10 London Photographs of Black and White Architecture

It’s all black and white lines, curves and crazy shapes today with a collection of photographs of some of London’s architecture shot in black and white by a few Flickr pool contributors.

i London scenePhoto: i London Scene by Sue Fagg

Photo: Aluminium by The Green Abum

The Death of Admiral Nelson
Photo: The Death of Admiral Nelson by Karva Javi

RB (5)
Photo: RB (5) by Me.Two

Heart of the city
Photo: Heart of the City by The Green Album

Willis Building
Photo: Willis Building by Gary Kinsman

Photo: Assembled by The Green Album

From Greenwich
Photo: From Greenwich by Karva Javi

Hole Punch
Photo: Hole Punch by The Green Album

Shard and a plane
Photo: Shard and a Plane by Gary Kinsman

Have a great week, everyone!

PS. Need new Winter coat… non high-street suggestions?

London’s Open House 2012

Okay, I know that the London Open House event was a few weeks ago now and I’m a bit behind on the draw, but I thought it was definitely worth posting some of the images that were contributed to the Flickr pool. So come back in time with me and poke your nose into some of London’s buildings rarely entered by the general public…

Channel 4 OfficesPhoto: Channel 4 Offices by The Great Misto

basementPhoto: Basement, Channel 4 Offices by Andrew

Crypt Corridor, Royal CourtsPhoto: Crypt Corridor, Royal Courts by Andrea Vail

Locarno Suite, Foreign OfficePhoto: Locarno Suite, Foreign Office by Andrea Vail

Abbey Mills - GaugePhoto: Abbey Mills Pumping Station Gauge by EZTD

St Mary Le BowPhoto: Church of St. Mary Le Bow, Cheapside by EZTD

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel - Grand StaircasePhoto: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel – Grand Staircase by EZTD

Main Staircase - Apothecaries HallPhoto: Main Staircase – Apothecaries Hall by EZTD

Pixel Cloud #2Photo: Pixel Cloud Inside the Allen and Overy Offices by The Green Album

Spiralling out of controlPhoto: Spiralling Out of Control Inside the ‘Battleship Building’ by The Green Album

Heaven's waiting roomPhoto: Heaven’s Waiting Room in the Broadgate Tower by The Green Album

Trellick Tower From Below 2Photo: The Trellick Tower from Below by Michael Goldrei

Deserted Basketball CourtPhoto: Trellick Tower’s Deserted Basketball Court by Michael Goldrei

Where am I? Part 2Photo: Trellick Tower Bedroom by Michael Goldrei

Coloured Glass In The ReceptionPhoto: Coloured Glass in the Trellick Tower Reception by Michael Goldrei

Don’t know about you, but after looking at these I will definitely try to go next year!

London Shop Fronts

Just a short stroll through the city’s streets reveals some of the unusual shop names and architecture of London, the many layers of history and irony that are contained here. These photos have been added to the Flickr pool by a few photographers with an eye for detail. Reminds me of the Who’d a Thought It? Any interesting shop names near you?

A1 Fresh Meats Photo taken in Kilburn by SReed99342

FamishedPhoto taken in Kilburn by SReed99342

Long Established Gentlemens HairdresserPhoto by John Kortland

Not Romeo And Juliet Either ! Photo by John Kortland

Ministry of Waxing in Covent GardenPhoto taken in Covent Garden by GediUK

a place for posh dogs Photo taken in Camden by Dixon1919

And an interesting building in Bethnal Green. Anyone know what´s inside?

InterestingnessPhoto by The Photo School

Looking Up in London

My dad told me you always have to look up in London because the architecture is impressive and you never know what you might see up there (although if you look up too much, you’ll miss all those awesome Pablo Delgado pieces!)

This isn’t exactly beautiful architecture, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless. I used to walk down Ladbroke Grove to work every day. I finally snapped a photo of these falling bricks. It’s at the very top of a row of flats near Ladbroke Grove Station, easy to miss if you’re not looking for it.

Falling Bricks

So I decided to scope out the Flickr pool and see what you guys have found whilst looking up in London. Here’s a few photos.

AbstractionAbstraction by Mayameen Al-Hamoud

SteelSteel by Shando

Funny things these humans always rushing  around doing nothing ....
Funny things these humans rushing around doing nothing… by Graham F Kerr

HinHin by Gautier Houba

In flightIn Flight by Sabine Thoele

Have you seen anything interesting looking up in London recently?
Add your photos to the Flickr pool.

London Art Spot: Maggie Jones

Eight years ago, Maggie Jones left her home in Wales to make a new start in London after a divorce. She was born in Oxford. Four days a week, she works as a nurse in a large general hospital and on her allotment one day. During the other two days, she is traipsing around the streets of London photographing its architecture and capturing its history. A desire to “preserve” these things leads her to take about 200 photos per day, documentary style. She shares a  few below.

For this week’s London Art Spot, Maggie also shares a story about meeting a man who was once considered the most dangerous in  Britian, talks about her fascination with London’s street signs  and doors and tells us about her discovery of a small artists’  colony in near East India Dock.

“Man on the tube. It was interesting to see how barriers were broken by the presence of a small cute furry animal.”

LLO: How does living in London influence your creativity?
London influences me because of it’s history. It’s so deep and interwoven with the streets and buildings it’s impossible not to see and feel it. I always feel that I want to ‘capture’ this history and I can only do that with a camera.

“South Bank street performer. I love the expression of the two children who are listening to every word of the ‘soldier’.”

LLO: Favourite place in London to take your camera and why?
My favourite place is the East End. I love its grubbiness and lack of pretentiousness. I’m not comfortable in the swanky parts of London; they feel shallow and artificial to me. The East End, particularly Hackney, Brick Lane and the canals have a solid real feel to them. This is where London first acquired its wealth and history. I also think working class people, especially the artisans of the Victorian era are frequently overlooked and forgotten about. An example is Sir Joseph Bazelgette the sewer builder. We hear all about his wonderful achievements but nothing of the vast army of skilled working class men who helped him achieve his goals.

A very old traditional East End  funeral on Cable Street. They still take place today. 

LLO: Share a photo with a great story behind it and tell us about it.
Some friends and I went on a self-guided walk showing where the Kray Twins had their adventures in and around Bethnal Green. As we stopped and chatted outside the Repton Boxing Club, where the twins used to train, the door opened and out walked Mad Frankie Fraser! Mad Frankie was a gangster who had been a contemporary of the Krays and was described by two Home Secretaries as the most dangerous man in Britain. He stopped and chatted to us; he was absolutely charming. Frankie was then 84 (April 2009) and told us that he now takes the general public on private tours to his old stomping grounds around the East End in a mini bus for about £45!

Mad Frankie Fraser

LLO: You’ve got 632 photos of London street signs on Flickr. What made you start shooting street signs? Share your favourite one?
I started taking photos to help me document where I’d taken the pictures, but then I realised that these street names are clues to London’s history. For instance, Old Jewry EC2 is where the first Jews were allocated places to live and Knightrider Street where knights would lead a procession from the Tower to Smithfield. Some of the signs themselves are also very old and are fast disappearing. Some are handmade and hand-painted.

Keppel Row

LLO: You also have nearly 700 photos of London street art. Who are your favourite London-based artists?
I really like Xylo. He always makes intelligent, thoughtful art. He is currently sticking up small plaques of the golden Panamanian frog because it’s an endangered species. He also puts up lots of posters protesting the way we are being observed in London by CCTV. He also has a sticker of the Oyster card marked Voyeur which you can see dotted around in various places. Mike Marcus is another London-based artist I admire. His work is also ‘paste ups’ and is quite controversial. He shows people, mainly naked women wearing gas masks. His work isn’t meant to be seen as sexual – it’s him making a political viewpoint, I think! He also works in Israel and Palestine.

Xylo print near St. Paul’s

LLO: Tell us about your London doors project? What number are you up to now?
I’m currently up to door number 69. I find doors intriguing because as strangers we are unlikely to know what goes on behind them and, being a nosey person, I find this frustrating so I take a photo instead! I do find the variety of doors interesting. Are they barriers or invitations to congenial welcome? The grand address, of course, has to have a grand door. It usually has an elaborate and unique design. It has also, usually, been made by a craftsman with good quality wood and frequently has a beautiful fanlight too. In contrast some doors are made of plastic, or cheap wood and have a uniform design made to look just like all the neighbours doors. No individually-designed doors for the poor. A person’s class is even reflected in the humble door.

One and a Half

LLO: Best London discovery or most unusual place you’ve visited to take photos?
That’s easy! It is Trinity Buoy Wharf close to the old East India Dock. It used to be where lightships were fitted out for Trinity Lighthouse Boats. It’s now an artists’ colony. There is a bit of a clue as you walk down the single road to the gates. All the lamp posts have been decorated by artists in a unique way. In the former wharf is a 1940’s American Dining Car which is still used as a cafe. The old workshops are now artists workshops. There’s a sound studio there as well were the owner welcomed me with a lovely cup of tea and told me about the wharf and its inhabitants. There are also some homes which used to be ship containers that have been converted for people to live in. They have little balconies where they park their bicycles.

 Trinity Bouy Wharf

LLO: Show us your favourite London image you’ve captured so far.
This is almost impossible for me to answer as I have quite a few favourites, but I am pleased with this one. It’s only the Clock Tower of The Houses of Parliament and it’s quite a corny photo, but it’s an unusual shot and it demonstrates my lateral way of thinking and the different view of the world that I seem to have compared to others. It’s not technically very good, but I’ve never been interested in perfection!

Clock tower from the gutter

Thanks Maggie!

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