There's no denying that we love a good map, especially when it comes to the tube, but sometimes all those angular lines and primary colours can get a bit samey. Here to change that is photographer Ant Smith, who's spent the last 20 months diligently working his way round the London Underground to photograph every single station on the network. That's a whopping 269 stations, FYI.
Now that he's done the leg work, Smith wants to put his snaps on show in an exhibition of one giant photographic visualisation of the tube map. The plan is to create a 65ft x 44ft display, made up of one photograph for each station. As well as a pretty big room, he's going to need some funds to get the exhibition off the ground, which is why he's started a crowdfunding campaign for the project. You can pledge anything from £1 upwards, and rewards range from a digital photo frame loaded up with all 269 images to an original exhibited print. He's also collecting Londoners' personal stories about particular tube stations, so that he can eventually release a book of his photographs accompanied by the stories. You can email him your tube tales at email@example.com.
Take a look at some of his pictures below:
Smith has conveniently organised the pictures by zones and different lines - take a look at the slideshows on his YouTube channel here. Find out more about the project here.
Isabelle Aron is Deputy Features Editor at Time Out London. She joined in 2015.
Having started at Time Out London working on the blog, Isabelle developed an in-depth knowledge of weird pop-up venues, niche tube map facts and silly London food hybrids. As Deputy Features Editor, the topic she covers are equally varied – from interviewing the 'Queer Eye' guys (a career highlight) to telling stories of ordinary Londoners doing extraordinary things. Born and bred in London, Isabelle has been in the industry for five years and during her time Time Out, she's won a PPA New Talent 30 Under 30 award and been nominated for Best Team at the BSME awards for her work with Features Editor Kate Lloyd.