Wednesday, 13 December 2017

1652 : Two Women And An Analytical Engine


Two unknown women travel down the years to take a look at the twenty-first century. They find themselves looking out from a screen attached to the front of one of Mr Babbage's Analytical Engines. Who would have thought it!

Sunday, 10 December 2017

1651 : The Nature Of Elland From The Point Of View Of A Particle Physicist


"It is a matter of intense debate amongst mathematicians and theoretical particle physicists as to whether it is possible for any three dimensional object to have just three edges. It is clear that none of the participants involved in such discussions have ever been to Elland - for Elland has just three edges: Hullen Edge, Lower Edge and Upper Edge".
1904 Picture Postcard Of Elland 

Thursday, 7 December 2017

1650 : Sculptured Crossing

Mankind has been crossing the Hebble Brook to get from Halifax to Bradford and Leeds for 750 years. Each time they build higher and sleeker and by 1971 - when I took this photograph - they had created urban sculpture amongst the dark, decaying mills.

Monday, 4 December 2017

1649 : Locked Together Up Cromwell Bottom


These four photographs seemed to fit together. It was partly that they were neighbours on the same strip of negatives, and partly that they were all taken at Cromwell Bottom Lock on the Calder and Hebble Navigation some 25 years ago. They are, you could say, locked together.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

1648 : Building Antigua


THE BUILDING WORKERS, ANTIGUA, NOVEMBER 2017 : It was bad enough walking down the street in Antigua; the heat drained your energy, your clothes stuck to your sweat-drenched back. Imagine, however, working on a building site in that heat.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

1647 : The Timeless Fens


I don't know precisely where this is. I can remember taking the photograph but little else other than it was on the East Anglian coast somewhere, and it must have been about 1980. If those had been cars rather than boats, precise dating would have been easier, but dates aren't really necessary.

Monday, 27 November 2017

1646 : And Quiet Flows The Don


The River Don flows past the Manchester Hotel and some industrial wasteland in Sheffield in the early 1980s. The River Don still quietly flows on, but is now fringed by bright apartments and brighter bars. That's progress.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

1645 : Stay Calm And Carry On


Who would have thought that the wartime "Stay Calm And Carry On" slogan would become one of the catchphrases of the 21st Century? In most cases it is an over-reaction to the hassles of modern life; but in the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean it is a fittingly brave reaction.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

1644 : Shutter Finger Ready


School days - I remember them well. There were always those who could excel in all things athletic and sporting. And then there were those who stood around and watched ..... and one who squatted at the end of the long-jump pit, camera in hand, shutter finger ready.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

1643 : Caribbean Colours


I think I now realise why the flags of so many Caribbean countries feature the colours green and yellow. Wherever you turn you see the lush green vegetation and the yellow of the sun, the sands and the ochre stained buildings.