A series of images have been published capturing Crewe Station during the lockdown.
Avanti West Coast staff at Crewe station have chronicled their experiences of the railway during COVID-19 to raise money for charity and encourage others to share their stories.
Marc Scruton, Customer Service Team Leader and Jacqui Hemingway, Customer Service Assistant have worked together to create a photo book that documents Crewe station and its team over the last seven months.
Speaking of his aspirations to record Crewe station during coronavirus, Marc said:
As a photographer, I take my camera everywhere, so this gave me an opportunity to keep it at work and use it to document as much as possible during the pandemic.
We witnessed the station as never seen before and I wanted to capture it through our eyes, as we experienced it – and for the feelings, thoughts, fears, challenges and experiences of my colleagues to be recorded.
Through my photography I was keen to provide an insight into what we felt and some of the sights we saw – to see Crewe during ordinary peak times with only one or two people travelling is surreal. I hope our book gives a sense of what we experienced in the last few months, something that could only really be understood if you worked here at the time. Everyone will have stories to tell and experiences to relive, but these will soon be forgotten so I wanted to capture as much as I could.
Jacqui is now planning to chronicle a snapshot of life in Crewe during lockdown with a project titled ‘Capture Crewe’, she said:
We have missed the familiar faces of customers at the station and engaging with our local community. We’re keen to connect with them and Capture Crewe is designed to do that through photography, while raising vital funds for Railway Children
We would love to know what they’ve experienced – whether it’s making a difference, taking up a hobby or enjoying the simple things. So, we can tell Crewe’s story and remind people they’re not alone.
The team at Crewe station are inviting customers and the local community to share a photo and short statement of their experience of the pandemic – for display at the station and on Avanti West Coast’s social media channels.
Images must be submitted by 23:59 on 27 November 2020 and should consider Avanti West Coast’s photography guidelines. A donation to Railway Children is encouraged when making a submission.
Submissions for the ‘Capture Crewe’ project can be made online here by 23:59 on 27 November 2020. For more information about ‘Capture Crewe’, visit: https://www.avantiwestcoast.co.uk/where-we-go/community-hub/capture-crewe