There is a first time for everything: the other day I hired out a Santander bike to go to photograph in central London. I quickly realised that cycling in a city is a very different activity to walking in one. Eyes and ears must be kept on the road but, most importantly, on the lookout for other cyclists, cars, pedestrians going about. Already for that reason, this trip wasn't like the previous ones when my eyes search for photographs and I hear whatever tunes my memory plays for me in my ears.
I got to St Thomas Hospital in Westminster and from there continued on foot to University College Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital, St Bartholomew's Hospital and Guy's Hospital where I took the last frame in the roll. As the lockdown continues, I doubt however that this project ended there.
Preamble to the London Archive Essays
I asked a few friends and members of family to choose a photograph from the London Archive they would like to know more about. As this premise is my own devising, I have taken the artistic liberties necessary in answering this question. Bar a few exceptions, the result is a series of short essays combining a brief outline of historical information, consideration of photography as a medium as well as an account on how I ended up taking each particular photograph.