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Beighton Station

Today’s photograph is of the signalbox that sits beside the railway crossing in Beighton village. The box still holds the title of Beighton Station, although the station was closed back in 1954 and the Great Central Railway signalbox and crossing are now all that remain. The station opened back in 1893 and originall formed part of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway. The line is still in regular use.

Being not too far from home, I’ve photographed this scene on a number of occasions, and it featured in the blog before back in 2017 in the post “Twelve frames an hour“.

Someone commented that the signalbox really “pops” in the frame in this shot, and that it reminded them of an old box camera, meniscus lens image. This is fitting, given the Holga also sports a simple meniscus lens. The vignetting and soft edge-focus of the Holga gives an effect not totally dissimilar to the shallow depth of field that might be generated bys a wide aperture on a larger format camera.

Beighton Station

Holga 120N & Ilford FP4+.

Taken on 10 March 2020

4 thoughts on “Beighton Station

  1. You do some of the best work with a Holga I’ve ever seen. This one is no exception. It’s interesting; this photo feels very balanced even though the overall scene, outside of the signalbox itself, lacks symmetry. Don’t take me the wrong way. I’m not being critical at all. Actually, quite the opposite. The way you framed this shot majorly benefits the image. I think if you had composed it any other way it wouldn’t have near the impact. Nicely done.

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