14 November 2022
Recording of the week: The window seat
This week’s post comes from Giulia Baldorilli, Sound and Vision Reference Specialist.
Above: Photo from train window taken by Giulia Baldorilli
Living in London, as I do, means commuting to work every day, and I find the quality of my daily commute really affects my mood and well-being.
It’s my belief that you need to entertain yourself when commuting. Taking the underground in London always fascinates me. The variety of faces and colours is what keeps my mind busy even during rush hour when the tube is packed. People are a good source for stories and day-dreaming. I tend to imagine where the person in front of me might be from, what their plan is for that evening, or for the next year.
In the interview excerpt below from the National Life Stories project, the artist Ian Breakwell talks about why he prefers taking public transport. He discusses how it allows us do all the things we want to do, many of which are not possible with other forms of transport.
His last point about viewing landscape through a train window resonates with me in particular. As I and many in the UK return to working on-site most days of the week, the commute makes its gradual shift back into our daily routine. I like being a passenger. It is a chance to enjoy the landscape outside the window and lose myself in an unexpected inner conversation, or reverie.
This interview is available in full as part of a collection on the British Library Sounds website.