Visiting the local Holden’s factory at this significant time in Elizabeth’s history evoked mixed emotions.
Seeing an impressive high tech production line with skilled workers assembling new cars was intriguing. However, knowing that this will all soon grind to a halt generated sadness and concern.
The site is enormous and, for an operation slated to close, there is still a lot of activity. In some ways it is difficult to imagine the assembly line being permanently silenced and all the workers clocking off for the last time. For many Elizabethans, Holden has always been there. Adapting to an Elizabeth without it will be a challenging transition.
From a photographer’s perspective, the industrial landscape is always fascinating and full of possibilities. Interesting subject matter, colour, movement and the compositional potential all offer inspiration. To be able to capture Holden at this particular point in history adds another dimension. There is imbued in the images a certain poignancy beyond the surface visual.
I was thrilled and humbled to have the opportunity to visit the Elizabeth Holden factory. What is happening there is, of course, at the heart of the Elizabeth Project.
At times like these, I take comfort in the wisdom of T.S. Elliot,
“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”
These photographs were taken with a phone, as this was an initial visit to scope more serious photography in coming weeks.