Tracks through the London Underground
Public transport systems provide inspiration for so many photographers, and the London Underground is no exception. Living abroad, whenever I see a photograph of the Tube I feel a little homesick.
This photograph of Gants Hill station taken by John Campbell is wonderful. I really like the quality of the image, the black and white contrast, the sharpness and the high gloss effect on all the smooth surfaces of the platforms. Then there are the leading lines which draw you into the scene and right to the back of it where the escalators await to transport you to the surface.
This photograph is one of a series of 12 for which John was awarded with an Associateship of the Welsh Photographic Federation. Congratulations!
The story behind the image
John was kind enough to detail how he obtained this shot.
I got up early that day (it was a Sunday) so I could get the first tube to Gants Hill from Central London.
When we arrived at the station, I was last off the tube (I had deliberately got into the last carriage) so by the time I got to the main platform, everyone else would have disappeared.
But there were loads of people hanging around 🙁
I checked the next train into Central London and it was in 1 minute - so I waited. Thankfully everyone got onto that train - so I had Gants Hill to myself for maybe 5 minutes until someone came down the escalator.
I got the images I wanted in a very short time - I had expected to spend hours there waiting for the platform to be clear - I was very happy 🙂
John is a talented photographer who produces a wide variety of images. I strongly recommend that you use the link above to see the image on Flickr and take your time to browse through the rest of his work. I'm sure you will like what you see.