I’ve recently been introduced to the work of photographer Bob Mazzer, a Londoner, who has recently released a photo book called ‘Underground’. Its well worth investigating, especially if you’ve been travelling the tube for as many years as I have.
It is a fascinating collection, taken mainly in the 70’s and 80’s – a time when not only The Tube was different, but London too. Its more remarkable to think that Bob took these images on 35mm film at a reasonably slow 400ISO in many cases and obviously using manual focus equipment. Its a marvellous period piece, so do check it out. I will post some links below.
As some of you are aware, I too am rather taken with taking pictures on my regular commutes to and from the City. Initially, I was disappointed with the lack of characters compared to McCullin’s (and indeed, Bob Mazzer’s ) day, but the more I thought about it, the more ridiculous I realised I was being. The reason we all love pictures from previous decades is mainly for the memories they evoke – in my case, the changing fashions, the state of the carriages, pictures of people smoking, reading papers with headlines I recall being in the news, drinking Special Brew etc etc…
Maybe in thirty years, people will reflect on pictures similar to mine with the same reverence and emotions. The fashions may look samey to us now, but maybe we will laugh at the desperate hipster in the same way we laugh at hideous wet-look mullets and wangers now (that’s flared trousers to those not in the know….). Newspapers may now be replaced with Ipads and phones, bags of ‘Ringo’s’ now replaced with a Quinoa pot from Pret, but people are still people. So I guess I’ll just have to wait another 30 years….
These are all pictures taken as part of my on-going project ‘Commute’…I hope to one day have enough quality images to compile a book one day.
Bob Mazzer article: http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/52-old-timey-photos-of-underground-life-by-bob-mazzer
Bob Mazzer ‘Underground’ – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0957656939
These images were taken on my beloved Fujifilm X-Series, my speedy Nikon V1 and even 35mm film, an Olympus OM-4 (the violinist).
Thanks also to the many people that enjoyed (and re-posted) the review of the X-Pro 1 I stuck up a couple of weeks ago. I don’t do this for the numbers but it was wonderful seeing views in the hundreds rather than single digits!
Keep the comments coming. It is simply terrific to hear from so many of you. I shall try to respond to everyone.