A Stapleford based photographer has finally been given the go ahead to photograph the historic Nottingham train station as part of a unique street photography project.
Andy Wallis (37), who boasts a strong passion for photographing historical landmarks in and around Nottinghamshire, said: "A few weeks ago I was invited to take part in The International Street Photography Award, as part of the London Street Photography Festival, after the organisers saw my work and ever since I have been campaigning to take photographs of Nottingham train station.
This is privilege has been granted to very few photographers in the past and I am delighted that East Midlands Trains have finally given me the go ahead."
After visiting the station manager, Andy sent a series of emails to the team at East Midlands Trains and it has now been confirmed that he will be taking the photographs needed for his competition entry on February 28.
Andy added: "I have always been fascinated by train stations, and as a child we didn't really use rail as a form of transport. Over the years I have loved watching people on the platform and I try to work out what the travellers are about, where they are going, if they are at the station for work or pleasure and if anyone is waiting for them at their end destination.
The reasons for travel always seem more poignant when it’s by rail in my mind. When I discovered that there were plans to renovate the existing station, I felt that I needed to try and capture its commuters in the old environment, before it has a well deserved face lift.
It would be fantastic if some of my photographs could feature in the new station once it has been renovated and I intend to combine all of my historical photographs of Nottingham and open an exhibition of my works later on in the year."
For more information, please visit Andy Wallis' website