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. 

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

1640 : Archives - Dreams And Nightmares


PARK HILL, SHEFFIELD (c.1990)
I am guessing at the date of this photograph, but I seem to recall I took it a year or two before we left Sheffield and returned to West Yorkshire. Housing developments such as Park Hill were seen as dreams of the future in the 1960s, and nightmares of the past by the end of the century. Both views were over-simplifications.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

1639 : Lost And Found - Feeding The Horse


FEEDING THE HORSE
This is a new scan of an old medium format negative I acquired from somewhere or other. I am not entirely sure whether it is the horse that is been fed or the child!

Monday, 23 October 2017

1638 : Archives - Roll On, Roll Off


CAR FERRY, IRELAND (1967)
It was the late 1960s and I was on a holiday in Ireland with my parents. We were driving around Kerry and I was navigating. I remember discovering a car ferry marked on the map which would provide us with a very useful short cut. When we got there, my father stopped just long enough for me to take this photograph and then drove off at speed in the opposite direction.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

1637 : Lost And Found - Hats And Chains


LATE VICTORIAN COUPLE
This is a scan of a whole plate glass negative which was sent to me by person or persons unknown, safely packed within a plastic DVD case. There is a wonderful array of chains - holding coats together, holding purses in place - and two rather magnificent hats.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

1636 : Something New - Live And Swinging


Dave O'Higgins : Huddersfield, October 2017
Taking photographs at live events is not one of my favourite activities, but it is one I am happy to do to help out a friend. I was therefore down at my mate Ben Crosland's gig at Huddersfield Parish Church the other night for his interpretation of the Ray Davies' Songbook. This was one of the photographs from that session and it shows the excellent saxophonist, Dave O'Higgins.