It’s fun watching people, not focusing on anyone in particular; that would just be weird! What I mean is just watching people and how different individuals interact with each-other and share a common space. City centers are obviously great places to do this where people tend to congregate. Railway stations, such as Liverpool Street Station here, are great places. But just about anywhere during the warm summer months when people tend to relax a bit more and sit outside to enjoy their lunch or just pass the time of day are just as interesting.
These images were taken in and around Liverpool Street Station in London. It was a nice day for eating lunch outside and a busy Friday for people traveling.
Liverpool Street Station
This is one of the many Victorian stations in London that has benefited from major refurbishment over the last few years and is now a bright airy space with lots of small shops and people passing through.
For the two wide images of the station I was positioned up on the walkway. This allowed me to look down to capture the crowd. There’s a real the sense of people waiting at various stages of their journey. For some, it’s just a momentary pause in their journey, others are settling in for the long haul, and some just pass through, without time to think, as they rush for the next train out. I’m normally one of the latter as I rush to catch the underground, but today I was just there to watch.
This was one of the images I used for my Royal Photographic Society Accreditation (RPS) during 2016. It’s an image that has generally been well received and has had comments that it’s reminiscent of LS Lowery’s work, which sounds good to me. I love the various and very different characters, conversations, individuals and groups in the image and every time I look at it I see something new.
This final image was taken of the steps just outside the station at the newly developed Broadgate Circus entrance. This shows a typical summer lunchtime in the city with city workers chatting with colleagues, quietly reading or eyes locked onto their phones. I have intentionally simplified some of these images to focus attention on the interactions rather than too much detail which might otherwise be distracting.
I hope you enjoyed these images, do you think the treatments work?