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.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

1211 : Escape

2014.08A.21 : Fire Escape - Scanned 6x6 B&W Negative Circa 1976
Is it any wonder that people wanted to escape such places?

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

1210 : Off Home

2014.0811.08  Off Home  Scanned 6x6 B&W Negative. Circa 1984
It might be morning, it might be evening. It might be Sheffield steel, it might be Grimsby fish. They might be workers or they might be stray passers-by. But there is something in the stance, something about the set of their limbs, something which says they are "off home".

Sunday, 10 August 2014

1209 : Grimsby Fish Docks

2014.0808.29 : Fishmonger, Grimsby Scanned 35mm B&W Negative. Circa 1985
Grimsby Fish Docks. Fish-heads piled in bins, manna for a thousand sea gulls. The thick taste of salt in the air, the last trace of ice in the gutters.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

1208 : Brick Writing

2014.0808.24 : Railway Warehouse Scanned 35mm B&W Negative. Circa 1983
Early digital fonts - brick writing.

Friday, 8 August 2014

1207 : The Compass Point Jury Is Still Out

2014.08.09 : Park Hill Flats, Sheffield. Scanned 6x6 B&W Negative. Circa 1983
Park Hill Flats. In the 1960s I was taken on a tour of them by City Councillors and they proudly pointed to where the future was. And then they fell out of favour, polarities switched and they pointed to the past. Now they are Grade II listed, refurbished and student-centred. The compass point jury is still out.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

1206 : Mud, Posts And Cleethorpes

2014.0806.25 : Mud, Posts & Cleethorpes - Scanned 35mm B&W Negative Circa 1983
There is no doubt a meaning to all those posts that break through the estuary mud like knotty pimples on the face of a teenager. Such a meaning is lost on a passing seagull.