People dressed in historic costume reeact a Ran Tan Tan

We Are Waddington Photo Trail

3rd July 2015

Photographer Jonathan Turner has been meeting and photographing people in Waddington as part of a Ridges & Furrows residency in the village this spring/summer. For We Are Waddington Turner has visited community groups and individuals both in the village, and on the RAF base, to take photographic portraits that capture a cross section of life in the Lincolnshire village and celebrate the people that live there.

In addition to his photographic portraits, Jonathan has worked with residents of the village, including Waddington historical society, to create three ‘historically themed tableaux’, which create an ‘imagined story’ from Waddington’s past. The images use a mixture of studio and location photography, and digital composite techniques to represent a ‘Ran Tan Tan’-  which means rough music – a form of social justice found in Lincolnshire villages right up to the 1930’s, when the community would march through the village and gather outside a guilty person’s house to make a real racket by banging pots and pans, and singing songs about the wrongdoer! Village residents have posed in historical costumes, and Jonathan has then used digital techniques to create composite scenes telling a story.

Jonathan’s photographs will go on display in venues across Waddington from Sat 11th – Sun 26 July.

Venues are:

  • 1. Waddington Youth Club Building, High St
  • 2. The Three Horseshoes, High Street
  • 3. St Michaels Church
  • 4. The Broadcaster (display board outside old Methodist chapel opposite The Horse and Jockey
  • 5. The Horse & Jockey, High St
  • 6. Bus Stop, Bar Lane
  • 7. The Wheatsheaf, Grantham rd
  • 8. Cafe Plus – Redwood Drive (by Waddington Redwood Primary School)

Talking about his residency so far Jonathan Turner said:

“It’s been really good to meet, and work with so many people from Waddington. The project has afforded me the opportunity to do what I love doing most; chatting to people, finding out about their lives, their interests, and involving them in the work. And it’s been great for me to make a connection to the place where I was born.”

To see some of the images that will be featured visit Jonathan’s blog:


image: Jonathan Turner, Ran Tan Tan tableau (detail)

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