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At the end of my Oxford Street walk I was thinking about the next challenge of Community Chest. At the time I was watching the world go by at Oxford Circus and was being blasted by the words of the Lord coming out of a small speaker next to this preacher standing above the tube station stairs. The words on the plackard were hard to read as they were covered in plastic, but the message was clear... 'It's Jesus or Hell'. I guess it pays to get to the point and I would like to thank the preacher for giving me one of my favourite images of this project. Later I found myself back in Soho Square, my idea was to shoot the Radha Krishna Temple, but in the end the two street cleaners, helping tourist find their way, was a more engaging image of community. My final image was of Centrepoint Tower at the junction of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road. This was one of the first tower blocks in London and has remained empty for much of it's life. At one time it was taken over to house the homeless and inspired the Centrepoint charity, which still promotes help for the homeless. So in a way the empty tower has inspired a community. Have a good new year!
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By the time I reached Soho Square it was late morning. The sun was bright and the park benches looked inviting. There were people tending the gardens, office staff enjoying the sun and a whole host of locals getting together and having a chat.
There aren't that many places in Central London which still feel like they have a strong community but this place certainly does, so Soho Square was chosen for my second community chest location.
My photos were easy to chose today, the bicycle bell and the stickered-up sign seemed to go together well and the water sprinkler summed up the feeling of summer very well. Hope you enjoy them. . .
To get to my next location, (Great) Marlborough Street, I cut through the alley at the end of Carlisle Street, along Sheraton Street then north on Wardour Street and west onto Noel Street. This leads directly into Great Marlborough Street. See you there soon. . .
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As I was about to leave the Old Kent Road, I spied a tank. A very large tank, just off the beaten track down Mandela Way! As I was on a Monopoly walk I decided that this would be my community chest location. Although a former Czech army T-34 tank may not be the obvious community chest item, I figured that as it had been used and abused for artistic purpose, then it was good enough for me. So, here we have the tank in all it's glory.
A little but of googling shows that the tanks installed by Russell Gray, following a failed attempt to gain planning permission for this site. Apparently the turret is pointing to the council offices, who turned him down!
Click here to read more from Hidden Wonders web site.
By the time I finished with the tank the rain was coming down so I had a very soggy walk up Tower Bridge Road, over the bridge and on to Whitechapel Road for my next location.
Photographing London, Surrey and beyond. From the top of the Shard to the end of the garden. . .