Sometimes it’s good to make the time to just stand and stare, as the poet William Henry Davies said.
Or in my case, stand with my camera. I took this shot while sitting at a table outside a restaurant in Marylebone High Street. I sat with my camera on the table. At the time (2011) I thought it was the only decent shot I had captured that afternoon. But looking back over the other shots I took, I realised that this collection gives a snapshot of Marylebone High Street.
So I’m going to do this in different areas of London. It’s a new project. It will be interesting to see what it shows about London.
Marylebone is quite a wealthy area just north of Oxford Street in the West End. It’s an area where people live and where people come to work. The High Street has some nice designer clothes shops, a few little cafes and is also home to the first Daunt Books bookshop — my favourite bookshop in London. Celebrity haunt, Chiltern Firehouse and well-known tourist haunt Madam Tussaud’s are just around the corner. It’s a fairly relaxed place and is one of the less crowded parts of the West End.