the london underground—part 1

I wanted to do something different this afternoon. To see London a little more closely, a tad more me-ishly.

This is part 1 of a series of photo essays on the London Underground. I went mid-afternoon—the crowds are always lesser at that time—to explore the platforms and escalators on one of the architecturally acclaimed parts of the tube, the Jubilee Line. It was awesome! I knew the CCTVs were recording my every move as I clicked away. Even Security was keeping an eye. But they were really sweet about it. Guess my enthusiasm was contagious. 🙂

I love the tube. It is so lived in. Comfortable, and efficient. But the section of the Jubilee Line that I have here is the most spectacular part. Avant garde, monumental, sleek; scores of feet underground. Enjoy.

Westminster is a riot of industrial architecture with its enormous steel surfaces, pillars and scaffolding
Designed in the shape of a ship’s hull (the station is by the docks), Southwark brims with concrete sails and portholes. Check out my self-portrait 😉
Canary Wharf with its escalators leading to the exit. The station was designed by Sir Norman Foster as the showpiece of the Jubilee Line extension
The Jubilee route was built in the 1990s
And it is time to go home …

2 thoughts on “the london underground—part 1

  1. I somehow never could get my head around it as per compared to the Metro in Paris. I like your succint writing, much of skin on your arm sort of thing, visceral and true. The Metro speaks to me in all of its craziness and smell. But keeps you warm and reaches you to wondrous destionations. I love it!

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