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Leake Street Tunnel – British local flavour

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I’ve decided to make the first blog post on my recent venture to one of the most coolest places in London town. Would you believe the Leake Street Tunnel, hidden under Waterloo train station is an authorised area where you can watch street artists plying their graffiti trade with maximum effect. 

 I'm ready, are you?

As I worked my way through the tunnel I came across these two ladies – one waiting patiently to be photographed behind the barrier and the other ready to snap her up.

What drew me to the secret tunnel was the gritty underground nature of the graffiti. A friend and I decided to take a trip down recently on what probably felt like the coldest day in February, and I kid you not, it was one of the coolest places I’ve ever been to!

Definitely one of the best places to see graffiti and street art in London

Definitely one of the best places to see graffiti and street art in London

Literally from one end of the Leake Street Tunnel to the other the walls (and ceiling) were jam-packed with amazing graffiti that apparently never stays the same.

While the tunnel felt a little eerie at times, the magic of the colourful images left me in awe.

While the tunnel felt a little eerie at times, the magic of the colourful images left me in awe.

It was a little difficult to find at first even though we kind of knew where we were going . The murals were super impressive. Spray cans were everywhere and people filled the tunnel gazing in amazement as the artists got down to work.

The colour on this particular section of the tunnel kept drawing me in.

The colour on this particular section of the tunnel kept drawing me in.

Hands down, this place is a definite must see if you’re into terrific, mind-boggling street art.

I literally looked up towards the ceiling and this beauty was looking down at me.

I literally looked up towards the ceiling and this beauty was looking down at me.

 

Graffiti break

Graffiti break

Fun fact: The process behind these images.

The tunnel was full from top to bottom with colourful graffiti. My aim was to highlight the richness of the murals even in the most darkest of areas in the tunnel. For certain parts I had to increase the shutter speed to combat some of the lighting and even reduced it where I saw fit to capture the light that hit certain parts of the tunnel which gave off perfectly shadowed areas.

Peace and love guys,

jp.PDF - my signed name

“Practice the art of focusing on what’s awesome to you.” ― Fer Juaristi

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Author: Sóla Snapshot

Photographer and blogger - Street | Architecture | Travel My photographic adventures, whether close to home or far away. Lover of good food, dogs (even though I don't have one yet), orangutangs and travelling the world.

9 thoughts on “Leake Street Tunnel – British local flavour

  1. Absolutely vibrant work. I’m also writing about street art from Cape town

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    • Thank you! The images were so magically colourful I almost didn’t want to leave. Although, the weather quickly reminded me that I needed to be inside somewhere cosy and warm. Is the street art just as vibrant in Cape Town too?

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      • I’m sure. Yes, the work is remarkable. I’ll be posting some more images up soon. A lot of conceptual pieces that emphasise political issues within the country.

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  3. Great! Looking forward to viewing.

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  4. Practice walls like this are often the best, and the work is ephemeral. Always take pictures!

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  5. That is awesome art! I can’t wait to visit there on my European summer trip!

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