London-based photographer Luke Agbaimoni has always been drawn to twilight and night photography, mostly because he enjoys the technical challenge of capturing low-light images. But as he grew busier and work stressors encroached on his free time, it became harder for him to find time to photograph cityscapes and rainy reflections during the evening.
As a force of habit, Luke always totes a camera along when he commutes to work. One morning, he realized that London’s Underground stations provide a similar low-light atmosphere that reminds him of his favorite time of day. So he started taking photos as he traveled between work and home. Over time, he built quite a collection, but he didn’t see the point in letting hundreds of images sit on a hard drive in a dusty desk drawer. That’s when he came up with the idea of the Tube Mapper Project.
He launched a website and accompanying social media accounts, and soon saw that his photographs not only captured London’s commuter life, but they actually created a visual map of the city’s Underground stations and Tube lines.
“We use these stations to navigate our lives, so it’s no surprise that each station holds memories and feelings,” Luke explains. “The Tube Mapper Project captures snippets of these emotions and evokes recognition, making us stop and think about the surroundings we ignore during our commutes.”
Although Luke started the project by accident, Tube Mapper is now a full-fledged initiative attempting to capture everyday happenings in each London Underground, Overground, and DLR Station, while conveying the beauty of fleeting moments we can all relate to.