What's this book about?
I spent two years travelling 3200 rail miles and 500 miles on foot. Share in my memories from around the streets of London that make up 'the end of the line'. Memories of my exhilarating journey will delight, excite and entice you. My only companions were my camera, a new pair of walking shoes, my free Oyster card, and an enquiring mind.
'Memories from The End Of The Line' is an A4 hardback landscape photo book that takes you on a journey to 79 destinations from Abbey Wood to Woolwich Arsenal. Discover the things I find, the people I meet and learn a little about their surroundings.
The story unfolds with a brief description of the 11 Underground lines, the London Overground, the Docklands Light Railway, TfL Rail, London Trams and the Emirates Air Line. You'll also learn a little about each 'end of the line station' as well as a bit about London's transport future at three 'under construction' stations.
Enjoy this visual snapshot of a colourful London, where I have selected 79 photographic memories from over 7,000 I took discovering London's inner and outer reaches. There's one for each 'end of the line' destination that makes up my memories, and each with its own story to tell.
Why this book?
London is an eclectic, diverse and vibrant city that screams out its beauty all around. Often it’s not realised, appreciated or applauded as people move around singularly focussed on where they want to get to.
This book is for the casual or seasoned London commuter who wants to rekindle a love for their home. For those whose journey starts or ends at any of these 79 stations and who may never give a second thought to their surroundings. And for those who have forgotten the joys of commuting during the pandemic travelling restrictions.
It's for those who enjoy London based travel stories and those who simply want to dip into London life. Or the curious traveller who loves to roam and rummage for the unusual or out of the ordinary.
And it's for those who like to browse through photography books or even learn a little about London’s travel network and their destinations.
It will appeal to anyone with interests in travel, photography or local history. An ideal present to gift to family and friends as a birthday or Christmas present.
An ideal coffee table book too, rich enough to adorn any waiting area where there are transient visitors, or even on your bookshelf to enjoy knowing you have it and then show it to family and friends.
Your support will help me print 120 copies of my A4 landscape book showcasing 79 glorious colour and black and white photographs inside its 276 pages. Your generous support will help pay for:
- Printing the book.
- The cost value of the rewards.
- Postage and packaging
- Marketing through Crowdfunder
- Editing, Design work and ISBN registration
Having taken all the photographs and written the content, I was delighted that Jenn Garside was involved in the book's design. Jenn's magical skills transformed the raw material into this fabulous book which will be available from the printers in time to distribute from the 1st July 2021.
Who am I?
Hi, I'm Richard Thomas, and since March 2018, I've been masquerading as 'theendoftheline', a London street photographer, weekly blogger, and daily social media contributor. You can follow my blog here.
Born and bred in Aberystwyth in 1956 and now an east London resident for over 30 years. I'm a passionate Welshman and Liverpool FC supporter, a husband, a father and a grandfather. All of which brings me joy in many ways. I've always travelled with a camera and my passion for photography started in my late teens inspired by browsing through photographic books.
My inspiration to explore comes from my father who told me '...if you don't know something, always ask...' and it's advice I drew on as I delved into parts of London that might otherwise have remained hidden.