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Take Another Look At . . . is a joint poetry project between Sally Crawford and Enrico. Using our camera lenses as well as our poet's eye, we report on what we see as we go about our business as working poet reporters. We take photographs of the unpoetic as well as of the transcendent in our chosen cities, London in this case. In addition, Enrico is presently in Orléans. For his latest photographs, see Poetry Report from Orléans.


Tate Modern in August
Tate Modern in August
Head to Head exhibition
at the eastern end of the
Turbine Hall.

(Nearest tubes: Bank, Waterloo,
Southwark.) (E)



London Planes, April to July
Plane trees, early AprilPlane trees, late April
London Planes (above, left), cut back to maximise light
to buildings, wait to come into leaf. Right, they begin to
come into leaf; below left, leafing progresses and (inset,
clickable image) light through the tree canopy. The same
trees (below, right) in full leaf.
(Nearest tube: Goodge Street.) (SC)

Plane trees, early June
Plane trees, early July


Couple walking
Couple walking Couple walkingCouple walking
Couple walking, South Bank.
(Nearest tube: Waterloo.) (E)


London to Go, W1
London to Go, W1 London to Go, W1London to Go, W1
West One diner.
(Nearest tube: Oxford Circus.) (SC)

Crocuses, W1
Crocus in park, W1 Crocus in park, W1Crocus in park, W1
Being small in the grass: the viewpoint of a sparrow.
(Nearest tube: Regent's Park.) (E)


Urban articulation I, NW8
Tree and Stand limb, Lord's, NW8 Tree and Stand limb, Lord's, NW8Tree and Stand limb, Lord's, NW8
Tree limb and engineering limb, Lord's Cricket Ground.
(Nearest tube: St John's Wood.) (SC)


Canary Wharf on water, E14
Canary Wharf, E14 Canary Wharf, E14
Canary Wharf, E14
The vanishing footprint of buildings on water.
(Nearest tube: Canary Wharf.) (E)


Urban articulation, II, WC1

Tree and lamp post, WC1 Tree and lamp post, WC1
Tree and lamp post, WC1
Tree and lamp post in vertical alignment in Malet Street.
(Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road.) (SC)


Rear-view mirror by Golder's Green tube
station, NW11

Rear-view mirror, NW11 Rear-view mirror, NW11
Rear-view mirror, NW11
Nature on glass: an urban reflection.
(Nearest tube: Golder's Green.) (E)


BT Tower seen through winter trees, Regent's
Park, NW1

BT Tower, NW1 BT Tower, NW1
BT Tower, NW1
Technology side by side with nature.
(Nearest tube: Regent's Park.) (SC)

Snail by Golder's Green tube, NW11
Snail on pavement, NW11 Snail on pavement, NW11
Snail on pavement, NW11
In a city obsessed with going from point A to
point B, some creatures take their time.

(Nearest tube: Golder's Green.) (E)


Daffodil in urban lane, W1
Daffodil, W1 Daffodil, W1
Daffodil, W1
Nature as geometer.
(Nearest tube: Goodge Street.) (SC)


McCann Erickson Building (detail) , WC1

McCann Erickson Building McCann Erickson Building McCann Erickson Building
The classical and the austere: the proportions
(of thirties architecture) seem never to fail to
lift the spirit.
(Nearest tube: Russell Square.) (SC)


The Shell Centre, SE1
Shell Centre Shell Centre
Shell Centre
Cubic volumes, concrete and light: the auto-
nomous reality of a big city.

(Nearest tube: Waterloo.) (E)


Arnos Grove Tube interior, N14
Arnos Grove Tube Arnos Grove Tube Arnos Grove Tube
Even more austere – pure function and yet
it still lifts: one of Charles Holden's
chefs d'oeuvre.
(Tube: Arnos Grove.) (SC)



Armchair, Cheshire Street, E2
armchair, Cheshire Street armchair, Cheshire Street
armchair, Cheshire Street
Absence and forgetting. I wondered which came
first.

(Nearest tube: Bethnal Green.) (E)








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Take Another Look At London.

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