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Your memorable Tube journeys
150 Londoners on the Tube
According to Docherty's Kickstarter page, he has been fascinated with the Tube since he was 10-years-old and his parents took him to London. "As well as feeling anxious and uncomfortable being that far underground, I remember the feeling of adrenaline I had as we fought our way through the crowds and onto the tube," he wrote. Of his portraits he wrote, "The Underground isn’t a pleasant place to be for any period of time, which is why my photos aren’t particularly attractive. These portraits wouldn’t be true to life if they were."
Docherty told us, "I'm pretty overwhelmed by the support. I've had some fantastic people through the doors, who really seem to understand where I'm coming from."
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In celebration of the London underground (The Tube) 150th birthday Freelance Photography Brendan Doherty spent over a year photographing Londoners as they travelled on the underground. From over 450 pictures his final 150 portraits, pictured in 150 tube stations have been on public display in Camden, North London at the Camden Collective.
Brendan did this project, as he has always been interested in portraiture, which was why he trained as a photographer and "…the underground is a place I’ve always been fascinated with, coming from North England it’s quite an alien thing. I first came to London as a ten year old, I remember going on the tube and seeing all the characters and finding them scary, or dressed funny. I still love riding about on the tube, taking the long way round to be on it for longer. I wasn’t really looking specifically to do something for the tube 150th birthday, it just happened."
There are 270 tube stops on the underground and Brendan had no firm plan of which 150 stations to take his photographs on so he spread out his work as much as he could across the network. He needed permission from London Underground to carry out the photo shoots but found them very helpful and supportive. However, the use of flash photography is banned on the underground so he enlisted the assistance of his friend Josh Kumra, a musician from Swindon, to carry and hold when needed a light reflector.
During my visit to the exhibit one of the portraiture subjects, 17-year-old Joey Goodman, came in and agreed to pose for me with his portrait taken at Swiss Cottage underground station on the Jubilee Line in July 2013. Joey told me he had just come back from working as an extra in a film production and the casting team had asked him to bring a spare pair of shoes hence why they are hanging around his neck in his photograph taken by Brendan.
In an interview just before the exhibition Brendan told the journalist "For me, photography needs to evoke some kind of emotion. In the gallery, visitors will have 150 strangers staring at them, it’s going to make people feel something…" In my view this emotional connection was achieved in plenty and I'm sure Brendan has even more human-interest photography projects in the pipeline for the future and is, without any doubt, a photographer to watch.