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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.

Cherry Lane Cemetery

Posted in Heathrow Project with tags , , , on March 30, 2009 by brettvanort

 

If a proposed spur road is built so BAA can access the Third Runway to it's hangers directly to the North, all of these bodies will be exhumed.

If a proposed spur road is built so BAA can access the Third Runway to it's hangers directly to the North, all of these bodies will be exhumed.

I met Albert Thurling at the Cherry Lane Cemetery.  This cemetery is just down the road from Sipson.  Many who lived in the area are buried there.  This is the only cemetery in the Borough.  I, myself, find this to be the hardest story to believe with the possibility of airport expansion.  There are thousands buried in the cemetery, from Christians to Jews to Muslim.  Where do all of these exhumed bodies go?  How is this decent?  Why is this even an option?

Albert's wife and father are buried in the cemetery.  He visits them both regularly.

Albert's wife and father are buried in the cemetery. He visits them both regularly.

Albert lives just to the north of Sipson.  His home is not threatened but his wife and father’s final resting place are.  Even at the age of 79, Albert says that he will fight airport expansion as much as he can, if not for his loved ones buried in the cemetery but also for all those he doesn’t know that are buried there as well.

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