shots, please visit: Our World Tuesday.

99 responses

  1. Many old structures should be put to a similar use rather than tearing them down. The light in this station is incredible!

    August 4, 2014 at 15:23

    • I can’t find your blog anymore… Help!

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

      August 4, 2014 at 18:34

  2. Very nicely captured, Lady Fi!

    August 4, 2014 at 15:33

  3. Dear Lady Fi
    Thanks a lot for this great post. We always visit the Tate Modern when we are in London. It’s a MUST GO we think.
    All the best from the North Norfolk coast
    the Fab Four of Cley

    August 4, 2014 at 15:37

  4. Amazing fall of lights into the gallery! Superb shots Ladyfi

    August 4, 2014 at 15:53

  5. happy blogiversary to you!

    August 4, 2014 at 16:25

  6. These are some amazing images! I love the interior experience of light and shadows mixing with people and space. The viewer is drawn into both depth of field and the vertical and horizontal axis of the picture: very multi-dimensional. Finally, I zoomed in on “the small ball” and was delighted to see a baby! What a surprise?! & indeed, a delight.

    August 4, 2014 at 17:57

  7. Indeed! Some galleries are well worth visiting just to see the space!

    August 4, 2014 at 18:08

  8. Very athmospheric with the lights and shadows!

    August 4, 2014 at 18:18

  9. Great views!

    August 4, 2014 at 18:22

  10. I love your shots of the Tate Modern and love the light and shadows you have captured!

    August 4, 2014 at 19:01

  11. love the light. great images

    August 4, 2014 at 19:11

  12. Dear LadyFi, way back in the summer of 1977, I got to visit England and, of course, going to the Tate was part of the wonder. But I don’t remember that building and so the Tate must have moved since that time. The architecture itself is true art isn’t it? Thank you for these evocative photographs. Peace.

    August 4, 2014 at 19:21

    • You must have been at the original Tate, now called Tate Britain. The Tate Modern is much newer.

      Sent from my iPhone

      August 4, 2014 at 20:49

  13. daryledelstein

    this is on my list for my (hopefully this spring) visit to London

    August 4, 2014 at 19:39

  14. What an impressive building and loved your photos. Congratulations on your blogging anniversary.

    August 4, 2014 at 20:08

  15. I was here last Friday! Mainly resting after a climb to the top of St Pauls!! Take care x

    August 4, 2014 at 20:09

  16. Happy anniversary!! I love the images you shared today, especially the last one.

    August 4, 2014 at 20:21

  17. The Tate Gallery is one of truly brilliant, well done Fi.

    August 4, 2014 at 20:22

  18. Great shots of the fantastic museum.

    August 4, 2014 at 20:35

  19. If ONLY people would appreciate SPACE and LIGHT EVERY DAY! An awe inspiring place…thanks for taking me there!…:)JP

    August 4, 2014 at 20:56

  20. WOW! Many congratulations. Great photos.

    August 4, 2014 at 21:02

  21. Wow. Thank you for the insiders view – and for the six years of beauty you have brought us.
    Here’s to the next six. And the ones after that as well.

    August 4, 2014 at 21:04

  22. Congratulations on 6 years, Fi!
    I am so glad to have met you here.

    August 4, 2014 at 21:33

  23. very cool…i like how the natural elements are used to accentuate the theme….some cool shots…
    and congrats on 6 years…that is awesome….

    August 4, 2014 at 21:49

  24. I love this museum, although it’s been awhile since I’ve been there. Nice to see it again!:)

    August 4, 2014 at 21:52

  25. Yes, I love that beautiful and spectacular entrance to the museum, and your photos are gorgeous, I really like the last one with the spectacular play of light and shadow!

    August 4, 2014 at 22:03

  26. I enjoyed this post featuring light and shadows! I would love to see this in person.

    August 4, 2014 at 22:17

  27. Wonderful captures of the light, so artistic:-)

    August 4, 2014 at 22:46

  28. Jim

    Simply incredible, Fiona. What wonderful usage of this space! The light is amazing.

    August 4, 2014 at 23:34

  29. Happy Anniversary on your blog.. The museum looks neat, an interesting building.. have a happy week!

    August 4, 2014 at 23:53

  30. Thank you for so well sharing the inner space of this famous landmark I have longed to enter. Have a most enjoyable journey.
    ALOHA from Honolulu
    =^..^= .

    August 5, 2014 at 00:39

  31. Some wonderful shots, great place to celebrate your blog anniversary
    Congrats on the 6 years, I am on my 8th year, time flies ‘when one is having fun’

    August 5, 2014 at 03:13

  32. miyahde

    Happy 6 year blogiversary and beautiful museum♡♡♡ BTW, I LOVEd to read the poster introduced us which depicting the differences between Swedish and English. I’ve never hear of Swedish, I wish I coud p;)

    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs to from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

    August 5, 2014 at 04:16

  33. I have sweet memories of the Tate Modern and the Millennial Bridge leading up to it when I visited in 2007, the year I presented a paper at Oxford University. Thanks for the photos that elicit such recollections.

    August 5, 2014 at 04:22

  34. Rahul

    Congratulations for completing six years of blogging Lady Fi! Wishing you many more!

    August 5, 2014 at 06:45

  35. Beautiful … i love the light effect.

    August 5, 2014 at 07:30

  36. Absolutely stunning photos. I haven’t been to the Tate for ages. Want to go again now.

    August 5, 2014 at 11:01

  37. The large turbine room is one of the incredible features of the gallery. You chose just the right time to capture the light. Your photos are exquisite.

    August 5, 2014 at 11:17

  38. Those are really fabulous shots, so much contrast and glowing light!

    August 5, 2014 at 11:25

  39. Wonderful shots of the museum. I really like that first shot.

    August 5, 2014 at 11:37

  40. Wonderful light effects!

    August 5, 2014 at 11:40

  41. I heard about this. But never visited. Next time I am in London… I must go and check this out.:)

    August 5, 2014 at 12:06

  42. Great shots……..thanks for sharing!

    August 5, 2014 at 12:49

  43. This looks very much/reminds me of an art gallery in Beacon NY — The DIA that was once an old brick factory and has great space & unique lighting! Lovely! Congrats on 6 years!!

    August 5, 2014 at 12:49

  44. yogiabb2014

    What a spectacular space!!

    August 5, 2014 at 13:12

  45. What an amazing museum. And happy blogging anniversary!!:)

    August 5, 2014 at 13:28

  46. So powerful Fiona. You have taken the interior design and brought it to life with light and shadow.
    Congrats on the 6 years!!
    Val x

    August 5, 2014 at 13:48

  47. What an amazing and fantastic place!

    August 5, 2014 at 13:52

  48. That’s gorgeous…the light streaming…

    August 5, 2014 at 14:51

  49. Lovely lines and shadows. So stark, yet expansive.
    I’ve been blogging for 10 years!

    August 5, 2014 at 14:59

  50. cool shadows:)

    August 5, 2014 at 15:05

  51. Wow fantastic architecture, the capture of light is stunning.

    August 5, 2014 at 15:21

  52. I love the Tate!

    August 5, 2014 at 15:34

  53. Dies und Das

    Gratulation zum Jubiläum – und zu den fantastischen Bildern !
    Weiterhin viel Freude am Bloggen,

    August 5, 2014 at 16:40

  54. These are absolutely gorgeous shots! Very fitting, given the subject…:-)

    August 5, 2014 at 18:12

  55. What a wonderful use for the old building!!! I love the beach images in your next post, too!!!

    August 5, 2014 at 18:33

  56. Wow! What an amazing place, made even more so by your exquisite photos. You always show me places I’ll never see in ways I could never see them. Beautiful!

    August 5, 2014 at 18:34

  57. What a wonderful use of space! Happy 6th blog anniversary–so glad to have found you!

    August 5, 2014 at 18:42

  58. What glorious photos of a spectacular space! Love it!

    August 5, 2014 at 19:17

  59. Absolutely beautiful photography ~ composition, light, lines ~ magnificent! ~

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

    August 5, 2014 at 19:30

  60. Great, artistic photos! Tropikvärmen är tillbaka…

    August 5, 2014 at 19:31

  61. Great post for the 6th blog anniversary!
    Have a nice day!

    August 5, 2014 at 20:40

  62. Great series and a wonderful light.

    August 5, 2014 at 21:11

  63. Wow – what an imaginative and creative use of old premises. Wonderful captures showing off light and shadows beautifully. Hope your trip to the UK was a joy.

    August 6, 2014 at 01:14

  64. Al

    What an amazing place – the light in the last photo is spectacular. Good luck with your Swedish wildfire, I’ve been reading about it and can understand what the people are going through.

    August 6, 2014 at 01:29

    • Thank you. The fire is the worst one in modern history and is still out of control with people being evacuated.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

      August 6, 2014 at 08:52

  65. I am not familiar with that museum, but the open spaces must be breath-taking in-person. Your photos certainly stir curiosity.

    August 6, 2014 at 03:02

  66. It really is an amazing use of space! Beautiful.

    August 6, 2014 at 03:26

  67. Fantastic interior shots.. great shadows and love the composition.

    August 6, 2014 at 03:45

  68. Dazzling interior for a museum – The sheer scale of the place is amazing – your artful photos really capture and do justice to its majestic size. Thanks for sharing your visit with us.

    August 6, 2014 at 04:37

  69. Congratulations on your blogging anniversary!:-)
    That is quite an enormous structure, and the lighting is impressive!


    August 6, 2014 at 04:37

  70. Wow! This is one amazing gallery!

    August 6, 2014 at 04:42

  71. such wonderful glimpses of your time there.

    August 6, 2014 at 05:43

  72. That’s a seemingly big space! It can house a lot of treasures!

    August 6, 2014 at 10:57

  73. Even if the round ball is a small child, thats still a big space!

    Our rescuer service is the RACV – the V being for “Victoria”.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    August 6, 2014 at 11:49

  74. Amazing shots of an aazing building. Great work !!

    August 6, 2014 at 11:51

  75. It’s such a long time I haven’t been in the Tate Gallery, must be a big change !

    August 6, 2014 at 11:55

  76. This is amazing! Why the light filtering through the glass panes would make the artwork glow with their own beauty. I’d love to go around inside personally.

    August 6, 2014 at 12:30

  77. I love it too! These are stunning images.

    August 6, 2014 at 14:15

  78. You have a wonderful eye for an interesting photograph and I have loved my trip round the Tate Modern with you. I hope to visit myself one day.
    Wren x

    August 6, 2014 at 16:56

  79. A fine post of the image of this amazing place. That small child was such a surprise. The size of this place is impressive.

    August 6, 2014 at 17:01

  80. you certainly captured the sense of ‘space’ beautifully… I would love this place

    August 6, 2014 at 18:03

  81. Impressive building and photos, beautiful light and point of view.

    August 6, 2014 at 18:11

  82. I really like this series. A great vision on the Tate Modern

    August 6, 2014 at 21:10

  83. Quite an impressive space! Congrats on your blogging anniversary, it’s a blessing to have you share all you do!

    August 6, 2014 at 21:36

  84. Space is art. It is power. It is peace if we let it. Thanks for sharing these.

    August 7, 2014 at 04:56

  85. Marvelous shots!!

    August 7, 2014 at 07:19

  86. Wonderful photos Ladyfi!! I love all the silhouettes and shapes and shadows… so well done. Congratulations on 6 years of blogging:)

    August 7, 2014 at 18:07

  87. The lighting in art in itself! WOW. x

    August 8, 2014 at 14:52

  88. I’d heard of the Tate Modern but didn’t realize it’s in an old power station. Your last picture reminds me of a few well-known ones showing shafts of light inside New York’s old Pennsylvania Station, which was unfortunately torn down in the 1960s.

    August 8, 2014 at 14:53

  89. JM

    I love this building. Your last shot is outstanding!

    Sorry I’ve not been commenting lately but a tendinitis (shoulder + elbow) is forcing me to stay away from the computer as much as possible – repeated movements of the arm is all I have to avoid…

    August 8, 2014 at 19:54

    • Oh gosh – sorry to hear about your tendinitis! Hope it gets better soon.

      August 8, 2014 at 20:04

  90. Lovely play of light and shadows. Beautifully captured!

    August 9, 2014 at 08:07

  91. What a cool buiilding! Happy blog-iversary!!

    August 11, 2014 at 13:30

  92. Pat

    Hi, this is a beautiful spacious place! I adore this last photo! a great atmosphere and almost a fiction film !!! well done

    August 18, 2014 at 22:47

  93. Yay! My part of the world. I love how you played with shadows and light in these photos!

    August 19, 2014 at 12:08

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