Wednesday, 26 September 2012
Friday, 21 September 2012
Thursday, 20 September 2012
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
You know what it is like when you are out taking photographs. Sometimes the light and the mood just seem to come together in a strange harmony. That day back in the 1980s when I took a series of photographs of Cleethorpes was one such day. It is delight to rediscover the negatives.
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Monday, 17 September 2012
I know I said that I was going to leave the scans of my old medium format negatives until later in the year. but it is cold and grey outside and I don't feel like pretty colours and smiling suns. So here we are, back in monochrome, back in Cleethorpes, back in the mid 1980s.
Thursday, 13 September 2012
I took this picture last weekend during our visit to the Yorkshire Dales. The mill is Yore Mill, in Aysgarth, a wonderful 18th century Grade II listed mill on the banks of the River Ure. Just up and down river from this point are the equally famous Aysgarth falls.
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Malham Beck emerges from the rocks at the foot of Malham Cove and then flows south to join the River Aire. It was warm this weekend and after a lengthy walk up from the car park in the village, Amy - who is not best fond of water in any form - paddled in the river to cool down.
Monday, 10 September 2012
It's is time to catch up with some recent photographs. We go away in five weeks town, but until them I will showcase some recent photographs and I will return to the old black and white scans later in the year. This picture was taken less than 24 hours ago and shows the magnificent Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle to Carlisle railway line.
Thursday, 30 August 2012
One of the delights of the random scanning of old negatives is the occasional serendipity it creates. This weekend I am being taken for a belated birthday treat on a tour (crawl) of some of the more delightful pubs of London. And by chance this morning I scanned a negative of a picture taken 30 years ago of one of the pubs that I will hopefully be visiting : the Black Friar. Hopefully, the exterior will not have changed (it's a listed building) but it will be interesting to see if the beer has improved.
Wednesday, 29 August 2012
Thursday, 23 August 2012
I am getting caught up in Leonard Cohen lyrics again. This really is one of my very favourite images from the recent batch I have scanned and one which is bound to make it to the 2013 Calendar. It's Cleethorpes, it's the early 1980s, it's grim.
Tuesday, 21 August 2012
I think this is Cleethorpes: it looks a bit like Cleethorpes and I did take a lot of photographs there in the early 1980s. If so, that is Cleethorpes Pier, but where the rest of it is?. How on earth did the customers get to the end of the pier shows? It's one of the deep mysteries of life.
Monday, 20 August 2012
The answer to the Leonard Cohen question was, of course, So Long Marianne:
Your letters they all say that you're beside me now.So today we say so long to her on Gog Hill in Elland, photographed some 30 years ago.
Then why do I feel alone?
I'm standing on a ledge and your fine spider web
Is fastening my ankle to a stone.
Now so long, Marianne, it's time that we began ...
Friday, 17 August 2012
Thursday, 16 August 2012
Monday, 13 August 2012
Friday, 10 August 2012
If proof were ever needed that I return like a lovesick Tomcat to a potentially stunning image, this shot of the rooftops over Elland is it. I suspect I have featured a similar view on Picture Post before, but this is definitely a different shot as I have never been able to scan these negatives before. The statue is on top of the old premises of the Huddersfield and Halifax Bank in Elland, West Yorkshire.
Thursday, 9 August 2012
Wednesday, 8 August 2012
Lovers of the photography of the late Bill Brandt will recognise the scene which formed the basis of his famous 1937 photograph, Snicket in Halifax. My photograph was taken some 40 years later and resurfaces almost 40 years after that when it emerges at the top of my pile of negatives to re-scan.
Tuesday, 7 August 2012
Monday, 6 August 2012
Sunday, 5 August 2012
This is the first of what will be a series of scans of large format negatives I took back in the 1970s and 1980s. I have been wanting to digitise these old negatives for ages but my existing scanner could not handle the format. My new scanner opens a door to these old 6x6 negatives and I will share them with you as I work my way through the negative file. This shot shows the junction of Crookes Valley Road and Crookesmoor Road in Sheffield.
Monday, 30 July 2012
I am still at my own personal Olympic Games and featuring some of the photographs I took at the Olympia Museum in Greece a few weeks ago. There was something rather familiar about this chap. He reminded me of someone, not exactly sure who. A chap I met in a pub, maybe.
Saturday, 28 July 2012
Friday, 27 July 2012
This photograph was taken at the museum in Olympia in Greece a few weeks ago and it makes a suitable image for the opening day of London 2012. I was watching the football competition last night (they start ahead of the main Games) and the pose in this particular statue reminds us that shirt pulling and body checking are nothing new.
Thursday, 26 July 2012
Monday, 23 July 2012
There is nothing like cohabitation as an aid to dating. Hang on, let me explain that : I am, of course, talking about the dating of forgotten negatives. On the same strip as yesterday's photograph of Dundee was this picture of "The Discovery"; the ship used by Scott to get his team to the Antarctic in 1912. It eventually returned to Dundee in 1986 and was berthed at Victoria Docks until 1993 when it moved to its new home at Discovery Point. My picture shows the ship in Victoria Docks, so my journey must have been between 20 and 25 years ago. I will carefully search the rest of the negatives for further clues.
Sunday, 22 July 2012
Of course, as soon as I start shouting my mouth off about how my photographs fall into three distinct periods I manage to come across exceptions. This is a scan of a monochrome negative I took in the late 1980s or early 1990s during a visit to Dundee in Scotland. The film had been - rather badly - developed and printed by some high street processor. They obviously did very little monochrome work and seem to have put the film through the colour processing machine. My re-scan brings a bit of life back to the shot.
Friday, 20 July 2012
I am not entirely sure where I took this photograph. It is a scan of a colour negative and therefore it relates to the second of my three periods as a photographer : monochrome negative (1962-1984); colour negative (1984-1996); digital (1996 - date). I can normally remember where each photograph was taken but this is making me think. If I had to guess, I might plump for the American Virgin Islands.
Thursday, 19 July 2012
I am not sure at what point something stops being a photograph and becomes something else. I didn't take the original photograph - it shows a group of mill girls from Bradford back in the 1920s - but I did decide to crop and focus down on the shapes. Does that make it art? I have no idea, but it is pleasing.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
The odd thing about re-scans of old colour negatives is that they never look quite as old as re-scans of monochrome negatives of the same age. I must have taken this picture 25 or 30 years ago. It was taken in Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire. It could have been yesterday.
Wednesday, 11 July 2012
Another of my negative scans and this one dates back to the early 1980s when I was working as a lecturer in the Management Department at Doncaster Institute of Higher Education. I seem to recall that I took this photograph of a fellow lecturer, Vincent Healey, in the staff room one day. He was a lovely chap who combined his expertise as a senior lecturer in accountancy with a passion for horse racing. He could often be discovered hidden away in a stock cupboard, totting up columns of figures whilst watching the 3.15 at Kempton on the departmental television.
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
The thing I love about blogging is that it is a collaborative process. Yesterday I posted a scan of a picture I took thirty or forty years ago. I had managed to work out where the photograph had been taken from but I had missed the most interesting feature of the image which was the institutional building in the middle distance. I would therefore like to thank Lisa B for bringing my attention to it and asking me about it. I have to say that I am not 100% sure what the building was, but I think it might have been the old Halifax Borough Fever Hospital. The cemetery next to it is Stoney Royd Cemetery and that is still in existence but I suspect the hospital building is long gone. As soon as its stops raining I will set out in search of an answer.
Monday, 9 July 2012
Picture Post returns with another selection of scans of negatives I took 40 or so years ago. This picture was taken from the junction of Clare Road and Hunger Hill in Halifax. The houses on the right of the road have gone, but those on the left remain. And the hill, of course, is still there.
Thursday, 31 May 2012
Thursday, 24 May 2012
Friday, 18 May 2012
This is one of the four statues that frame the Albert Memorial Water Fountain in Queensbury. According to newspapers reports from the time the fountain was opened in 1863, the four female figures are supposed to represent industry, fine arts, literature and agriculture. Quite which one this is, I am not sure - possibly republicanism, because she seems to have chopped off the head of the Prince Regent.
Thursday, 17 May 2012
This small carved figure sits just above the door of Holy Trinity Church, Queensbury. Whether it is to welcome the right people in or keep the wrong people out, I am not sure, but there is something about the satisfied smile that I quite like. There is no water spout and therefore it is not a gargoyle; the correct architectural terminology is, it seems, a chimera.
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Friday, 11 May 2012
Continuing with my "Week At The Dentist" series, this is a picture of the building that used to be Trinity Garage in Halifax. I remember it as one of the most superior buildings in the town, the home of sleek new cars and bright ambitions. Now it is the home of curtain shops and second hand car dealers: but it is still a colourful sight.
Thursday, 10 May 2012
Isobel is still at the dentist, so I decide to go and investigate the equestrian statue that stands in the little park at the junction of Heath Road and Skircoat Road in Halifax. I have been passing this statue on and off for fifty years - I used to pass it most days when walking home from school - and I have never once checked to see who it was. Time to formally introduce myself at long last to Prince Albert. My apologies to his horse, but the rather strange angle was dictated by the strong sunlight.
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Isobel had to go the the dentist this morning for a filling replacing. Whilst she was there I had twenty minutes wandering around the local streets in Halifax. The challenge was : could I get a weeks' worth of Picture Post photographs from that 20 minutes? To add to the challenge, the only camera I had with me was the one on my mobile phone. My first photograph shows Clare Road along with its magnificent cobbles.
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Monday, 7 May 2012
In the background is Halifax Town Hall, a fine nineteenth century listed building by Charles Barry (who went on to design the Houses of Parliament). In the foreground is the 14 foot plastic bowling pin on top of the Halifax Bowl which was designed and built with all the flair of a matchbox in 1964. The monstrous pin caused such outrage that the council forced the company to take it down after six months (which nicely dates my photo), but the building remained standing for another forty-five years. And then it was demolished and once again a clear view of the magnificent town hall was available - well for at least six months; until they built a new concrete shopping centre to replace it and once again hide Barry's masterpiece.
Friday, 4 May 2012
Another old transparency from my odds and ends box: unloved, unframed and, until today, unviewed. I suspect it is from the same film as the last two shots and therefore dates from the mid 1960s. The two films listed on the poster - Lost World and Girl Hunters ("Rough, Ripping, Raw" according to its poster) - were released in 1960 and 1963; but it always took films a year or two to descend to the Royal. The Theatre Royal in Halifax was built in 1905 and my picture capture it during its gradual decline from theatre to cinema to bingo hall to nightclub to abandonment.
Thursday, 3 May 2012
This photograph was taken just around the corner from the one I featured yesterday so I assume it was from the same set of self-developed transparencies. 45 years on, the Halifax Piece Hall still exists, although the fine old houses to the right of the entrance are long gone. And I dare say that if you tried to tie your washing line to the entrance arch of this fine Grade 1 listed building, you would get into bother.