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Old January 6 2009, 08:26 AM   #1
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Abandoned London

Inspired by 28 Days Later, a photographer went out early on Christmas morning and took photos of London without any people.

There's also a larger collection on Flickr.

This one is especially unbelievable - Piccadilly Circus is never that empty!:


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Old January 6 2009, 08:39 AM   #2
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Impressive collection of photographs. It's amazing - even on Christmas morning - that the streets of a city of that size can be so empty.
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Old January 6 2009, 08:42 AM   #3
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As I have no idea what London normally looks like, I can't say I'm terribly impressed.
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Old January 6 2009, 08:46 AM   #4
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Re: Abandoned London

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As I have no idea what London normally looks like, I can't say I'm terribly impressed.
I'll give you a clue, normally around this time of year if you want to imagine what London looks like just think "Malthusian catastrophe" and you'll get an idea.
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Old January 6 2009, 10:03 AM   #5
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That looks like all of my nightmares come true.

That movie scared the hell out of me, as do all "disaster" or "apocalyptic" movies.

Very impressive photos.
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Old January 6 2009, 10:31 AM   #6
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I remember hanging around New York City around dawn, in the Village, Central Park, the Battery and the World Trade Center. It was definitely eerie, being as deserted as those pictures of London. Then, when the sun came up, homeless people started crawling out of all their nooks and crannies and I remarked that it was reminiscent of Dawn Of The Dead.
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Old January 6 2009, 10:32 AM   #7
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I remember hanging around New York City around dawn, in the Village, Central Park, the Battery and the World Trade Center. It was definitely eerie, being as deserted as those pictures of London. Then, when the sun came up, homeless people started crawling out of all their nooks and crannies and I remarked that it was reminiscent of Dawn Of The Dead.
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Old January 6 2009, 01:00 PM   #8
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I thought NY was the city that never sleeps.
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Old January 6 2009, 02:32 PM   #9
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Nice version of a very old idea.
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Old January 6 2009, 02:37 PM   #10
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I thought NY was the city that never sleeps.
I thought that was Vegas.
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Old January 6 2009, 02:38 PM   #11
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Amazing! I looked at the full set of pictures, and that guy covered a lot of ground in a short time!
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Old January 6 2009, 02:41 PM   #12
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I thought NY was the city that never sleeps.
I thought that was Vegas.
I'm only going by the song.

Start spreadin' the news ...
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Old January 6 2009, 02:44 PM   #13
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Amazing! I looked at the full set of pictures, and that guy covered a lot of ground in a short time!
Depends, really - I always find that the Tube map makes Central London look a lot bigger than it really is.
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Old January 6 2009, 02:54 PM   #14
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If anything, the map makes it look smaller! London is a huge city. Even from the air, it stretches horizon to horizon and doesn't seem to end. I've walked to and from a lot of those locations myself (as walking is my predominant form of travel), and it ain't as quick as it looks, let me tell you that. It is doable of course, especially on a bike, as he had. Still, I wouldn't like to do ALL of those locations in a SINGLE morning!
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Old January 6 2009, 02:59 PM   #15
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I walk around in London a lot. It only takes me, for instance, 30 minutes to get from work in Southwark to Oxford Street. I could probably make it to all the places he went to in a few hours.
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