Sunday, 27 July 2014

1197 : Coming Around Again

2014.0727.20 : Isobel  Scanned 35mm B&W Negative. Circa 1984
Isobel - about thirty years ago. A negative randomly taken from my negative files and scanned. The interesting thing is that in the background is a print of the photograph I randomly scanned yesterday. As Carly sang : "I know nothing stays the same, But if you're willing to play the game, It's coming around again."

Saturday, 26 July 2014

1196 : Moulding The Shifting Sands

2014.0724.20 :  Bridlington Beach. Scanned 6x6 B&W Negative. Circa 1984
I suspect we are hard-wired to dig: to mould and change the world we live in. Kids dig the shifting sands and grow up to be builders and architects. Then they create structures that no tide can wash away.

Friday, 25 July 2014

1195 : Concrete Pillars Of Hercules

2014.0724.21 : Burdock Way, Halifax. Scanned 6x6 B&W Negative. 1971
Scale is a funny thing. Sometimes the boundaries are slowly pushed back - inch by inch - against the drag of technological inertia. At other times, conventions tumble and a new scale spans the landscape, like some concrete pillars of Hercules.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

1194 : Stained Steel And Kiln-Fired Bricks

2014.0724.01 : South Riding. Scanned 6x6 B&W Negative. Circa 1980
Most of my old photographs were taken in the West Riding of Yorkshire. But there is the West Riding of my youth - hills, moors and mills - and the West Riding of my 30s and 40s (which should have been the South Riding if such a thing were possible). There you would find a scene set flatter; stained steel and kiln-fired bricks.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

1193 : Between Civilisation And Sky

2014.0723.16 : Yorkshire Moors. Scanned 35mm B&W Negative. Circa 1988
Someone, not from these parts, once asked me what the moors were. I'm still not sure what the answer is. Necessary wasteland. Nature's grouting between civilisation and sky.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

1192 : Walls, Roofs And Aerials

2014.0721.12 : Rooftops, Southowram Bank - Scanned 35mm B&W Negative. Circa 1975
Stone walls. Slate roofs. Television aerials designed to physically rip the signals from the leaden clouds. Halifax forty years ago.

Monday, 21 July 2014

1191 : Piece Hall Market Day

2014.0721.02 : Market Day - B&W 35mm Negative. Circa 1978
The Piece Hall, Halifax. Stone colonnades and 300 rooms enclosing a large public space. Built in 1779 and gradually coloured with a patina of grime, sweat and smoke. In Venice there would be pavement cafes and string quartets. Up north there are market stalls.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

1190 : Black And White Cold

2014.0719.02 : Skegness Beach. Scanned 6x6 B&W Negative. Circa 1984
Summertime on the beach. Blue skies; golden sands .... blackened ironwork; grey seas; bracing north wind: black and white cold.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

1189 : The Triumph Of Watery Persistence

2014.0719.01 :  Skegness Pier. Scanned 6x6 B&W Negative. Circa 1984
Piers are a testament to that age-old contest between mankind and the sea. Like some iron-clad Canute, they defy the waves to part and stay away. But, eventually, the waves always win with their watery persistence.

Friday, 18 July 2014

1188 : Images Emerging From Swirling Liquids

2014.0717.16 : Crossley & Porter Photographic Society Meeting, 1966. Scanned B&W 35 mm Negative

Back in those days photography was something done in dark rooms. With chemical baths and silver salts, images emerged from swirling liquids like revelations of an alternative reality. Unpixelated, two dimensional, black and white and without a mobile phone in sight.