© 2009 Tim notting hill gate

Notting Hill

I am by no means an architectural photographer. I don’t have the equipment, I don’t particularly enjoy the process, and the shots are a tremendous pain in the ass both to get in the camera and to manipulate in the digital darkroom. But I’ve been to London 4 times now and I’m always fascinated by the architecture and life that happens in London’s tube stations. When I stayed in Hyde Park this year and ventured into the depths of the Notting Hill Gate tube station — which is a story all it’s own — and saw this lonely bench, with the discarded paper, framed by two lovely columns and festooned with the ubiquitous “Way Out” and tube stop indicators, I had to snap several shots. This one is my favorite.

Signed, numbered prints are available for $50 each — even though that might run afowl of the Tube Station rules against photography.