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    Copyright Stuart Haden
    Grand Union Canal, London, 1984.

    Stuart's snappy mission

    A street photographer will be spending three months documenting the life and habitat of people in a Hertfordshire borough.

    Stuart Haden, who lives in St Ippolyts, has been commissioned by the Lowewood Museum to capture Broxbourne on film for a project called Summer Journey.

    The 62-year-old explained: "I work on this programme for three months documenting all of the borough. At the end of three months, I will have photographs for each and every day.

    Copyright Stuart Haden.
    Ayrshire, Scotland, 1981

    "I monitor these photographs as I go along. I then sit down and select from all of these shots for the final exhibition which for the rest of the year will be exhibited in the borough's library and school."


    The former disillusioned architecture tutor explained that he took candid shots of people and, over the years that had got him into various scrapes: "Every so often I get mistaken for a paedophile or a terrorist.

    "Sometimes they say they don't like having their photograph taken and I'll back off as I have total respect for everyone but I do often get reported to the police."

    Still using a 40-year-old camera, Stuart has lived in 65 homes and became interested in photography when he was tutoring at the University of Texas  and met celebrated photographer Garry Winogrand.

    Copyright Stuart Haden.
    Dallas, Texas, 1979

    Stuart's life travelling taking photographs has given him a host of stories, such as the scruffy tramp woman in London who turned out to be an undercover policeman or when he was attacked in a notorious area in Los Angeles."

    Stuart is also having an exhibition of his striking photographs at Hertford Museum. Entitled County Town in Camera, the show features dramatic atmospheric pictures of Hertford and runs from Saturday 4 June and Saturday 16 July.

    "There's pictures which haven't been seen before taken within Hertford. there's all sorts of things, that people won't have seen from street markets to people."

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