Christmas in London, 2012, a set on Flickr.
Best wishes for the holiday season to those following my work, or to anyone who has just stumbled across it. This is a selection of Christmas-themed photos that I’ve taken over the last month during my journeys around London, as part of my ongoing project to photograph the whole of London by bike, which I began in May this year.
This is the 69th set of my London photos, and it was fun to go through all the photos I’ve been accumulating from my almost daily journeys, large and small, over the last month, picking out those with a Christmas theme — from locations in north London, in central London and the City, on the Isle of Dogs and at various places in south east London, where I live — including my home in Brockley, and also Blackheath, Camberwell, Deptford, Greenwich, Honor Oak, Lewisham and Rotherhithe.
I have now published 1,400 photos of London — just a fraction of the total number of photos I have taken as part of my project over the last seven months, as I have more than 6,000 photos to publish as we near 2013, accumulated over the last five months, and, of course, I’ll be undertaking many more journeys as winter turns to spring.
I hope you enjoy this Christmas set, which, like most of my work, is intended to capture glimpses of life in London — and the fabric of the city — that are not generally seen, and that you’ll stay with me as my project develops. Do let me know if there are any areas of London you’d like to see me photograph. I may have been there already, and am just awaiting for the opportunity to publish them, or it may be somewhere that I need to put on my to-do list.
If you’re off work for a few days at least — and I hope you are — then have a great break. I’ll be back soon with more Guantánamo-related material, although I will be spending most of the next few days with my family, and hopefully getting a chance to relax.
Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK) and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed — and I can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Flickr (my photos) and YouTube. Also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, updated in April 2012, “The Complete Guantánamo Files,” a 70-part, million-word series drawing on files released by WikiLeaks in April 2011, and details about the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, and available on DVD here — or here for the US). Also see my definitive Guantánamo habeas list and the chronological list of all my articles, and please also consider joining the new “Close Guantánamo campaign,” and, if you appreciate my work, feel free to make a donation.
On Facebook, Angela Godfrey-Goldstein wrote:
Really beautiful photos, Andy. Makes me quite homesick… many thanks for all that sturdy pioneering biking.
You’re most welcome, Angela. The cycling iself is just for me, I think (except when I get to cycle with other people), but the places I get to visit, and the photos I take, are my gift for anyone who’s interested. I’m very glad you’re enjoying them so much!
Zilma Nunes wrote:
Merry Christmas for you and your family…
Thanks, Zilma. Happy Christmas to you and yours, too!
Merry Christmas, and may the Gitmo prisoners get out in 2013 (apart from the few guilty ones that is.)
Thank you, Thomas. Merry Christmas to you too! And yes, the plan has to be to persuade Obama to up his game and not be the footnote in the history books – the President who promised so much, but failed to deliver because it was, you know, politically inconvenient …
Beverly Hendricks wrote:
Happy holidays, Andy! Thanks for everything you do for the world.
Beth Bailey-Kingdon wrote:
LOVE your photos, Andy – they make me SO homesick for Britain. Best to you and yours this holiday!
Thank you, Beverly and Beth. Lovely to hear from you both, and sorry for the delay in replying. I only just saw your comments, so thank you for the wonderfully supportive words.
Also, I’m sorry to make you homesick, Beth, but happy that I’m capturing something of the essence of Britain for you.
Happy New Year to you both!
Writer, campaigner, investigative journalist and commentator. Recognized as an authority on Guantánamo and the “war on terror.” Co-founder, Close Guantánamo, co-director, We Stand With Shaker. Also, singer and songwriter (The Four Fathers) and photographer.
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