Today’s post features floral-related photographs from a new book called Love London by journalist Barbara Chandler. The book contains over 180 colour and black-and-white photographs which she’s taken in London over the last twenty years.
Each image is accompanied by a quote. For the striking photograph above, Barbara has added:
“The vast city, the mansion house of liberty.”
Areopagitica, 1644, John Milton (1608-1674), English writer, poet and thinker
I loved Barbara’s story behind this image of poppies :
‘The picture was taken on a very cold day actually towards the end of November but all the poppies were still there at the base of the dramatic Artillery Memorial, with its Portland stone sculpture of a gun and huge bronze figures. This must be surely one of the most moving war memorials in the world.
To get the picture, I had to almost lie flat along the ground – as usual, people wondered what I was doing…’
Please find below a small selection of images from her lovely book, with the corresponding quote beneath each photo.
“What an amazing thing is the coming of Spring in London. The very pavements seem ready to crack and lift.”
In Search of England, 1927, H.V. Morton (1892-1979), English journalist and writer
“London is enchanting. I step out upon a tawny coloured magic carpet.”
Diaries, 1915-1941, Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), English writer
“London, thou art the flower of cities all.”
In Honour of the City of London, William Dunbar (c 1456-c1520), Scottish poet
(Images : Barbara Chandler)