‘Seeing London in Forty Days’

The multilingual photo album ‘Seeing London in forty Day’ / London u četerdeset dana / Voir Londres en quarante jours’ was conceived and completed in May and June 2016. I decided then to walk through London for forty days in a row and record my walking experiences in the city with photographs of places in London I had not visited before. Each photograph was accompanied by a haiku verse, a short commentary or an observation of my act of ”seeing’ the city. My aim was to write about my experiences of the city as multisensory, multilingual experiences; they were meant to explore the relationship between the poetics of urban space and poetry . The materials I produced were finally compiled into a manually produced, hand-written photo album of my journey through the space and time of the city. These were first shared on Facebook with my friends; all the photographs and notes I have made are now public (the FB album is publicly available here).

The album is divided into six different sections: People, Places, Nature, Sounds, Objects & Textures, Shapes, Patterns. It currently exists only in hard-copy form; however, here is an electronic rendering of some of the album. I hope the reader will be able to enjoy the multilingual experience of seeing London through the poet’s eyes.

Seeing London in Forty Days / London u četrdeset dana

People
Left: Three women walking on Tunstall Road; right: People in Bruegelian painting, Pide, Charlotte Street
Left: woman walking under the rain, St Stephen’s Row; right: woman in pink, Calvert Avenue
Left: three women enjoying the afternoon sun, Hanbury Street; right: Tranquil Vale Sunday stroll
Portrait of an artist: Eugene Wood, Old Truman Brewery

Homage to Ziggy Stardust
Places
Left: Pink door on Leystall Street; right: Green wall on Rivington Street
The City after dusk, Canary Wharf

Left: empty hour on Chiltern Street; right: walking on the sunny side of Tranquil Vale, Blackheath
Tryptich, Shad Thames
Nature
Jasmine scent on Gloucester Avenue
Cherry tree on Primrose hill
Jasmine on Gloucester Avenue
A rose on Gloucester Avenue
Adelaide Avenue in June
Sounds
A telephone on Cavendish Street
Red telephone box, Queenbridge Road
Guitar @Hobgoblin music shop, Rathbone Place
Musical instruments on set before Gogo Penguin concert, Koko.
Piano before Yann Tiersen’s concert, Barbican
Objects
Left: Ladder floating on the Thames river, Thames bank; right: from the ‘Waterfall’ sculpture, Antony Donaldson

Left: a painting by George Baselitz, White Cube, Bermondsey High Street; right: Freud’s couch, The Freud Museum
`Textures, Shapes, Patterns
Sardines on toast, @L.L.Clipton’s Arch
Bread from a bakery on Bermondsey Street market
‘Shakespeare: Metamorphosis’ exhibition, @Senate House Library
Left: sunrays, Greenwich Park; right: a view through an iron bench, Greenwich Park