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
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Saturday, 23 August 2014
|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
|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
|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
Friday, 15 August 2014
|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
|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.