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.