Yet More Inventive Tube Projects

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Tube roundels, it seems, are popular things. On Tuesday, we recounted the mission of Mike Turnbull to photograph roundels at every tube station. In response, several people contacted us with similar projects, including this attractive image of a roundel made from roundels. That in turn prompted three more readers to commend their own tube projects to our attention.

Maria Cox also has a roundel obsession.

“I have also been to every station on the London Underground but for my project I wanted to photograph a member of staff at each station stood by the Roundel as a piece in history but also to include these hard working people who keen London running — a chance for them to have their moment. The project is called Mind The Staff.”

You can find Maria’s full set of images on her Facebook page.


Ian Wright of Randomly London reminds us of his own epic missions. Last year he walked the route of every tube line, visiting all 270 stations. This year, he’s hiking again, this time tracing the complete Overground and DLR routes. His efforts are to raise money for Bowel Cancer UK, and you can support him here.


Girl on the Underground is another person to have visited every tube, DLR and Overground station. Instead of snapping roundels, she chose to photograph the station entrances. You can read more about her project here.


And how about this idea from Margaret Cooter?

“During daily travels, and as a special project along each and every tube line, I “marked the time” between stations by drawing a continuous line, which was given variety by the movement of the train and condition of the track — the line wobbles, showing every second spent in movement. One of these sketchbooks can be seen online.”

That sketchbook alone contains over 80 pages of wobbly lines. Like this:

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If you’ve got a tube or transport-themed project you’d like to share, do get in touch, or speak up in the comments.

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  • Alex

    Currently doing a project similar to Girl on the Underground, but instead of photographing the entrances, i’m looking the other way towards London’s streets. All photos are mobile based and uploaded to instagram under the username Undergroundoverground.

    • Randomly London

      Alex I love this project idea. Found myself looking at the street and figuring out if I could guess the station from memory. Would actually make for a great game (well one with limited appeal). Here’s a direct link to his project: http://instagram.com/undergroundoverground

  • unslugged

    These are such excellent creative ideas. I’m definitely getting some inspiration here! I don’t have a pattern, as such, I just photograph wherever I happen to be on the network. Perhaps some day I’ll visit every station, but in the meantime you can see my work here: flickr.com/unslugged

  • http://chriswilkie1.tumblr.com/ Chris Wilkie

    I have been taking photos of whoever happens to be opposite me on the Tube. Some interesting results here – http://chriswilkie1.tumblr.com/

  • Noelle Poulson

    If walking counts as transport, I’ve got a project to share. I’m walking all the streets within the congestion zone. I think I’m about halfway!! Congestionzone.wordpress.com