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Charing Cross, 6 July 2005

On 6 July 2005, London won its bid to host the 2012 Olympics. The capital celebrated, into the evening.

 

This is my picture story... it started on 6 July. After work, I took my mobile phone, a k700i, for an evening wander around Trafalgar Square. The following evening I returned, retracing my steps, retaking some of the images.

 

I didn't know it when I took this photo, but it turned out that the next day, 7 July, was to be a very different one.

 

I have made a set, starting with this image and with the same title as this shot: 'What a difference a day makes' Probably best to view it as a slideshow, although there are comments throughout, because it's really a narrative.

 

The pictures, taken on my mobile, are a kind of tale... my story... over those two days in July 2005.

 

This particular photo, taken in the late evening light of 6/7/2005, was the eve of 7/7... I nearly deleted it... the timing is one of those flukes... but perhaps it's a symbol of hope.

The London tube - shoot from the hip (well, almost).

This one won prize in a Lomo contest and was featured on the official Bmw Magazine.

Helicopters are flying over our studio regularly.

We are under the flight path of the Air Ambulance to The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel.

The are also news and Police helicopters circling above.

news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/4659093.stm

The 139, heading around Trafalgar Square, towards Waterloo, evening, 7 July 2005

This was taken at about 3pm, as the standard was adjusting it's print run to cope with the events of the day.

 

Several bombs went off in London on 7th July 2005. One on a bus, ripping it to shreds, others on the underground.

This is not me, nor taken by me - this picture was taken by Adam Stacey and was originally uploaded here, with a CC licence.

Some Londoners took to the pubs after work, many still communicating with friends and relatives using their mobile phones

Tube wasn't working - but I needed to get to White City - so I started walking, trying to find the right bus. I'd taken a picture of a London2012 flag just near this bus stop the evening before... I wondered why the queues...

London, the morning of 7 July 2005, before it became clear why the tube wasn't working; why there were no buses; why there were sirens. Still trying to get to White City at this point (I ended up at back in the Strand).

 

I thought I was taking a last couple of photos - a bookend - for my mobile picture story about London's winning bid...

 

I wasn't.

 

This was a new story. But it was also part of the same story... a story about London which ran over two days in July.

 

What a difference a day makes.

this was on edgeware road around 6pm

 

more 7/7 photos here

Police officers walking through the crime scene area

Police at main tube entrance

The morning newspapers all have the terror attack as the main story on the front page. Except for the "Daily Sport" who allocated the bottom third of their front page to the outrage: the majority of the page taken up by a semi-nude girl.

Today I am happy and sad. Happy for my family who live in London to be well, but sad for the innocents who not had the same luck. Outcry for peace!

Thanks to Glauka and _Granados_. They and their works were who moved me to made anything, to express my emotions.

 

And thaks to all people.

Remenber, we're not alone...

...in pain, in fight, in peace, in our lives...

London Charing Cross, 21 July 2005

Heading home. London Charing Cross, 21 July 2005, evening.

A much quieter and emptier Trafalgar Square on 7 July 2005, than it had been the evening before, when London had won the 2012 Olympics

This is the ticket which I used to get into London on 7/7/05, the day that London was hit by a series of Bomb blasts.

This was taken on the day that London was hit by a series of Bomb blasts. When I went past in the morning they had the guards with their buzbys, when I returned it was guys with machine guns, and the area was cordoned off.

 

This is a cropped and enlarged photo of another photo in the photostream

It was a lot to take in.

 

Later on, I saw a girl reading another edition of the paper, with the word "CARNAGE" across the top. I thought that was a bit unwise, as we were on the bus at the time.

This was taken on the day that London was hit by a series of Bomb blasts. When I went past in the morning they had the guards with their buzbys, when I returned it was guys with machine guns, and the area was cordoned off.

 

I've cropped and enlarged this photo here

Looking down Gray's Inn Rd towards King's Cross Station

CNN's Becky Anderson having a cigarette

Reporter outside main entrance

This guy was desperate to get rid of stacks of the West End Final edition, which given the importance of the day's events should have been flying through his hands.

 

Instead, there was nobody around to buy them. Ghost town.

 

He was kind enough to let me have one of the posters. I'm not sure I'll ever put it up, though. There's something about "Terrorists Attack London - Many Dead" that might be a little hard to stomach every day.

Tourists visiting London, their stay affected by acts of terrorism

Charing Cross, 6 July 2005

My condolences to friends in London and all of the United Kingdom after the bomb attacks to the transportation system. We in the United States have suffered similar attacks, and God proved Himself faithful. He will do the same for you too.

Psalm 91:3-5

 

3 Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare

and from the deadly pestilence.

 

4 He will cover you with his feathers,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

 

5 You will not fear the terror of night,

nor the arrow that flies by day,

 

New International Version (NIV)

not too many people could get that close. the police had done a good job of flagging off the area. most of the photographers could only look from a far

But our city walks tall. London Charing Cross, 21 July 2005, evening.

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