Tuesday, 30 August 2016

1485 : Can't See The Mills For The Trees


WEST VALE MILL FROM HULLENEDGE : 29 AUGUST 2016 (1608C68)

I had a discussion the other week with a friend about changes to the West Yorkshire landscape that have come about over the last fifty or so years. We came to the conclusion that one of the most visible changes was the return of the trees. In the nineteenth and early twentieth century you would have been hard pressed to see a tree amidst the stonescape of mills. Now you can hardly see the mills for the trees.

Monday, 29 August 2016

1484 : Dying For Colour


CENTURY DYEWORKS, ELLAND : 27 AUGUST 2016

You would think it deserved to be painted in brighter colours. Rich blues, boastful reds, self-righteous greens. But the colours, it would appear, are all safely hidden within.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

1483 : Briggate, Elland


BRIGGATE, ELLAND, AUGUST 2016 : 1608C43

Briggate means the road to the bridge and appropriately enough Briggate leads down to Elland Bridge. There has been a bridge over the River Calder hereabouts since the twelfth century, but most of the early ones were made of wood and were destroyed during river flooding. The current one is made of stone, but it didn't do it much good : part of it was washed away in the flooding last Christmas.

Friday, 26 August 2016

1482 : Scaling Abraham With A Can Of Lager


CABLE CAR, MATLOCK BATH (1990) : 1608C24

This scan comes from a negative I took twenty five years or so ago at the Heights Of Abraham, Matlock Bath in Derbyshire. The cable car was relatively new then and probably still the only alpine style cable car in the UK. It still exists today, but the cars are much sleeker and they no longer sing the praises of lager!

Thursday, 25 August 2016

1481 : Cigarettes And Sixties Schooldays


NIGEL B : 1966 (1608B96)

I can't remember whether I took this photograph at home or in the school photographic studios which were down in the basements of the school both I and the subject (I think he was called Nigel) attended. The cigarette would not be evidence either way - they were relaxed days back in the sixties.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

1480 : Defying The Laws Of Perspective


NEW MARKET STREET, COLNE : AUGUST 2016

A combination of lens and northern hills takes a scene and concertinas it, so that it defies the laws of perspective.

Monday, 22 August 2016

1479 : Higginbottom - Black, White And A Little Grey


Higgin Street, Colne : 18 August 2016

A photograph taken from the bottom of Higgin Street, looking towards the centre of Colne. Black, white and a little grey.

Friday, 19 August 2016

1478 : Northern Xenophobia


CHURCH STREET, COLNE : AUGUST 2016

We went shopping in Colne yesterday and I managed to escape the large modern outlet shops for a walk around the old town. Whilst it is very definitely part of Lancashire, a lot of Yorkshire seems to have seeped down from the moors, like run-off from the rain-soaked peat. The rich stone, the holy trinity of bank, town hall and co-op store, the municipal pride: I think of these as being Yorkshire virtues but that is me being xenophobic. They are northern virtues.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

1477 : Now You Has Jazz



JUBILEE PARADE BAND MEMBER : MARSDEN JAZZ FESTIVAL, OCTOBER 2006

Well, you take some skins
Jazz begins
Then you take a bass
Man, now we're
Getting someplace

Take a box
One that rocks
Take a blue horn
New Orleans born

"Now You Has Jazz" Cole Porter

1476 : Italianate Style - Yorkshire Grit


EBENEZER PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHURCH, WALKLEY, SHEFFIELD

"Methodist church. 1890. By WJ Taylor. Coursed rock-faced stone with ashlar dressings and Welsh slate roof. Italianate style".
Historic England Listed Building Entry Summary