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London in Black and White

from 23.09 to 23.11, By Ambre Pluta

Introduction 

I arrived in London at the beginning of September. I hadn’t been in London for more than a year, and I hadn’t lived there in three. 

Thus, the moment I got out of quarantine, I couldn’t wait to rediscover the city once again, and document all of my memories through photos.

This collection of 31 pictures belong to 7 different days scattered over exactly two months:
23.09 / 26.09 / 30.09 / 01.10 / 14.10 / 03.11 / 23.11 

Exploring London during this pandemic felt strange. It seemed so still and quiet, a stark contrast to my memories. But somehow, it was still buzzing with the unmistakable energy that only belongs to London and her streets. Everything just seemed to be moving in slow motion, waiting for the light to turn green as soon as this pandemic came to an end. Somehow, the belief that an end was indeed coming seemed to fade before my eyes during those two months, and London got busier once again, even though the light was as red as ever.  

For me, black and white pictures are timeless. They never seem to belong to a particular period in time. They reveal details that we normally wouldn’t pay attention to. We see things we wouldn’t see: the subtle movement of the water, a stranger’s feet at the top of a picture, the elephant sticker on the rail of stairs,  an inspirational quote on a brick wall, the strangely realistic robotic sculpture embedded into a  wall…

Thank you to Liv Kessler for always being dressed like a model and letting me photograph her all day long. Thank you to Alethea Ling for always looking badass. 

Ambre Pluta 

With the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II


*All photographs are the property of the author


The Cloche Hat Wanderer I / Liv Kessler / 03.11.2020 / King’s Cross Tunnel, London 

Untitled / 14.10.2020 / Grand Union Canal, Camden, London

Unknown cyclist / 14.10.2020 / Grand Union Canal, Camden, London

Lonely walker / 14.10.2020 / Grand Union Canal, Camden, London

Photobombing feet / 03.11.2020 / King’s Cross St. Pancras Underground, London

The Cloche Hat Wanderer II / 03.11.2020 / Rough Trade East, Shoreditch, London

C.AL DROPS YARD / 23.11.2020 / Granary Square, St Pancras, London


Houseboat plants / 14.10.2020 / Grand Union Canal, St Pancras, London

Up and down the Canal / 14.10.2020 / Grand Union Canal, Camden, London

Americ-anadian music / 03.11.2020 / Rough Trade East, Shoreditch, London

Genres / 03.11.2020 / Rough Trade East, Shoreditch, London

Imperfect empty symmetry / 03.11.2020 / Somewhere on the Northern Line, London

Train 52561 leaving the station / 03.11.2020 / Underground Station, Moorgate, London


Evening delivery / 03.11.2020 / Shoreditch, London

I’ll see you in hell / 03.11.2020 / Shoreditch, London


Mise en abyme of the freedom illusion / Alethea Ling / 03.11.2020 / Shoreditch, London

Unnamed guardian / 26.09.2020 / Carey Street, Holborn, London


Modernized vestiges of the past / 14.10.2020 / Grand Union Canal, St Pancras, London

Untitled / 23.11.2020 / Beaconsfield Street, St Pancras, London


Untitled / 23.11.2020 / Canal Reach, St Pancras, London


Untitled / 23.11.2020 / Beaconsfield Street, St Pancras, London


Mind the gap / 03.11.2020 / Underground Station, Moorgate, London 

Face to Face exhibition / 03.11.2020 / King’s Cross Tunnel, London


Webbed sky / 30.09.2020 / Lewis Cubitt Park, St Pancras, London


Untitled / 01.10.2020 / Wharf Road, St Pancras, London

Shadow play / 01.10.2020 / Canopy Market, St Pancras, London


Photographer included / 01.10.2020 / Granary square, St Pancras, London

Glazed ground / 01.10.2020 / Granary square, St Pancras, London

 

Urban geometry / 30.09.2020 / King’s Boulevard, St Pancras, London

TFEL NRUT / 23.09.2020 / Essex Street, Holborn, London

Towering / 30.09.2020 / St Pancras Station, London  

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