Hello again for the newest instalment of my ImpalaPrints blog !
My Etsy shop has been really busy this week as I’ve began to upload my Vintage London photographs a few of which you can see below. As a resident of London I love looking through them and observing how the landmarks have transformed over the years. If you wish to view the photos for sale follow this link.
Hand drawn maps
Last week I hinted at playing with the idea of mapping a bustling city, a Victorian or Steampunked world. The image below is a draft of a fictional city based very loosely on Victorian London and on old maps of that time. With railways the only efficient long distance transport I loved copying old maps where the railways dominated the growing city. A quick procrastination followed as I researched how the railways affected London itself. For instance the London Midlands Railway company demolished 4,000 London houses making 32,000 people at a time when the company had no obligation to rehouse them . This dramatically changed the Composition of the city socially and thus physically, as transport sped up so the heart of the city seamed to beat to a faster tempo. The image below is a first draft of a fictional city based on this research while the second image is template for a more fictional city with a nod to steampunk ideas. As you can see the image is dominated by the modes of transport at the time, the great river meandering through the city and the vein like railways connecting up the stations. My plan for this image is too be able to frame it as nice item or digitise it for wallpaper. This image shows a fictional steampunk city enclosed by defences, this is one idea I wish to pursue in the future and have another go at producing maps for an alternative history or fantasy world.
While drawing some of my city maps I came up with other ideas that I wish to follow in next week’s blog. The first of these occurred to me observing how the idea of motion is evoked in the criss-crossing of railways and roads. Moreover it made me think of how blood rushes around the body, how it flows from the heart to the extremities. This is a perfect metaphor for the modern city forever in motion a vital physical powerhouse. Secondly I found this is Juxtaposed to the more unilateral sense of the city as a place devoid of or remote from nature. I will close with this rather nifty quote from the famous Henry David Thoreau Normally, we treat “outside” as simply an in-between state, as we move busily from A to B, from one inside to another. As such, it is merely “some space that takes some time”. The true walker, however, inhabits the landscape and dwells within it for the duration of his or her journey.  London: A Social History Roy Porter