Cities can change so rapidly, leaving behind
barely-recognizable versions of the streets we once knew and
loved, adapting and transforming along with the rest of the
world. It may be a fact of life, but that doesn’t mean we
shouldn’t try to preserve what we can of the history that’s
meaningful to us – even if that just means paying tribute to it
with art. Australian-born, London-based illustrator Max Tiles
does just that with tiny illustrated cut-outs, which he often
photographs against the real-life buildings they represent.
Tilse’s most recent series captures some of London’s most
charming pubs, like The Bricklayers Arms in Fitzrovia, which he
describes as “a quaint piece of Georgian architecture… the
Bricklayers Arms has been a running pub since 1789.” Other pubs
seen here include the Coach & Horses at 5 Bruton Street in
Mayfair, The Blackfriar, The Crown in Seven Dials, Covent
Garden and The Dove on Broadway Market in Hackney.
Tiles also draws miniatures of other major London landmarks,
from Big Ben to the Tower Bridge. While backpacking across
Europe, Tilse kept a
‘diary’ of sketches of the scenes he liked most, turning
them into 5×5-inch postcards.