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Tuesday August 07 2012

Last Sunday, I journeyed to by train from nearby Victoria Station to Peckham Rye, to take photos from the Peckham Roof, and also to meet up with some fellow Samizdatistas plus a Mrs and Baby Samizdatista.  And of course, I took photos, of the roof and from the roof.

But the photos I took from out of the train on the way turned out just as well as most of those later snaps taken when I got there.  The thing is, to photo London’s Big Things interestingly, you don’t have to be miles up in the sky.  If all you do is get above regular roof level, you can see almost as much.

The light and weather were splendid and the carriage was deserted, so I hardlly felt foolish at all, snapping away through the shiny, reflective glass.  Yes, there are reflections.  I was in a train!

Two of the snaps, taken within seconds of each other, lent themselves particularly to the horizontal slicing process that I am fond of, especially the second one.  Click to get them bigger, and to see all the foreground South London clutter, in front of the Big Things:

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I got lucky there with the horizontalness of the camera with those two, which I often bugger up on account of my glasses “correcting” the view, but actually making it hard to get it horizontal and vertical, like it should be.

I wasn’t so lucky with most of this next clutch, which are just snaps from out of the train that I like.  I could have straightened out all the wonky ones with my NotPhotoshop programme, but why bother?  I was in a train!

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The big tower in the foreground, top right, is this.  And here are some snaps taken from the top of it.

And how about those Unités d’Habitation, bottom centre.

When you photo things, you see them.

Finally, a couple of snaps taken at the top.  On the left, another of the rain, and of what the rest of the roof not occuped by Frank’s Cafe looks like.  On the right, on another bit of the roof, a very strange state of affairs.

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Table tennis eight stories up, in the open?  I think they were expecting a nicer summer.