I had forgotten I even had this photograph. I know that look on my wife's face .... know it well.
Monday, 31 March 2008
Ending the month with some re-scans from my old collection. I remember this day out, we were in the Lake District. From the left that is Raymond, Edith (Isobel's parents), Mark, Isobel and Chrissy. I'm where I normally hide - behind the camera.
Despite the "Old" in its name, the Old Ship Inn Brighouse was only built in the 1920s. However, it made use of timbers from the old first rate ship of the line "HMS Donegal" was was built in 1858. Maybe there is a story about Brighouse pubs waiting out there to be told.
Walking through Brighouse today I was struck by the fact that two the the town's six remaining pubs are currently for sale or to let. Someone needs to record the remaining pubs before they vanish. "Well, you've got nothing better to do", a ghastly voice declares.
Thursday, 27 March 2008
Trawling through some old slides and converting them to digital format, I came across this picture taken in Europe (probably the Netherlands) during the summer of 1968. On the left is Darrel Oldfield and on the right is Dave Hebblethwaite. Behind the camera is ... who else.
Monday, 24 March 2008
Friday, 21 March 2008
The trouble with digitising old negatives is that often you are pushed to try and remember the subject of a photograph taken thirty or forty years ago. I think this is a photograph of my friend Desmond which dates back to a time when he and his wife, Katie, ran a canal-boat hotel. No doubt someone will let me know if I am wrong.
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
We walked through the Crematorium this morning - Amy and I. For ages now, this had been a tricky undertaking : there is an area of swamp-land which is impossible to avoid. You have to either walk through the watery mud and wade through the muddy water. Choices, choices.
Sunday, 16 March 2008
Thursday, 13 March 2008
The best of my old photographs are the ones which capture a moment, freeze a process of transition. Thus buildings being built or demolished or markets selling apples at 6d a pound all capture something which was soon to vanish. And so, I am afraid, will this picture which I took earlier today. The Ash Brow, like so many others, will soon vanish to be replaced by apartments and parking spaces. Sad, sad, sad.
A slide of a building being demolished which I must have taken about the same time as the previous two. But where is it? My guess would be the old Alhambra Cinema which was just above the (old) new bus station in Halifax. Would anyone like to confirm that?
Another period piece emerges from the scanner. This, I know, is Halifax Market. Again I would guess the mid-sixties. You could buy two pounds of apples for a shilling (5p) and probably still have enough change to holiday in Spain for a week.
I splashed out on a new scanner today which is specially designed to scan slides and negatives in addition to the normal scanning functions. The first batch of slides I put through were picked at random and included this period piece from Halifax in the mid-sixties. The outsize bowling ball was a famous landmark for many years. Eventually the building became a supermarket.
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
This frontage of the Dewsbury Pioneers Industrial Society (1879) is wonderfully impressive. But the current state of the building looks like this might be one of the last pictures of it. Surely, by now, we have learnt to treat beautiful buildings better than this.
Sunday, 9 March 2008
In Dewsbury I find this impressive sculpture in front of the Town Hall. I decide to wait until I get home to check what it is and by whom. Surely all such knowledge is now available on the web. But after considerable research I still can't find out what it is.
Tuesday, 4 March 2008
Monday, 3 March 2008
I eventually find a Gas Works, but it is in the wrong town. This is Halifax. That railway shed from the first picture is once again just about visible. All three photographs were probably taken on the same day. At a guess, I would say about 1965.
This was taken from Godley Bridge and is looking towards the centre of Halifax. If you had a sharp eye, and if I had had a sharp lens) you would be able to make out the top of railway shed just to the left of the top window of the bus.
I am currently searching for photos of Brighouse Gas Works (don't ask, it's a long story). So far, the search hasn't thrown up too much in terms of Gas Works, but has led to the re-discovery of some of my old photos. This was taken in the old railway sheds which used to be next to North Bridge, Halifax. It is now the site of Halifax Leisure Centre.