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The 1st two Go To Jail images were shot on the same day as the Piccadilly images. The one of the two policeman was taken in Leicester Square and the flag reflection was from New Scotland Yard. The New Scotland Yard building was being decomissioned as the Police have now moved on. It had been a nice walk from Piccadilly, through Green Park, past Buckingham Palace and then cutting through the small roads off Birdcage Walk down to Broadway where New Scotland Yard is (was?). The third image is a composite from Pentonville Prison, taken earlier on my project. My next location will be Regent Street, so after a busy day, I called it a day and will return to my journey next week.
From Pentonville Road, I walked up Penton Street into Barnsbury Road and then cut down Copenhagen Street to the Caledonian Road and turned North to wander up to the prison. There are a surprising number of prisons in London, but Pentonville Prison was close and looked like the one for me.
It was pretty quite outside and I wandered into the entrance road and took a few images of things that interested my. As I photographed the broken mirror by the entrance, a prison guard (on her way home from work) stopped me and asked what I was up to. I explained my journey around the monopoly board and her mood softened. We talked about the prison and photography and then she told me all about Shit London. I thought she teasing me, but she wasn't, and I am now a happy member of the Shit London facebook group.
The second image was one of my favourites, basically a few branch shadows on the prison wall. It's the kind of image that makes me happy, but I won't be upset if no-one else likes it! My third image was of a tiny plastic bag. I liked the way it sat on the pavement outside the prison and it wasn't until much later that I learned it's true purpose. So, all in all it was an instructive time and I really like the images from the jail (just visiting on this occasion).
Once I finished at HMP Pentonville I had a long walk to my next location. I took it gently back down the Caledonian Road to Pentonville Road, past Kings Cross, St Pancras and Euston Stations until I got to the top of Tottenham Court Road. I had a long break in Cafe Nero and then wound my way down to Charring Cross Road and continued on to Trafalgar Square and finally into Pall Mall. It had been a very long day, my feet were sore and Pall Mall (my next location) would have to wait.
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Photographing London, Surrey and beyond. From the top of the Shard to the end of the garden. . .