I visited three locations in London at the weekend.
They feature in the novel I’m working on.
I wanted to get the details right. Or at least noted down to use later if needed.
As I took notes and photographs of these ordinary places, I was reminded of James Hart Dyke’s paintings in his Year with MI6 exhibition from 2011,
…There is a sense of mystery, the secrecy, the subtlety, that sense that you look at a scene and it actually isn’t quite what you think it is or has an aspect that you’re not aware of, which comes through rather strongly.
It also makes clear that this isn’t James Bond racing around conducting his own operations as he sees fit. There is a strong aspect of the everyday about it,” Sir John Scarlett, former head of MI6, said of the exhibition.
That’s what I’ve learned most during this process. To see the extraordinary in the ordinary.