Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Underworld


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Those who haven't visited London will know all about the 'Underground,' meaning the network of railways which serve as people-movers under the city streets, but there's far more to London's underground parts than that. There are subterannean walkways to get from A to B and avoid foul weather, such as the one from the nearest tube station to the corner by the Natural History Museum, and on whose length open the basements of nightclubs and bars, IIRC. This one connects Underground stations on two different lines in the East End, and this elegant marble corridor seems to be between the basements of department stores, their display windows fronting the hall. I took this photo on a Sunday afternoon in Novemeber, 2007, while wandering miles of underground passages trying to find some line that would get me where I needed to be (and finding none, scheduled works had disrupted services, I eventually resorted to a bus!) I was the only one using this passage, it was sterile, cool and lonely, and I took this shot, a simple frame and shoot in the bright, artificial light, to remind myself of the aloof creepiness a really big city can generate in its hidden holes and corners. Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic. Image by Mike.

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