The Trevor Whelan Collection
For those of us who have an extensive interest in design and the history of London's transport, the London Underground system perfectly encapsulates the historical legacy that began with the London Passenger Transport Board back in 1933. More than 70 years later that rich design legacy is still highly visible on the Underground network, and even with the current extensive refurbishment work one can look back across several decades of design trends.
My first photographic images of the LU system were taken in November 1969 during an official visit to Neasden depot and since then I have tried to record aspects of the contemporary scene, a process that became increasingly difficult for a time due to fears of terrorism. While constant vigilance is essential, the sometimes irrational response of officials to genuine historians and photographers was both disappointing and arguably counter-productive. This was especially true of people like me, who are well versed in transport security policy and procedures. Fortunately, during 2010 there was a long overdue outbreak of common sense, with enthusiasts and photographers no longer harried unnecessarily, although I know from personal experience that there are still isolated problems caused by over-officious staff.
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The thumbnail gallery on this page is intended to provide examples of my work. I apologise for the lack of links to larger versions of these images due to the risk of plagiarism and breaches of copyright. Genuine enquiries are welcomed via the e-mail link above.