Monday, 24 January 2011
Social History Frozen In Time
Someone once wrote about an image being worth a thousand words. How wrong they were : it is worth far more than that. As I scan my old negatives I seem to spend longer and longer staring into them, seeing new details, reveling in new discoveries, decades after the photograph was first taken. This week I am featuring images from just one random strip of six negatives. The majority of them focus on a mill fire. I have no record of when or where it was, I would guess Halifax in the mid 1960s. But what life there is, what history burnt into the emulsion. My eye is immediately drawn to the group of people on the left of the shot : social history frozen in time.