Roddy Williams – An ongoing portfolio

The London Underground – Hammersmith II


I thought we’d have a short wait at Hammersmith before we cross the road to the other Hammersmith station, which services the Hammersmith and City Line, and the Circle line, despite the fact that Hammersmith isn’t on the Circle Line. Confusing isn’t it?
I once wrote a thesis about how London colludes with the media in making us perceive the city differently to its true reality. The London Underground map, for instance, reduces the network to neat straight lines with equidistant stations, and on an unconscious level that is how we believe the map to be, although the reality is that the tube lines twist and turn and the distances between stations vary greatly.
Novels and movies have a similar effect and tend to fictionalise our conception of the city, I guess I do the same thing, since my concept of photography is not that it records or preserves the truth but is a medium for doing the complete opposite.
I could try to explain that occasionally the Platforms at Hammersmith are flooded with ethereal light and the headless ghost of Robert Robinson, the genial host of ‘Ask The Family’ appears on Platform 1, waiting for a train to Green Park, but that wouldn’t be true.
It’s the ghost of Robert Harbin, wo used to do the Origami show on Children’s teatime TV.


One response

  1. I did that origami too! My primary school teacher lent me one of his books. 🙂

    February 6, 2016 at 11:51 pm

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