Being There

Posted by
OurTwoSense (Atlantic Shores, United States) on 11 March 2011 in Documentary & Street.

Lilly : Do you know where this place on the Beatles' 'Abbey Road' LP actually is, Ronnie ??
Ronnie : Vaguely . . I was reading something about it the other day while waiting for a taxi.
Lilly : Oh . . you should have asked the cab driver where it is, silly.

Here's >>> a few extra shots from my visit to Abbey Road

And, the webcam is worth a watch if you can load it.


- Ronnie

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Alun from cheshire,, United Kingdom

really super image, very strong

11 Mar 2011 6:06am

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

superlative display of your artistic, collaborative minds! I'm sure John, Sir Paul and the rest of the Beatles would love this one!

11 Mar 2011 6:37am

sim from k, Iran

ha ha great

11 Mar 2011 7:20am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

What a very articulated thumb you have! It must be a sign of creativity!

11 Mar 2011 7:57am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

I especially like the hands!!

11 Mar 2011 8:37am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

ha ! excellent composition at this place ! superb DOF !

11 Mar 2011 9:17am

marci from in, Morocco

great merging of images - your blur is awesome :D

11 Mar 2011 9:51am

@marci: Thanx, Marci. The blur is 100% natural in this one because I photographed the newspaper right there at the scene ! (Ronnie)

Elaine- from Vancouver, Canada

so is that the place in the background? you take the coolest pics!!! i wouldn't have had that beatles pic coz frankly i don't like the beatles lol except the cars but i think that's spelled differently :) most excellent work!!!!

11 Mar 2011 10:18am

@Elaine-: ~Yup, that's the place, near enough - I've posted up a few extra views while I have them to hand. (Ronnie)

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

The long and winding road to your door
Three lefts and a right should do it
Uh oh I've been this way before.

11 Mar 2011 10:35am

@grouser: A gift to you for sure - love it !! (Ronnie)

Val37 from Tours, France

Excelllent, like alxays ! Have a nice day !

11 Mar 2011 10:39am

k@ from Paris, France

;)) I've been said the real one in some meters behind, i love that, people thinking they are on the real one... but no ;)

11 Mar 2011 10:43am

@k@: Yes, you are right that the crossing was moved a few meters years back but it's close, close enough ! I'll post up some other shots from the visit. Thanks, Karine ! (Ronnie)

k@ from Paris, France

I've read the real one is some meters from this one they repainted.

11 Mar 2011 11:50am

@k@: Yes, you are right - seems I got there 28 years late !! Thanks, k@.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Great concept Ronnie, and well put together too!

11 Mar 2011 12:18pm

Rosa Frei - Photo Emotions from Ouarzazate, Morocco

You are a great story teller, it's so much more than just showing pictures....

11 Mar 2011 12:23pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

I love this picture of my idols ... Those were the days. Good dialogue with your friend ... as always! Thanks you very much... I remember. A hug, Adela

11 Mar 2011 12:29pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

that is wonderful creation ;) Love it . Love Beatles ;)

11 Mar 2011 12:50pm

Franz from Baden, Austria

perfect! one of the cleverest collages i've ever seen! (but i may be biased as a first-day beatles fan!)

11 Mar 2011 1:22pm

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Love the way you've blended Lilly's hand and picture into the actual place, but in a different season! Great job!

11 Mar 2011 2:08pm

@Monique: Thanks, Monique. Yes, apparently, the album artwork photograph was taken on 8 August 1969 with the trees in full leaf ! (Ronnie)

larry from somewhere in, Singapore

I like the composition. Nice

11 Mar 2011 2:18pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Great combination of the real landmark and the LP cover, which of course is still in every cupboard.....
I was actually trying to figure out this was Abbey Road for real as I read your reply to Monique:-DD

11 Mar 2011 2:35pm

@Marleen: Yes, the background is for real and there are some other shots I took on that day here. Thanks, Marleen. (Ronnie)

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great creation & wonderfully presented..5*****

11 Mar 2011 2:46pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

My favourite band ever, and the reason I became a musician. Therefore, how not to be completely wowed by this clever shot? Yeah, I'm wowed and you just made my day! Cheers; I only wish my morning coffee didn't taste like something cultivated from an octopus's garden. :)

11 Mar 2011 3:15pm

@Rick: Great, Rick ! Hope you saw the plain shots of Abbey Road I linked back to and there is a live webcam - sometimes ! (Ronnie)

Dana from Burbank, United States

Excellent. Cramming three segments into one shot. The Beatles' Abbey Road jacket, a blurry Abbey Road and the news clip about the shifting landmark site. Love this. Love the discussion. And of course the moral: The cabbie knows.

11 Mar 2011 3:18pm

@Dana: Thanks, Dana - have a great weekend ! (L&R)

Don from Spokane, United States

The two shots tie together so well. Excellent post.

11 Mar 2011 3:38pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A very cool one today! This is excellent and makes me smile.

11 Mar 2011 3:39pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Wow, that's like almost sacred ground to many folks. Creatively done!

11 Mar 2011 4:04pm

@B. Thomas: Yes, there were folks arriving all the time I was there . . many way too young to have been around in 1969 but clearly devoted followers nonetheless. Strange feeling. (Ronnie)

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Zebra crossing is still there, of course.

11 Mar 2011 4:06pm

@António Pires: Yes - as k@ pointed out, it was moved along a few meters years ago for highway reasons but the spirit moved with it ! (Ronnie)

Florence from Paris, France

Clever once again ! Love this juxtaposition.

11 Mar 2011 4:43pm

Jen from Alpharetta, United States


11 Mar 2011 5:02pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Great this composition, splendid job, I like. Good day.

11 Mar 2011 5:10pm

karla from Omaha, United States

Delightful!!! Made me smile right away. Good composite work here! And thanks for the extra views.

11 Mar 2011 5:28pm

Steve from Sonoma, United States

"I saw the news today oh boy...."

11 Mar 2011 6:59pm

Ken from United States

so clever, both of you!

11 Mar 2011 7:15pm

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

Cool. :)

11 Mar 2011 7:18pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

Memories come flooding back from that iconic shot. As a pre-teen I remember seeing them film 'Help' in..... ermm where was it now? oh yes, I was in Lime Street so it must be Liverpool. A very cool picture Ronnie.

11 Mar 2011 7:57pm

@Michael: Curious how so many of us relate to this little bit of music history. Although I live in London and have driven this road many a time, this is the first time I have photographed the location and, indeed, walked that crossing ! (Ronnie)

brine from entre Paris et Valence, France

That's why, even after a certain absence, I always return on Aminus: to find photos so beautiful as cunning! And the text which accompanies it is always so funny... Then, also let us ask the taxi driver where is " lucy in the sky with diamonds ", lol... Bravo to you two!

11 Mar 2011 8:32pm

@brine: Hello, Brine - nice to see you around again ! Welcome back.

ripple from Nottingham, United Kingdom

Excellent- love the composition. : )

11 Mar 2011 8:38pm

jhcibils from Berlin, Germany

was you there? a very good composicion!

11 Mar 2011 9:23pm

@jhcibils: I was there ! (Ronnie)

Marie from FRESNES, France

excellente composition.

11 Mar 2011 9:41pm

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

so pleased to see that ! They are 'toute ma jeunesse" !!!!!!!

11 Mar 2011 10:03pm

@Veronique: Oui, une grande signification pour autant! (Ronnie)

Iris from Assen, Netherlands

really a great job this one!!

11 Mar 2011 10:54pm

@Iris: Thanks, Iris - it was lovely to work on and turned out just as we'd hoped, really ! (Ronnie)

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

You're amazing ;)

12 Mar 2011 4:28am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Excellent job of incorporating and blending these three images together! Great DoF as well on the residences in the background.

12 Mar 2011 4:28am

@Steven: Thanks, Steven. We did budget for three images (one reason why you see the additional page posted) but I actually shot the newspaper in situ so there are only two in this composition. (Ronnie)

Vincentt from Batam, Indonesia

The pictures are perfectly blended together. Love it.

12 Mar 2011 5:01am

@Vincentt: Thanks, Vincent - we enjoyed this one ourselves, too ! (Lilly and Ronnie)

kerfendal from Paris, France

very interesting and you have the newspaper, this, give a very original composition

12 Mar 2011 6:20am

@kerfendal: Yes, it was the newspaper that got us started on this. The rest was, as they say, history ! Enjoy the weekend, Kerfendal. (Ronnie)

saverio from Rome, Italy

interessante composizione

12 Mar 2011 7:08am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Just brilliant....One of my very favorites !!

12 Mar 2011 8:35am

@DULCIE: Thanx, Dulci - we enjoyed this one ourselves because there was so much 'involvement' ! Have a pleasant Sunday. (L&R)

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Jolie composition ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

12 Mar 2011 8:56am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

ha ha! Cool shot!

12 Mar 2011 9:45am

JCJ from Troyes, France

that's BIG! just a technical question, did you have the disc or is it added ? congrats for this huge shot:)

12 Mar 2011 10:13am

@JCJ: We each have the original vinyl disc of 1969, yes, but that is the sleeve of Lilly's copy (and her hand) added into the London location image here. (Ronnie)

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

You have certainly brought back loads of memories for many of us :)

12 Mar 2011 11:46am

@Christine: Yes, is a strange feeling being there and talking with others from all across the world standing in that spot with much the same thoughts - even though many were not even born back then in 1969 ! (Ronnie)

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like your composition…

12 Mar 2011 6:41pm

Claudia - Mariposa de humo from D.F., Mexico

Wooow! I love the three views: the LP, the newspaper article and the street.

12 Mar 2011 6:45pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Well, you never give me your money, but still, your going to carry that weight a long time. Still - there is just - something - about this image...

12 Mar 2011 8:21pm

@Stephen Phillips: lol . . yes, there was me trying to Act Naturally - I Should Have Known Better ! (Shameful Ronnie)

Gilles from Entre Bussy et Bruxelles, France

You missed them ;) Another great proof of your creativity

12 Mar 2011 8:37pm

Mike Baker from los angeles, United States

Haha, an excellent production with the iconic picture. Thanks for the link with the regular shots of Abbey Road, it must be quite the tourist mecca.

12 Mar 2011 9:54pm

@Mike Baker: Thanks, Mike . . yes, it was surprisingly busy for mid-week when I was there and all very good-natured - seemed odd that most visitors were far too young to remember 1969 ! Enjoy the weekend.

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Oh wow! This is one terrific image - very well done! I love how you did this one.
Thanks for the link

12 Mar 2011 11:11pm

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

Appears little has changed on this road. The photo sure brings back memories, has to be 40 or more years ago. Excellent arrangement and creation as always.

13 Mar 2011 1:12am

@John Maslowski: Yes, the album artwork was shot 42 years ago . . frightening thought ! (Ronnie)

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

So great on many levels. Your two hands, the road itself, the Beatles time warp, all of it!

13 Mar 2011 2:02am

@Bettina: Thanks, Bettina - happy we are able to share this. (L&R)

Susan from Sausalito, United States

Brilliant...I almost thought it was real when I first saw it.

13 Mar 2011 3:54am

@Susan: Smiles . . well, it is 50% real ! Thank you, Susan.

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Coincidentally, I was listening to my Beatles song collection on my ipod all day today - and then I got here and found your great post. This is truly excellent work on a variety of different levels of complexity and simplicity. 5 stars!

13 Mar 2011 4:02am

@Viewfinder: Thanks Glenn. Lilly and I were talking about music collections and "Abbey Road" simply dropped into the conversation. The rest, as they say. is history ! Enjoy Sunday. (Ronnie)

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Very interesting compo and idea! Imaginative!

13 Mar 2011 4:40am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Oh R&L, this is creative, refreshing, and evoking memories... the conversations, as always, are full of satiric humour... and I've been contemplating your pic with pleasurable amusement! Yet, please forgive me if I'm being dumb, cause I still can't figure out where this "Abbey Road" actually is. Well, I did try but found at least 4 "Abbey Roads" on Google Maps.:-) Have a lovely Sunday my friends!

13 Mar 2011 5:23am

@hugo poon: Thanx, Hugo - this link should take you there for a look around !


Enjoy !

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Fabulous take, great POV. A place of pilgrimage.

13 Mar 2011 7:59am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great compo and better idea: thanks for the link :)

13 Mar 2011 8:23am

© Jean-Bernard Reynier from Lyon, France

Great idea here !
I like a lot your compo and DOF choices.

13 Mar 2011 9:07am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

"Abbey road"... all my youth... a record connected to so much memories !!
Excellent composition with a good use of dof... well done !

13 Mar 2011 9:58am

tataray from france, France

Belle composition.
Superbe travail.

13 Mar 2011 11:20am

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great image and story, very creative

13 Mar 2011 2:02pm

BBM from Sussex, United Kingdom

Great shot and composition!! Well done!

13 Mar 2011 4:53pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

As a Beatles fan, I am grinning ear to ear on this image! How fun and hysterical that this cross walk will be a place that people travel to see. And to hear that the original was a bit further back is also a fun piece of history. Did you walk across barefoot? ;-)

13 Mar 2011 7:03pm

@Amanda: ha ha . . barefoot ? Now, you know there was only one chance in Four of that ! (Ronnie)

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Really good collage. Interesting to see the same street with many years difference. The hands gives a lot of power to the image.
Thank you for your message. I might make a pause in my posting...

14 Mar 2011 12:36am

@akarui: Thank you, Olivier. Fully understood on the pause . . . terrible times. (L&R)

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

very clever!

14 Mar 2011 7:01am

Mithun Varma from Bangalore, India

Super stuff L&R!

14 Mar 2011 7:48am

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

Really nice layering here, working so well together ^^

14 Mar 2011 9:15am

Anne from a little red dot, Singapore

I like the good mix in this image, the past and the present...and you guys are never short of amazing ideas, well done, superb again!

14 Mar 2011 9:49am

@Anne: Like many of our ideas, this just 'arrived' unexpectedly. The trip and the photography was done within an hour or so but assembling it to look 'right' was another matter ! Thanks, Anne and have a good week. (Lilly and Ronnie)

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful merging of images and lovely concept. Excellent, Ronnie :)

14 Mar 2011 10:42am

@Sam: Thanx, Sam - have a great week ! (Ronnie)

Anna Kristina from Stockholm, Sweden

Haha this is awesome! such a fun shot!

14 Mar 2011 12:09pm

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

Here's your big chance to join the Beatles immortality.

14 Mar 2011 12:51pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Fantastic 3D effect and depth of field! Perfect compositon and great story on this one!

14 Mar 2011 2:49pm

Goddess from Tehran, Iran

:))))))))))) Bravoooo I like this very much
very creative and funny
thank you :)

14 Mar 2011 3:23pm

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

Very cool combining something from pop culture with present day geography, like connecting past and present.. and you guys could probably sell this one to Beatle's fans.

14 Mar 2011 8:01pm

Allan Clark from Dunedin, New Zealand

you need to put you shot in to a book. man this stuff is so funny and so cool

15 Mar 2011 4:38am

Annie Viguié from Bordeaux, France

I looove this one !!!

15 Mar 2011 6:20am

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

That's a really great composition! I took time probably to sort these details out :)

15 Mar 2011 9:08am

dobbino from Cape Town, South Africa

I can't describe the enormity of nostalgia this image evokes in me. This was one of my favourite Beatles albums, and I believe the last to be recorded by them. "Here comes the sun" was the one that stood out for me most, but overall it was a brilliant collection.

15 Mar 2011 6:55pm

@dobbino: Well, 'Let it Be' was released the following year, 1970, but "most of Let It Be was recorded in January 1969, before the recording and release of the album Abbey Road. For this reason some critics and fans argue that Abbey Road should be considered the group's final album and Let It Be the penultimate" (Wiki)

Andrea from Regina, Canada

This is such a great compilation. Great job.

17 Mar 2011 5:41pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

I love the whole composition. Really great.

18 Mar 2011 4:56pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

How did it feel?

20 Mar 2011 11:28pm

@MadScientist: ha ha . . I was about to answer "Like a Rolling Stone " ! But, seriously, it was a strange place to be on a weekday afternoon because there was nothing much to see other than folks of all ages standing around seeing there is not much to see and walking in strange steps over The Crossing risking death in the traffic . . but, yes, there is a presence there. (Ronnie)