LONDON | Chronicles of the City

LONDON

by Ed Robertson

“Some cities are immediately photogenic, but London at first, is camera shy . . . It takes time to realise that this city is a prime example of beauty being more than skin-deep. For you can live in London half a lifetime and still know only part of it: to explore it is like getting on intimate terms with a difficult person – there are rebuffs before the secrets, the true landmarks are gradually revealed.”

( Anonymous, ‘Foreword’, in John Deakin, London Today, 1949)

In recording the geometry of the city, graphic designer and photographer Ed Robertson shows London’s identity formed by contractions, textures and the light. Robertson’s carefully composed photos reveal the nature of insensitive metropolis, but not his own: “My photos are the complete opposite of who I am personally. I’m a very open, laid back, light hearted person who’s up for trying new things at the drop of a hat. As you can tell the photos I make are very structured.” Imagining London as a multilayered space with endless points of view, Ed Robertson finds new urban stories to capture everyday: “I love exploring known locations as well as finding new locations in and around London. If there is a place that has great geometry, symmetry, parallel lines, various shapes and, of course, spirals, then I will try my best to capture it. I’m fascinated by the ever changing London skyline, so I do enjoy discovering new and high locations to capture the London skyline.”

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