Travel photography is all about watching, listening and feeling a place. It is a process of finding the soul of a city and documenting it. Some would argue that merely taking images of the cities’ famous landmarks could surely document a large city. As someone who has travelled extensively I can tell you that the way to really see a city is not on a tour bus. I prefer taking trains, buses, and ferries to photograph everyday life within a city.
The thing I noticed first in London is that people actually read newspapers and books on the underground train network (or Tube as it is more commonly known). The next time you get on an urban train see if you can count the number of people reading a book or newspaper vs an electronic device. Last time I checked a Sydney train I did not see one newspaper or book.
The Tube proved to be one of the most critical pieces of infrastructure for this city as everybody who utilises the Tube felt the chaos when it closed for a day due to strike action. I overheard one street worker say that it took him 4 hours to get to work that day. Apart from the strike action and ongoing line work, the London Underground is a relatively efficient method of exploring this vast and beautiful city.