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CULTURE

London Underground by Mark Cornick

An empty escalator with a red and white way out sign lit up at night in the London Underground series by Mark Cornick.

In his Underground series, award-winning photographer Mark Cornick visually charts a journey through London’s Underground railway system. The collection comprises photographs of tube stations ranging from the busiest to the abandoned, footpaths, tunnels and escalators, combining to capture the essence of a railway system which transports over 1.3 billion people every year and is familiar to billions more around the world.

The collection as a whole focuses on the urban landscape of London’s Underground, with a lack of human people often giving the images an eerie sentiment when compared with the bustling spaces we know them to be. Where people are present, they appear as distant silhouettes or with a motion blur effect that conveys the transience of life juxtaposed with the fixed nature and history of the Underground.

Yet despite their eeriness, the range and colours of the series also capture the dynamic personality of the Underground and also of the city itself: one image will convey the rich history of the Underground while the next feels distinctly futuristic; one may be monochromatic while the next photograph is filled with vibrant colours mirroring the multi-ethnic and cultural status of London as England’s proud capital city. This is a series that deserves to be seen, and you can see more work by Mark Cornick including his Underground collection on his official website.

We sat down with Mark to discuss his Underground series plus his upcoming forays into the photographic sphere for 2016.

An empty pathway between tube stops in the London Underground series by Mark Cornick.An empty set of escalators lit up at night in the London Underground series by Mark Cornick.A view up an empty escalator in the London Underground series by Mark Cornick.A close up of the pavement of a tube stop with the tube tunnel in the background in the London Underground series by Mark Cornick.An empty modern walkway in the London Underground series by Mark Cornick.An empty pedestrian tunnel lit up brightly by white lighting in the London Underground series by Mark Cornick.
Sarah Atkinson
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