Lockdown through a pinhole

by Helen Hooker May. 11, 2020 523 views
Elsenham railway station, with a train whizzing past the platform

Elsenham railway station, with a train whizzing past the platform

A few weeks ago an Instagram contact of mine, Daniil Zandberg, contacted me about an exhibition he’s planning when life comes back to normal. The theme of the exhibition is towns and cities during the current lockdown, with deserted streets, all recorded with pinhole photography.

St Mary's Church

St Mary's Church

Gates to the graveyard

Gates to the graveyard

This concept appealed to me, so I quickly set about taking some photos around Elsenham. I wanted to include some of the landmark areas of the village, while showing the overwhelming sense of quiet.

The view towards the village pub - very much closed

The view towards the village pub - very much closed

There's so little traffic I could even stand in the middle of the road for five second to take this!

There's so little traffic I could even stand in the middle of the road for five second to take this!

The war memorial and village shops

The war memorial and village shops

Having received the developed negatives back last week I shared some of these photos on our village Facebook group. Quite a few people saw me pottering about with a tripod and a wooden box (my pinhole camera) so I figured some of them might have wondered what I was doing. The photos triggered quite a conversation and a good number of people had wondered what on earth I was doing!

The M11 motorway was deserted

The M11 motorway was deserted

Our road - you can just see my Mini at the far end of the shot

Our road - you can just see my Mini at the far end of the shot

11 May 2020

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John Waco Jr 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Great pinhole work, love pic of Elsenham and the view towards the village pub. Would the pub be the Butchers Arms.by any chances.

I flew into London Stansted Airport on a stopover the airline put me up Butchers Arms for two nights and then moved me to Down Hall Hotel, Hatfield Heath, Bishops Stortford. this would have been in 1998 and 1999.

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Helen Hooker Replied to John Waco Jr 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you! The pub in Elsenham is called the Crown, but there is a Butchers Arms near Great Dunmow - about 15  miles from here so perhaps it was that one?

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John Waco Jr Replied to Helen Hooker 8 months, 2 weeks ago

The Butchers Arms, Purcell Close, Elsenham, Bishop's
Stortford CM22. That's on the stopover-log!!

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Helen Hooker Replied to John Waco Jr 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Ooh, how curious! Purcell Close still exists in the village, but in the middle of a new housing estate so I suspect they've recycled the road name. The pub certainly doesn't exist any more, although I've only lived here for about 8 years so I don't know when it disappeared. I'll see what I can find out!

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John Waco Jr Replied to Helen Hooker 8 months, 2 weeks ago

All I can remember is the English Breakfast and Reel Ale!

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