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Old August 19th, 2012, 01:29 PM   #1
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L o n d o n: Not Tired of Life

"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."
— Samuel Johnson, 1777


Yes that is a well used quote, it is fitting for a city of London's statue that a quote more than 200 years old is as appropriate today as it was then.

Many might be bored of London threads, and indeed have had enough London due to the Olympics. But what better time to start what could be a never ending series of London threads (due to the fact I will probably live here most of my life).....

London oozes life and energy. It is a vast and organic metropolis of people and ideas, of cultures from every corner of the globe. With more than 300 languages spoken in London, it is one of the only two (for my money) genuine global cities. When you are here you feel that you are at the centre of the universe, that everything that could possibly happen is going on under your nose. I don't want to be another arrogant Londoner, and I accept other opinions....this is just a thread dedicated to the city I love. That said, nobody could argue with London's status as a centre for finance, culture, sports, fashion, politics and trade.

For me London truly stands tall with class and pride. You can find what you are looking for here, as it is too vast and organic to be one thing only at any one time. London is ugly, it is beautiful. It is rich, it is poor. It is old it is new. London can be as grand as Paris, as cultured as Florence, as gritty as New York, as cutting edge as Tokyo, as hectic as Mumbai, as dirty as Jakarta, as sprawling as Los Angeles.

This is my impression of the city I love the most.....

Needless to say, I am not yet tired of life......

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ニョキニョキと広くて青い空に延ばしている摩天楼...........

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Old August 19th, 2012, 02:17 PM   #2
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wow! great pictures
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Old August 20th, 2012, 09:30 AM   #3
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amazing. best london thread ever
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Old August 20th, 2012, 09:49 AM   #4
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Excellent London photo essay!
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Old August 20th, 2012, 01:08 PM   #5
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What a truly fantastic set of images.

Two questions:

1. What camera do you use?

2. What is your secret for capturing such great images of people?
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Old August 20th, 2012, 05:24 PM   #6
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awesome, beautiful images from London....thanks for the pics.
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Old August 20th, 2012, 05:48 PM   #7
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Wow, great intro. I thought I was all 'londoned-out', but I think we're in for a treat with this one.
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Old August 20th, 2012, 06:00 PM   #8
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Love the title, but love the thread even more!
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Old August 20th, 2012, 08:09 PM   #9
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Superb photographs! I haven't been to London in over a decade but these pics really brought the memories back (although quite a few new buildings have sprung up since then).

I really like the ones of Canary Wharf at night. I worked in the Isle of Dogs in 2001, back then the only tall building there was 1 Canada Square although there were another two nearing completion. It has changed quite a bit since.
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Old August 20th, 2012, 08:35 PM   #10
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Old August 25th, 2012, 11:48 AM   #11
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Excellent series Xander - you've managed a broad sweep of the brush, really sums up the place well which is really difficult for city like London - Tokyo next please.
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Old August 25th, 2012, 12:27 PM   #12
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Wow, I´m speechless...
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Old August 25th, 2012, 12:35 PM   #13
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Really great, very nice shots from London well done
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Old August 26th, 2012, 12:38 PM   #14
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Thanks for the comments everyone!
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Old August 26th, 2012, 12:40 PM   #15
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Tokyo next please.
Done
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Old August 26th, 2012, 02:12 PM   #16
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WOW !
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Old August 26th, 2012, 02:21 PM   #17
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Old August 26th, 2012, 04:08 PM   #18
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Great images. I love how you have chosen to show the cultural diversity of the city.
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Old August 26th, 2012, 07:15 PM   #19
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Terrific captures!!! Loved your sincere introduction and the photos, perhaps, there are too many pictures -maybe you thought no one was going to see your thread but it's so great so the following ones should be spread out.
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Old August 26th, 2012, 11:46 PM   #20
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You don't waste time! Another great series - I'll also check out your others - I don't know Tokyo well enough to comment, but I know London fairly well and I think you've really got to the crux of what London is - and in my opinion it's very difficult to do that with photography. Dare I ask - have you done Seoul or been there? That's a city I know well too.
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