A train trip to North London.
Whilst waiting to meet my wife for the train home, I was taken by the wavy reflections of the many passersby on the floor of the station whenever the sun shone in brightly through the skylight. Thus end the series of photographs from my London excursion 3 weeks ago in mid-October.
I don’t know the history but there are several graffiti areas in the vicinity of Waterloo Station and the Southbank. I’ve previously shown the graffiti tunnel. I found more along the River Thames edge that had been turned into an open air, underground skate park.
Walking back to Waterloo station on the Southbank and the sun came out illuminating the dome of St Paul’s, I stopped to take an in-camera jpeg sweep panorama.
Finally get to see myself in the window of a London Gallery – alas, it’s only my reflection (nor was it really a gallery – it looked more like a hotel lobby to me).
There’s more going on here than meets the eye. Below this statue on the plinth is found a plaque reading, “Non Plaudite, Modo Pecuniam Jacite,” which translates from Latin as, “Do not applaud, just throw money,” perhaps a comment on the assumption of the art world into that of commerce so nearby?
I discovered this piece changes in response to the viewer at Atlas Obscura (although I did not witness any change myself).
An example of newish architecture coordinating with its surroundings, perhaps.
This scene looked like it might have potential for the series Urban Tree Portrait but I couldn’t get the right distance and angle for the image I wanted.
In the last post, I discussed liminal spaces, a subject that we have been discussing in my Photography MFA class. Imagine my delight in finding the Limin restaurant! (Click either image below to see them both enlarged – you may have to click the post title first if you’re seeing this in an email).
I’ve often posted here before on weird, open spaces, often called liminal spaces, that are neither here nor there, in between, on the threshold of elsewhere. A related concept is Foucault’s heterotopia, which I’ve also explored in earlier posts. Here, a look at a concrete terrace outside the Hayward Gallery cafeteria, separating it from the Waterloo Bridge. Get ready – more are coming.
After the Tate Modern last week, I crossed the Millennium Bridge, walking to the Barbican Centre. Here are a couple of standard views from the bridge.
We took a walk around the Central Park Reservoir with the light just perfect so I shot an in-camera sweep panorama looking towards the East-Southeast. Then, after about a 3/4 circuit, another shot of the southern park skyline with the impudent new needle-nose skyscrapers giving us the finger, below.
Great view from the apartment… and of the neighbours…