Dolphin Lamp

Okay, I know what you’re going to say. The title of the post is ‘Dolphin Lamp’ and I’m showing you a statue of a sturgeon.

You’re very observant, and have the right to be confused.

I have no idea why these intricately designed lamps which line the banks of the river Thames are called Dolphin Lamps, they just are. If you’ve ever been to London you’ve probably taken a stroll by this famous river, and possibly even looked at the Houses of Parliament that you see in the background of this image. Did you notice these lamps though?

The lamps were designed by Georg Vulliamy, and I think I read somewhere that he was inspired by the dolphin sculptures on the Fontana del Nettuno which is in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo…if you’ve ever seen them. If not, they look a lot like these sturgeons wrapped around each other.

Speaking of Rome, when I took this image on Thursday night last week I was out taking photos with the wonderfully talented and super nice Elia Locardi, and if you follow that linky link you will see that he and Ken Kaminesky are hosting a photo tour which starts in…you guessed it…Rome. Check it out if you like great views, great wine and great photographers.

We were also joined by thefella, so I guess you can’t win them all.

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 20s