Striking aerial images show how London skyline has changed in a decade

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These striking aerial pictures taken by a photographer with nerves of steel show how London’s skyline has transformed drastically over the course of a decade.

The photographs, captured by Jason Hawkes on some of his weekly helicopter trips over the capital, show the metamorphosis of a city now swamped with luxury high-rise projects that ten years ago would have seemed like fiction.

At just shy of 310 metres, the Shard juts from the city centre in all of the pictures taken since its 2012 completion.

Although its stark aesthetic divides opinion, Mr Hawkes’ photos of London before the Shard was built make the city’s skyline look bare in comparison.

Other iconic, newer skyscrapers such as the Walkie Talkie and Cheesegrater are absent from the images taken in the early 2000s.

In one view of the Thames and Southbank from more than 17 years ago, even the London Eye is missing.

In other amazing pictures, the Razor, the Heron and St George’s Wharf – all built over the past few years – are not yet in place.

Mr Hawkes gets his snaps using the terrifying method of leaning out of the chopper door to get the best views of London from high above the rooftops.

By now author of more than 50 books and a multitude of ad campaigns, he photographs the city from above most weeks. 

Mr Hawkes said this gallery results from “chance matches in composition and light that show the amazing changing face of London”.

More of his work can be seen on his website or by following him on Twitter.

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