While in London, we had to visit “The Crosswalk” again.
We had been there in 2004, and as you can see some things have changed. The street sign is no longer in the yard of the brick house on the corner. The graphics above the Abbey Road Studios door has changed. Back in 1969, it was EMI Studios.
The crowd is constant. Beatles fans of all ages
wanting to duplicate the historic photo. The crowds can get so large that London is now considering putting a “Lollipop Lady” at the crosswalk to keep traffic moving. This will of course put a damper on all the photographs that are taken with the crossing guard visible. Hopefully they will be able to resolve this to allow fans to take the photos they came for.
It’s amazing that after 50+ years, the Beatles are still relevant and still draw fans of all ages.
The actual Beatles photo was taken by Iain Macmillan on Friday 8 August 1969, he used a Hasselblad camera with a 50mm wide-angle lens, aperture f22, at 1/500 seconds. The Police held up traffic while Iain stood on a ladder shooting the pictures.
They actually shot several crossing both ways, with Paul barefoot and with sandals.
Paul McCartney had actually sketched the concept of the photo showing the Beatles crossing in front of Abbey Road Studios.
Linda McCartney took some additional photos while waiting for the shoot to finish.
I’ve included a few of Linda’s photos here.
Hope you enjoy!