A series celebrating the talent of our friends over in the Londonist Flickr pool who make our site look pretty with their fabulous photographs. Here, they introduce themselves and share their favourite London shots.
As the more literary-minded of you may have guessed, Simon Crubellier is a pseudonym, necessitated by the fact that I share my name with a much better-known, and indeed much better, photographer. I came pretty late to photography, but I've become obsessed by it ever since.
I'm not a native Londoner; I came here to work in 1995, and have since found myself almost entirely unable to escape the gravity well of the M25. Which suits me fine. It's hard to say why I love London so much. I think it's probably down to the sheer weight of history bearing down on the place. It means a lot to me that I can walk roads in this city that were old before the Romans came.
I don't think I'd have even considered coming to London if I hadn't encountered the work of Iain Sinclair, whose writing is a constant source of wonder, terror and inspiration. He in turn led on to a whole substratum of London writers whose work went deep below the flesh and muscle of London to expose the hard, dead bone at its core - Peter Ackroyd, Stewart Home, Derek Raymond, Tom Vague and others. I like living in a city I can think about.
Check out Simon Crubellier's Flickrstream here.
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