lonely city

not even a mouse…

another Christmas morning, another chance to ride out into London and explore the silent, abandoned city. 

i recently did an interview with BBC Arts on my last set of photos (you can read it in full here). i mention that i didn’t really see the empty streets as Apocalyptic. for one day a year, i get to see the city as it was designed and planned on paper: a blank map, free of chaos and clutter to explore space and movement. there is so much wonderful architecture but you’re going to miss it all on your hectic commute and these photos allow me to take it all in and appreciate the space.
last year, a damp Christmas day allowed the light the bleed into the streets and sky. it was certainly atmospheric and eerie. this year i wanted to capture a different feeling. i wanted to show of the scale of the city, the architecture hanging over as it builds up around you and stretches into the distance. i decided to revisit my poorly planned 2016 route. i scoffed a mince pie for breakfast and took off down the south bank and the long stretches of The Queen’s Walk.

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Oxford Circus
shoppers buying those last-minute presents. i managed to get a great vantage point of this crossing. i also wanted to share the absolute hell of working at Oxford Circus around this time. only for it all to change in 24 hours time…

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Albert Embankment
a main commuter artery into work, usually full of walkers and scooters 
London Eye
big wheel has stopped turnin’  

Southbank Undercroft
took a closer look at the amazing graffiti art without any skaters or bmx-ers around [/one_half_last]

Southbank Centre
no performances today at Europes largest centre to the Arts
The Queen’s Walk
view of Blackfriars Station
The Queen’s Walk
empty benches along the southern bank promenade 

Millennium Bridge
no need to break step 

Tate Modern
with Olafur Eliasson’s ‘Ice Watch’ installation
Berwick Street, Soho
long pigeon waiting for the food market 
James Street, Covent Garden
not a floating Yoda in sight 
Argyll Street
view of department store, Liberty  
Carnaby Street
much brighter this year with Bohemian Rhapsody neons
Burlington Arcade
Beadles day off

shot on iPhone XS. edited in VSCO.