The Tube Mapper: Photographer Luke Agbaimoni's mission to document every London Underground station

A trip on the London Underground isn't just an exhilarating experience for those who occasionally visit the capital; it's the beloved backbone of the city, a system treasured by Londoners of all ages and backgrounds, for helping them to easily get around.

Yes, we might moan about it sometimes, particularly when there are delays or long queues. But it's public transport London couldn't live without. It also happens to be the inspiration for 'Tube Mapper', an ongoing photography project by Luke Agbaimoni, which has just been turned into a new book.

"The London Underground is part of our identity," he says. "A network of shared experiences and visual memories. My project captures moments of subconscious recognition and overlooked interests, showcasing images that can be seen near or at every London tube station."

Based in London, Luke is an author, photographer and designer who has an arts background with a degree in graphic design. His photography, however, was self-taught after he graduated. With a special love for dusk and night photography, he enjoys the technical challenge of capturing low light images.

Luke began his ongoing Tube Mapper project back in 2016, just as his first child was born. He has since covered just about every London Underground, Overground and DLR station in the capital – from Aldgate and Angel to Baker Street, Clapham North and White City – he's photographed them all. "I realised that the free time I used for creative photography of cityscapes at dusk was likely to disappear. So I devised a new project that would fit more comfortably around my work schedule. The Tube Mapper project was born and I started capturing moments on my commute on the London Underground," he explains.

On his website, he helpfully categorises each station and also provides collections such as Animals, where we see charming pics of dogs, cats and even birds on the transport system, and for the Wes Anderson fans amongst us, Symmetry.

Follow the Tube Mapper project on Twitter or Instagram. And if the new photobook isn't enough, you can also grab a 2021 calendar, featuring some highlights from the series.


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