Monday, 7 February 2011

An Incongruous Car In A Congruous Close


The strange thing about scanning old negatives isn't so much the fact that you can't remember taking a particular photograph, it's that you can't remember ever having set foot in the location in the first place. This particular photograph conveniently has its own embedded location tag, but I had to look up Oakfield Close on Google Maps. I found it - it's in Elland West Yorkshire - and Street View confirms it is the same close, but I have no recollection of ever having been there are why I took this particular photograph. Perhaps it was because, even back in the 1970s, the rusty old car looked incongruous next to the gleaming new bungalows. Maybe, as I scan the rest of the negatives on the film-strip, a story might emerge.

12 comments:

Rosie said...

What is a "close"? I have never heard that expression before.

Alan Burnett said...

It is a name beloved by builders and architects of twee suburban developments in the hope of setting the homes a notch above the more common Street or Road. You could write a book about the class connotations of the names we give to collections of dwellings.

Valerie said...

The car looks somewhat out of place in the 'Close' ... I imagine there are lots of roads that leave our memories over time but it's fun trying to recall them.

Roy said...

Hmmmm... I'll bet those houses are starting to resemble that car nowadays.

Chairman Bill said...

Son arrives back from university with clapped out old banger, which annoys the neighbours.

Those were the days before parents bought their children powerful cars.

One wonders whether the lack of speed in the old bangers made them more safe than more powerful, but intrinsically safer modern cars when ploughing into a tree in the early hours of Sunday morning when returning home from a party.

Rosie said...

Thank you Alan, I am getting educated now....

Kat Mortensen said...

I cannot but think of "Columbo" when I see such a vehicle. (You've got my mind on t.v. detectives today, Alan.)

Michael and Hanne said...

What is that car doing there? I thought you drove on the left? This picture was taken before yellow lines were used every everywhere... Good old photo nonetheless.
PS Thought bangers were sausages....

jennyfreckles said...

I'm laughing at the bewilderment caused by our English words - close, bangers... It's a quaint old language for sure! I always took the view that 'Close' described how the houses were built relative to one another. As to the most boring photo contest, yes, I can see this one being a worthy rival. But I'm smiling so much at the whole post that you can't possibly have won.

Mmm said...

Oooh, can;t wait to see wah telse emerges. I so love this scanning of your negatives--feels like we are on this great journey of discovery right along w/ you. this is quickly becoming one of my fave blogs --your writing style being the cheery on top.

Mmm said...

so true, Alan. Speaking of names for streets, etc, there is a whole collection of English ones here for one neighbourhood but misspelled, based off of the American pronunciation. My favourite I think was "Taimes" something like that. Horrifying, yes. Oh, adn "WimbleTon" as the street planners or builders must have assumed there must be a T being pronounced as a "d" like is said here. Ha. so much for an upscale neighbourhood. Pretty run down actually now.

Vicki Lane said...

Looks like a picture a private investigator might have taken to see who was visiting the lady of the house at a suspicious time.