dust - The best London Tube photo ever?

Could this photograph from 1937 be the best ever composition taken on London’s tube? It’s certainly very unusual. The photographer, E.O.Hoppe, a German who settled in London, was noted for many iconic images of the time. Hoppe’s 1937 photo – British Museum station subway What is Hoppe’s photograph telling us?Read More →

IMG 3827 - London's Old Bailey: Does the Fleet River run beneath?

Stephen Fry’s recent ITV programme “Key to the City” – (6 August 2013 + itvPlayer) looked at many unusual aspects of the City of London, including the Old Bailey. One of the surprises was The High Bailiff of Southwark Charles Henty, & Fry himself, opening a hatch in the cellars toRead More →

pigeon - Pigeons make lovely subjects!

In the days before Ken Livingstone decided to make it, well, illegal, to feed pigeons, Trafalgar Square was positively brimming with the birds and people came from afar just to feed our city’s grey feathered friends and have their photographs taken covered from head to toe with the birds. Certainly since Ken’s pogrom itRead More →

IMG 5618 - Selfridges and the Oxford Street Hill

Selfridges store was built in what was the unfashionable end of Oxford Street. Despite being surrounded by exquisite properties in Marylebone and Mayfair, this part of Oxford Street was the home of the poor and even though the street gained a prominence for shopping, the better stores stayed to theRead More →

selfridges - Flat pack store built for ITV's popular Mr Selfridge

The popular TV series Mr Selfridge has everyone watching in awe. The re-creation of the famous Oxford Street store is perhaps one of the programme’s biggest assets. The exterior of the store has been faithfully recreated down to the last detail – in CGI of course! However something seemed seriouslyRead More →

rockinghorse - London's 'British Lion' 1909/2012

Summer of 2012 – I was asked to do a brief project as a homage to a photographer. After some thought I choose Alvin Langdon Coburn and his iconic London at the turn-of-century pictures, particularly those of Trafalgar Square. Coburn’s “British Lion” London Aspie’s 2012 version Who was Coburn? Wikipedia says: “Alvin LangdonRead More →

abbeyroad - Abbey Road - the crossing's authenticity

The cover picture of the Beatles’ Abbey Road has been called an icon of the 1960s. “It’s a very simple, stylised shot and is a shot people can relate to…” says Sarah Wheeler, at Bloomsbury Auctions, where a rare shot showing the Beatles walking in the reverse direction was auctioned.Read More →

hiddenlives - Hidden Lives: The Untold Story of Urban Refugees

Hidden Lives: The Untold Story of Urban Refugees is an exhibition at St Pancras International – 6th to 31st January 2013 The project is a collaboration between the International Rescue Commission, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, and award-winning photographer Andrew McConnell. The IRC says the work “is about challengingRead More →

meudon - Revisiting Meudon

Meudon is a major icon in the history of photograph and its often used as an example in the evolution of photographic composition. I wanted to see if Andre Kertész’s famous 1928 Paris scene still existed, so turned to Google maps for this task. Street View doesnt actually take one to where Kertész tookRead More →