Artist Paul Burrell hosts a photo exhibition in the waiting rooms of Bishop’s Stortford station
The photo exhibit now arriving on Platforms 1, 2 and 3 is just the ticket for commuters and day trippers.
Paul Burrell is the man behind the first-class images on display in the two waiting rooms at Bishop’s Stortford station.
The station manager rallied around the Stortford photographer’s idea to brighten up spaces with a cart of new images.
And Paul, who is also an accomplished musician and composer, hopes passengers enjoy taking an artistic journey before hitting the track.
“Fewer people are likely to go to the galleries, so this is a case where the gallery is coming to people,” said Paul, who was director of music at the Presdales School in Ware and organist at the church. St Michael’s of Stortford.
“Several years ago, the waiting rooms at Bishop’s Stortford Station were renovated and repainted. Noting that the walls were bare, I approached the station manager, who authorized me to exhibit several photo canvases.
“I had just set up an exhibit in Canary Wharf, so I used several from there. I’m now allowed to change the canvases with many new photos.”
Photos of waiting room 1 were taken at the Iron Wharf shipyard in Faversham, Kent.
“This is a do-it-yourself yard where ships of different sizes are in dry dock to be restored or left to rot,” said Paul.
“I have always been fascinated by patterns in art and sought to isolate and capture what might be considered a random ‘design’ in boat hulls in various states of repair.
“The photos at Waiting Room Two are an eclectic mix, including photos taken in Ireland, Brick Lane, St Pancras and, more locally, St James the Great Church in Thorley in winter.”
As Paul has launched his new exhibit full steam ahead, he hopes travelers can brake and study the images in order to extract their own meaning.
Images of the Iron Wharf shipyard offer an array of weird and wonderful designs that should delight passengers while they wait to be whisked away to a new destination. You would be forgiven for thinking that you were looking at pictures of oceans or other planets.
“All of these photos have titles but like Abstract Expressionist art, you can observe the patterns or read whatever you like in them,” said Paul, who is also an avid golfer and a member of the senior section of the Great Hadham. Golf Club.
“Influences for these photographs include artists Mark Rothko, Lee Krasner, Nina Murdoch and Bridget Riley.
“The old adage ‘the devil is in the details’ isn’t always true. More often, the beauty is in the details.”