The latest Fuel Publication book details a place known around the world as being mecca for all types of people to gather, enticed by its nooks and crannies, the bigger details and it’s shimmering startling scenery. London, a new book by Patrick Keiller with commentary from an unknown source plus his companion Robinson, this crowd pulling book is certainly delightsome book that grabs your attention.
Think back to 1992, that carefree period when there wasn’t a lockdown or mask in sight, this is the period the book is focused on taking in locations and places that you might not necessarily think would entertain the eye in a book format, but it really does. One of the best shots in the book is of a Concord plane almost scraping the tiles of a roof of a suburban house, there’s something in the simple detail of a plane flying so close to roof tiles that pulls you in to the page.
There are further simplistic shots including the old Wembley stadium with its iconic stone work now a thing of the past but looking as welcoming as it ever was, a quite wonderful shot is a water stream what looks like in the early hours of the morning with sumptuous browns and orange colours the scene looks like a carefully imagined painting. Battersea power station, without a pig flying over rather its simple artistic appeal is in the building itself. A simple road sign marking the way to Hayward Gallery whilst on the flip side what looks like a building in the heart of Canary Wharf creeps above some dark green shrubbery.
This heart-warming publication leaves fond memories of a now bygone era with maybe the people who lived around the hustle and bustle of the time might look back on and wonder how they missed some of the scenes now brought back to life through printed page, a book full of detail and wonder.
London can be purchased via the Fuel website