Ted Kinsey


I shoot only on film…only in black and white…and all my images have to include a human content. And, of course, I print in a darkroom.

Walthamstow to Wanstead

by | Feb 12, 2017 | Under Tracks

This is going to be a long days trek. We pick up the railway arches to the west of Hoe Street, as we walk south towards Leyton Midland Road. It’s not too long before we meet Nick, a props builder, at Rule One Productions. He makes props for stage productions and gladly poses with a fine example of his work.  

Beyond Leytonstone High Road we find one of the most interesting arches I’ve come across on this project. The couple in the arch are making three dimensional works of art for sale in a gallery in Paris. The art we see being produced is a 3D revolver that is maybe 6 feet across. The form of the gun is made of variously coloured pentels, of differing lengths, glued on their ends to stand vertically. Amazing! Unfortunately I cannot say who the artist is, as he has a ‘no-publicity’ contract with the French gallery. I did capture the scene, but I’m not sure that I will be able to use the photograph because of his contractual obligations.

As we near Wanstead Flats, the railway arches run nearby rows of terraced houses. The Wanstead Tap is their local watering-hole. Probably very busy in the evenings and at the weekends. It is dark in here…. lo-lo lighting, so I use the tripod and Pentax67 hoping for the best.  Just down the road (or tracks) we smell food, and meet Despina and Fani in their kitchen at Pan’s Greek Food. The girls are preparing traditional Greek dishes for a function the next day.

The arches continue towards Wanstead station, but it’s now late, so we head off home – the end of a good days work.