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Sipson Slideshow

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2009 by brettvanort

A couple months of a 90 minute one way journey to and from Sipson with a 40 some odd pound camera and an audio recorder yielded this. I have only the lovely people of Sipson and Harmondsworth and Harlington to thank for their help and allowing me not only into their homes but their lives.

No Third Runway

Posted in Heathrow Project with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2009 by brettvanort
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Howard Robinson mans his storefront at Collector's Car Parts.

Here are some of the shots I think are the best from Heathrow.  Trying to cull together around 15 prints in the darkroom for presentation.  I’ve settled on 16″x 20″ fiber based paper.  In all, I have about 70 negatives to choose from.  From that I probably have about 30 different setups.  Many times I would make two exposures from a setup.  Sometimes I would make only one and very rarely, I think only twice, would I make more than one exposure.

An aerial view from the 10th floor of the Holiday Inn near Sipson.

An aerial view from the 10th floor of the Holiday Inn near Sipson.

This is one of the instances I took several exposures.  Unfortunately I was not happy with any of the results.  Being confined to shooting behind the double glazed windows of the hotel made for smudges, smears, dirt, warping and distortion to take place with these images.  It shows especially when blown up to the 16×20.  You can see the distortion and exposure falloff in the right side of frame.  Too bad it didn’t really work out because the view shows Heathrow to the south and Sipson and its houses just in the foreground.

NoTRAG members (L to R) Geraldine Nicholson, Audry Holdsworth, Christine Shilling, Christine Taylor and Linda McCutcheon.

NoTRAG members (L to R) Geraldine Nicholson, Audry Holdsworth, Christine Shilling, Christine Taylor and Linda McCutcheon.

Another instance where I took several exposures.  I wanted to make sure I got several tries at this.  I was restricted to picking one shot due to the time constraints of using the 5×4 with the members of NoTRAG.  The organization has done an amazing job fighting the airport’s expansion.  So I felt having all the women involved was a necessity.  I wanted to use the sign as a frame line and the houses to be the backdrop.  I still really don’t know how I feel about the outcome of the photo in general though.

Collectors Car Parts

Posted in Heathrow Project with tags , , , , , , , on March 26, 2009 by brettvanort

Collectors Car PartsJust North of the Bath Road that runs along the northern fringe of Heathrow is Collector’s Car Parts.  Howard Robinson has owned and operated this second hand car parts store for over 25 years.  He lives to the west of the airport, his house is not in danger, but his store is.

Howard spends the better part of the day on the phone trying to fill orders for old car parts from owners of vintage and antique cars.

Howard spends the better part of the day on the phone trying to fill orders for old car parts from owners of vintage and antique cars.

He has car parts ranging as far back as 1907.  He only deals with cars made in the UK and claims to have the largest inventory of any car part dealer in the UK.  His inventory looks cramped and crowded and a mismash of shapes, sizes and makes.  But he has it all organized he says.

Howard grabs a part for a caller from his vast inventory. 

A shelf of knowledge.

A shelf of knowledge.

Got a fiver?  Grab any hose you like!

Got a fiver? Grab any hose you like!

Howard grabs a part for a caller from his vast inventory.
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