The London Underground


Photography on Public Transport

Using public transport in London is a matter of course for me. If I won the lottery tomorrow (I haven’t got a ticket so I won’t hold my breath) I would still much rather travel by train than by cab both for the opportunity to people-watch, and to visit some of the stations which are a work of art in themselves.

London is Red

I didn’t realise how prevalent red was in London until I lived in Manhattan for a while, where the visuals seem to hang on the contrast between dark grey and the bright yellow of the ubiquitous cabs. The contrast is particularly good after rain; there’s something very beautiful about it all. But for London, red is the main event.

This prevalence is due to the public transport system – the red buses, the red circular element of the tube station signs and the Santander Cycles. But red is also the colour for post boxes and telephone boxes, and is also an important colour in many of the uniforms you’ll see like Horse Guards, The Queens Guard, and the Yeoman Warders at the Tower of London.

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Southwark Station
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Baker Street
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Reflection, Westminster
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It took me ages to realise that the patterns on the seats are views of London!
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Acton somewhere, on my way to visit elderly relatives
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Tube selfie experiment. The colour is from the advert that was in the background as the train was pulling out of the station.
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Another tube selfie, playing with reflections

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3 comments

  1. I love the Big Ben and Southwark station photos. Also your idea to “degrade” the iPhone image is very inspiring and came out looking great!

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    • Thanks Melissa. There’s a photographer I want to mention here who took some amazing images on London Transport buses, just so I can say ‘have you seen the photos by….’ but I can’t recall his name! I’ll add it to this when I remember because they’re worth a look.

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  2. Really enjoyed these. I like your experimentations! I love the London Underground; as a feat of engineering, the art and design, it’s history, the nostalgia it evokes. Always has to be part of any visit to London. šŸ˜Š

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