I hate public transport, particularly during the rush hour. However, scattered here and there through the patchwork of modernisation, dilapidation and restoration, I find little relics of a time when I’d like to think travel was more peaceful, dignified and less sweaty.
Here are a couple of those relics.
It’s been a while (life just gets in the way sometimes), but here’s a couple I’ve taken since New Year.
During the dark, winter months, it’s hard not to take night time shots. One evening, I crossed the Thames on the other side of a bridge to my normal route and was met by this view of the London Eye and Parliament, glowing by the river. Clearly a lot of people agreed that it was a great shot, because there were various photographers all the way along the bridge, trying to snap it.
The other shot is a view of Nelson, brooding over the view down Whitehall to the Houses of Parliament from Trafalgar Square at dusk.
This is one of my favourite spots in London- the OXO tower, leading down to the London Eye. If I have a day to show friends around London, this is almost guaranteed to appear at some point in the day. One afternoon I found myself walking up the other side of the river and the whole stretch was bathed in golden sunshine. I couldn’t help but stop and try to capture it.
Two photos from a bus journey on a sunny morning.
They were unremarkable photos, but I found an app called Colorsplash that helped made them much more interesting. I will try not to rely on it in the future.
An older photo that matches the weather. The view from London Bridge down to Tower Bridge.
It’s autumn in London, and I spotted this outside a greengrocer’s near Piccadilly.
Trying out new things
Since I started a job working in the centre of London, I have taken on a project to capture some of the sights I pass every day. In my opinion, London is the most diverse city in the world and I would be missing a great opportunity if I didn’t record some of what I experience on a daily basis.
It would also be selfish to try to keep it to myself, so I decided to find an outlet for the resulting “product” and my friend Amanda suggested starting an account on here.
Even though I have never even looked at a tumblr before (in fact, it bugs me a little that there’s no e in tumbl
er), I decided this was as good a place as any to find an outlet.
I have no idea how long I will keep this going for or how regularly I will update, but I hope that it will give me an extra motivation to keep an eye out for interesting photo opportunities and perhaps hone my photography/editing skills a bit along the way. For the moment, I’m not even bothered if anyone takes and uses my pictures elsewhere— the object is to record and share what I see day to day, not to gain any reputation as a photographer.
I hope you enjoy discovering London and my world as much as I hope I do too.