I am in love with The Tube. It’s a magical thing, this network of underground (and overground) trains that can take you anywhere in London. London is a city that grew organically, chaotically, yet the Tube gives the city an order that is entirely unexpected. Just looking at the Tube map evokes a romance for London – the names of all the distant places on the Tube map are fascinating in their uniqueness. Where is Cockfosters and why is it named that? Uxbridge sounds neat. Westminster. Covent Garden. Notting Hill. Gloucester Road.
In my home city of Chicago, our transport network is not nearly as loved, nor is it as big of a design icon. It’s tolerated and used sparingly if you can avoid it. Why take the train when you can drive? London is different. The romance of the Tube encourages you to take it; it entices you with the fantasy of all the wonderful places in London you can go.
It’s easy to forget the Tube when you use it every day on a trip. But over my 20 years of travel in London, I’ve tried to capture the network in a real and candid way. This photo essay is the culmination of many years of photography on the Tube. I hope you enjoy looking at this special transport system through my eyes.