I love this passage about London, the city where I was born and where I live.
I debated whether to attribute this quote to Henry Ryecroft, a fictional character, or to the author who created him, George Gissing. The quote is from Gissing’s book, The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft, “a semi-fictional autobiographical work […] in which the author casts himself as the editor of the diary of a deceased acquaintance, selecting essays for posthumous publication.” (Wiki) Since the quote is presented as written by Ryecroft, I decided to leave it in his name.
As Samuel Johnson put it, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.”
Taken during my first ride on the London Eye shortly after it opened, my favourite version of the image is this one, where everything but the distinctive London red buses are de-saturated. I love how the black and white shows off the architecture of the houses of parliament, and the splashes of red bring us back to the people travelling through it.
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