Yes, this photo is real.
At first I thought it was a clever digital manipulation of light and shadow, but these are the actual sunshiny shapes being projected from the railing of Westminster Bridge in London, England.
Do you think the original architect had any idea?
Sir Charles Barry,
Sir Charles Barry (1795-1860) also designed the new Houses of Parliament after the old ones were destroyed by fire. I do not detect the presence of a trickster in his face.
Here are some more photos, to prove the image is not a clever Photoshoppery:
- Westminster Bridge Shadows, pho-Tony, Flickr>>
- The bridge of cocks, Andy Blizzard, Livejournal>>