My name's Martin Henderson and I've lived in my present home in Bowdon since 2004. A translator by profession (German into English since you ask), my semi-retired status now gives me more time to do other things.
The idea behind this project isn't new; many other photographers across the world - pros and enthusiasts - have set themselves the task of creating a photographic record of their local area, partly to capture something that might turn out to be of historical interest, partly to meet their neighbours and fellow-residents, and partly to give themselves something to do - especially during lockdown - and get out of the house. Bowdon is a manageable size (according to my reckoning 148 named streets and developments - some of which are gated) and so ought to be well within the scope of one person. My intention is to stomp down all its streets, stopping at least once every 200 metres or so to (force myself to) take a photo.
Covid-19 restrictions notwithstanding, it would really add something if you would stop for a chat and relate your experience of living in Bowdon. What was it like when you first came here? What's changed most? Has there been any scandal? (Of course there has, but you can rely on my discretion!) Personal experiences are what others can relate to, and it would be great to include a photo of you as well.
This photography schedule section outlines when I hope to be down your street. All these dates and timings are, unsurprisingly, fluid and subject to the prevailing Covid-19 restrictions, the weather, and my workload and mood. But if, on the appointed day, or any other day come to that, you happen to notice someone in a yellow hi-vis vest walking down your street with a camera in his hand, don't call the police as it might be me. Instead, take a chance and ask, "Are you Martin?"
Apart from some gated developments, all the streets of Bowdon have now been photographed at least once.
If you live on one of the gated developments, please get in touch!
The latest addition to the site features links to pdf files of all the 60 (and counting) "Bowdon Sheaf" publications as published by the Bowdon History Society. If local history is your thing, this is for you!
I've now started the second round of photography, so keep your eyes peeled for a charming geezer in a yellow high-vis vest.
Click on the button below to start your exploration!