Tuesday, 21 October 2014

1221 : Excelsior In Brass


This brass plate was set into the pavement in a street in Livorno in Italy. As far as I can tell, the hotel has been converted into apartments. But the brass plate remains. Like some twentieth century Expedia logo. Solid. Permanent.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

1220 : Smoothing The Edges Of Time

2014.09S.21 : Night in Manchester - Scanned 35mm B&W Negative. (Circa 1985)

It could be thirty years ago and it could be yesterday. Night does that. It smoothes the edges of time.


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

1219 : Thoughts On A Grimsby Crane

AA17.16 Grimsby Fish Docks. Scanned 35mm B&W Negative. Circa 1993
Like something out of H G Wells, like an alien creature stalking humanity, like some demonic offspring of the mating of a Dalek with a Triffid, it slowly approached.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

1218 : Off To The Seaside

AA16.72 : Pier 39, Cleethorpes Scanned 35mm B&W Negative. Circa 1990

Off to the seaside. Back soon.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

1217 : Shall I See You As A June Day?

AA16.68 : Matlock Bath, Derbyshire Scanned 35mm B&W Negative Circa 1990
Shooting the countryside in monochrome film is a bit like writing a sonnet using only words of four letters or less. "Will I see you as a June day, You are more nice and fit as well ...."

Thursday, 21 August 2014

1216 : Clinging To The Contours

AM05.37 : Upperthorpe, Sheffield Scanned 6x6 B&W Negative. Circa 1984
This photograph was taken from one of those "streets in the sky" featured in yesterday's post. The vantage point is long gone, but those brick streets climbing up Walkley Hill are still clinging to the contours. Indeed, The Lad lives in one of the houses you might just manage to see in this photograph with the help of a magnifying glass and a good supply of pixels.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

1215 : From Brutalist To Anodyne

AM05.35 : Kelvin Flats, Sheffield Scanned 6x6 B&W Negative Circa 1984
The now-demolished Kelvin Flats in Sheffield were just at the bottom of the road where we lived. At the time they were famous for their "streets in the sky"; later they were christened "brutalist" and demolished with little fanfare.  They were replaced with anodyne boxes : safe and solidly boring. Such a shame that architecture seems to have abandoned the challenge of public housing.

Monday, 18 August 2014

1214 : Like Coalite - Once Familiar, Now Gone

AA16.31 : Sheffield Skyline Scanned 35mm B&W Negative. Circa 1984
Sheffield skyline - black and white with grey in between. Memories of the past - like Coalite - once familiar, now gone.

Friday, 15 August 2014

1213 : Harbour Colour

2014.08B.24  Bridlington Harbour  Scanned 35mm Colour Negative.  Circa 1987
Occasionally within the five hundred and fifty shades of grey that is the exciting volume which is my negative archive, there is a splash of colour. Just a splash : up north we have learnt to use our colours sparingly.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

1212 : Filter And Fudge

2014.08A.35 :  Bikes  Scanned 6x6 Negative Circa 1982
Sometimes with old negatives, you look at them again from the perspective of 30 years and think "there's a photograph in there somewhere". So you dig, you excavate, you filter and you fudge. But the photograph never really emerges.