About this time last year I took delivery of my new Fuji X100F, and The Delightful Mr F and I headed off to London to put it through its paces. A not so original idea struck us, why not try to take a photo in each of the locations on the UK edition of the Monopoly board? A quick Google and we had a list of all the properties. What started out as a bit of a lark to see London has turned out to be a rather nice photography project which has proved quite tricky. Getting interesting shots with the right light has become an obsession, so every time I'm in London I try to get another shot to add to the collection. I have a feeling that, just like the board game, this project could last a long time!
So, here are the first batch that I am happy with. First up we have The Strand, one of the red properties on the board. I took this shot of the closed Aldwych Underground Station, which originally opened as The Strand Station.
I had several goes at trying to find an interesting shot on Whitehall. There should be lots to photograph, there is Downing Street, Horseguards Parade and the Cenotaph, but no matter how much I tried I couldn't get anything more than quite dull tourist photographs. I was on the way to a training course last week, and went past Trafalgar Studios where the Grinning Man is currently showing. The front doors had an amazing window dressing, which I had to capture.
Now we have Piccadilly Circus, Eros seemed an obvious choice for a composition, if perhaps a little cliched, but I was passing through one day and spotted the Calvin Klein on the boards behind the statue. It made me smile, poor Eros is looking in entirely the wrong direction.
Finally, there are four stations on the Monopoly board, and here is the first one I have captured. Kings Cross Station has this beautiful arched window.
So, there we have it, a meaty project to keep me entertained and hopefully I will see some parts of London I wouldn't ordinarily see. I know folks do all the locations in one day. I am not sure I am up for that, but if you have a try, I'd love to hear about it.