I was in London last friday and used a new access point into the Underground (subway) at Victoria station (one day re-development will be finally over). New corridors: largely empty, inherent contrast, angular lines. Perfect for B&W images.

There’s going to be an image down here, I thought. I wound the ISO up to 1600 and walked at a slow pace. A man passed me going the opposite way. I waited and shot this image.

How nice it is to come home, upload the images from the day and see potential. I would have liked him to be a foot to the left to give a little separation from the right wall, but I’m happy with what I’ve got. And next time I’m in London I will be back for more.

Off to speak at Reigate Photographic Society tonight. Don’t forget to click to enlarge the image.



About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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22 Responses to Subway

  1. Great shot Andy!! 🙂

  2. Jenn Mishra says:

    Love it! Love those London stations!

    • LensScaper says:

      Welcome to my Blog Jenn, and thanks for your comment. A camera is almost always in my hand when I’m out in London: you never know what’s around the next corner.

  3. Sue says:

    Interesting to see a tube access tunnel deserted….makes a great image

  4. E. Brooks says:

    Andy, I can see your point about the gentleman being a little more to the left but certainly what you got works very well indeed. Well done!

  5. Jane Lurie says:

    Good eye, Andy. Love the perspective.

  6. Heide says:

    I actually like the gentleman being a bit out of position, because it adds to the “off-kilter” imbalance that makes the image so striking. Wonderfully seen, Andy!

  7. paula graham says:

    Yea, looks like a super location.

  8. Zezee says:

    Oh I love this! It boggles the eye just a bit, which makes it a touch eerie to me, but I like it.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Zezee. Converting to B&W really upped the contrast. A lone man in underground corridors can be a little scary, especially when all in black. Not perhaps where you want to be late at night, but good for a photograph.

  9. bluebrightly says:

    Yes, the perfect place for black and white images, and it’s nice to hear about your experience along with seeing the photograph. Maybe your passer-by would be too much in the middle if he weren’t over to one side.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Lynn. This was such a ‘grab’ and I’m just pleased how it turned out. I will ‘loiter a bit longer next time I am there, which might be tomorrow because I’m back up in that part of London again

  10. Superb photo Andy. I really like how the black edging curves through the frame.

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