They are full of human drama; perhaps they lack joy. Yet I find them fascinating, in particular the wildly distorted perspective and the vision of deep buttressed cuttings, soaring viaducts and lengthy platforms - Victorian brickwork, steam trains, underground tunnels. But the people - downcast, passive objects buffeted by the indignities of war, alcohol, disregard and commuting.
My 10-24mm Nikkor zoom (at 10mm) is ideal in getting in close and digging out the detail.
|A historical scene: note the rushing steam trains on the viaducts|
|Steps, walls, passages, ordinary folk going about their business|
|The surging crowds, past and present, restlessly move through the friezes|
|Perspectives distort, viaducts open up vistas and shore up skylines|
|An air of unease... who's that over your shoulder? An empty, historic platform|
|Strap-hanging readers on the Tube; life's small indignities|
|Workers rebuild the Tube after the 7/7 terrorist attacks|
|Gassed WW1 soldiers return from the trenches as fresh troops are waved off. A contemporary Eurostar train stands on the left-hand platform of William Henry's Barlow's cast-iron and glass train shed|
|A tender farewell? The mobile phone looks more interesting...|
|Another view showing the three-dimensional nature of the frieze|
|In the glasses, reflections of a crowded Tube platform - two takes on one scene|
|A close-up through the left-hand lens...|
|...A close-up through the right-hand lens|
|More crowds, more viaducts, buttresses and dark skies|
|Down in the Tube station at midnight; tired, drunk, bawdy, resigned.|
|From another angle. All the drama of London life - but no happiness to share.|
If you are passing through St Pancras on your way to London or on your way out via Eurostar or Luton airport, to take time - at least half an hour - to wander around this magnificent station - my favourite.
This time last year:
Cycling to work - the new season begins
This time four years ago:
Five weeks into Lent