Photography: Playing with Light, Movement & Pattern on the London Underground

I come from London and although I moved away 16 years ago, I still visit frequently. Although I could drive in, I prefer to take public transport for environmental reasons but also because on the train I can work, read a book or just sit and look out of the window. So I get a train from Salisbury and I arrive at Waterloo Station about an hour and a half later.

From there, if I’m on my way to visit relatives then I go to underground trains and the Metropolitan Line to find my way to West London. If not, I usually walk to wherever I’m staying, but I’ll always find myself using public transport during my visits to go somewhere.

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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. Not that London cabbies aren’t nice; they’re much nicer than cabbies in New York, but I just like the life I get to see on public transport.

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There’s a lot to photograph, and I’m still practicing with some subjects – they can be difficult to get right. Red is the colour of London, like yellow is the colour of New York. You can pick that up everywhere, but in the trains in particular.

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A brutal edit of the view coming out of Westminster Station in Snapped

SRS_Tube (28 of 36)SRS_Tube (22 of 36)Westminster tube has been refurbished and it’s now one of my favourites.

 

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Before Big Ben was covered in scaffolding

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This part of Baker Street station feels really old. The tiled parts of the station have Sherlock Holmes patterns as decoration.

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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

These are edits from this first photo, a bus going past on Westminster Bridge. I displayed the image on screen, and using my iPhone took a photograph of the screen. I did that over and over again – as each new image came up on photos, I took another digital photograph of it. I like the way it decays. I was looking at some work by Thomas Ruff at the time, so it’s inspired by that.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Melissa Selena says:

    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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    1. Sarah Scott says:

      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. 😊

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