Roddy Williams – An ongoing portfolio

Chimneys

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There must have been a time when the city was plagued by chimneys, both domestic and industrial, belching out smoke, creating a situation which left some cities being known as The Big Smoke. Now, times have changed to the point where one rarely finds a real fire in a home, unless it’s burning down, and legislation has led to restrictions on what pollution can be discharged from commercial and industrial premises.
Consequently, chimneys are a dying species, replaced in the ecosystem by satellite dishes and TV aerials, which I find a bit sad. These are in Shepherds Bush, but some of the best examples are on the District Line when it gets up to rooftop level between Fulham Broadway and Putney Bridge. One of these days I’m going to have go on a pilgrimage to photograph them, I’m thinking.

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