Local photographer Tom Warland is in the process of building up a a portfolio of photographs depicting pub life in the Land of Liberty, Long Lane.
“This photo documentary is especially important as so many pubs close down monthly across Britain.” explains Tom Warland. “ I set out to take photos last summer and am three quarters of the way through the first set. I’m planning on repeating it every five years. The Land is a typical example of a community pub, all sorts of things happen there. People read, watch rugby, play board games, exchange recipes, do business deals and help each other out. And drink beer! “
style 5x4in wooden plate camera using standard black and white film.
“ My favourite shot so far is of a man reading and leaning on his hands.. he didn’t know I was taking it I focused the camera while pointing it in the other direction then swung round. I used a 30 second exposure – for most I use 15. I’m particularly happy with the framing and it’s pinpoint sharp.”
The exhibition is supplemented with a collection of framed vintage beer mats.
“ My collection includes a batch of 100 from ebay…some go back to the 70s and are hilarious. They add to the pub feel!“
“I am also running a street photography workshop at the Museum for 16yrs +. Younger students must be accompanied by an adult. People have to be able to use a camera or iPhone camera but don’t have to be brilliant. We are going to capture Watford High Street and I hope it will be the start of an ongoing archive! “
Land of Liberty, a photographic documentary of the modern public’ house Thurs 3 March – Sat 30 April, Watford Museum, 194 Lower High Street, Watford, WD17 2DT
Tom Warland’s Street Photography Workshop, Sat 12 March, 11am – 1pm. Free. Meet at the Museum
ALL IMAGES © TOM WARLAND