Several people have asked me if I have any other photographs that I've taken but not included on the web pages. In most cases I've used as much of the material I've got and you can see them on display. There are a few that I have taken that I've found difficult to find homes for in the main pages mainly due to space restriction... I present them here in the section that for now I'll call the Scrap Book. Some of these pictures may also appear in one form or another on the web page itself. At the moment I haven't used thumbnails but I may add smaller versions as thumbnails in the future if this page grows beyond all proportion!
Holborn RevealedThe first group of photos come from Holborn's disused platforms for the Aldwych branch.
As mentioned above, it's no longer possible to take this picture - a doorway has now replaced the metal gate leading to platform 4.
Between Holborn & AldwychParked between Holborn & Aldwych is a train.
Filming in AldwychWith Aldwych still in mind, I've mentioned already on the Aldwych page that Aldwych is a prime filming location. In April 2001 I was given a great opportunity by director Jay Hunt to see his film being made at Aldwych - and also take part as an extra. I present here some of the pictures I took during that day.
Firstly, filming took place in the station's wonderfully restored Edwardian ticket hall.
Later on in the day, filming went downstairs. Remember... there are 119 steps on that spiral staircase - and everything had to go down by hand. If you've never been involved in a film production, the next two pictures give you an idea just how much equipment is needed even for a moderate location shoot! You can click on each image to see a picture taken approximately in the same location without the people or equipment!
The shot being set up here was a period piece, consisting of a tracking shot along the corridor where a group of people are sheltering during the Second World War. The first photograph shows this scene actually being filmed. The second shows some of the lighting that was used to give the corridor a more atmospheric look. Incidentally, the door to the left of the corridor is the main entrance to the platform that has been disused since 1917 and would normally have been locked while the station was in use until 1994.
The final photograph in this group shows something that I took purely by accident. As the lighting crew were getting ready to film on the platform, they were looking into how to turn the main platform lights off since fluorescent lighting causes a green tint if you don't use the right filters. Anyway, in this photograph I was taking along the platform all the lights bar one went out a fraction of a second before I took the photograph. I thought it was a spoiled photograph until people pointed out that the border between the floor and walls were dimly lit with a green luminescent glow. This can clearly be seen in this photograph, where I've artificially brightened the dark areas using gamma correction, making the eerie green glow clear to see. I'm guessing the glow was caused by luminous paint to help people get their bearings should the power suddenly fail.
Evil, EVIL cameraWhat do you do when you get a chance in a lifetime to take photographs in a disused station with your high quality 35mm SLR camera... and the camera's back opens exposing the film two days later before the film is developed?
You very clearly, and very loudly shout "Noooooooo!!!" This is the best photograph of the complete set - most were totally destroyed. Look... see? You can just make out part of the word "STRAND" from one of Aldwych's platforms....
Thank goodness that most of my photography these days is done using an Olympus 920 digital camera!
St Paul'sHere's a photograph that shows how parts of even active stations have been abandoned over the years.
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