The London red phone box is one of the greatest icons of our city. Yet in the mobile age, these once proud structures have taken something of a beating. A new photoblog by Trystan Shaw is out to document the various uses and abuses of our call boxes — from scratch and scrawl to the curious items people leave behind.
What can the contents, cover art and corrosion of these once essential features of British society tell us about the lives they’ve led, their current status and where they might end up? These are the questions I hope my photographs will answer. If nothing else, I hope you enjoy the randomness, predictability and curiosity of what I find in the capital’s phone boxes…
You can see more of Trystan's discoveries over at phoneboxing.com.
- The scholarly collection of phone box prostitute cards at Wellcome Collection.
- London's phone boxes turn blue (street art).