Wednesday, 30 July 2014

1199 Again : Neither Up Nor Down

2014.0730.02 : Spiral Staircase, Lincoln. Scanned 6x6 B&W Negative, Circa 1985
Checked Blogger and this, rather than the one yesterday, turns out to be post 1199. So this is 1199 again. Going around in circles. Marking time. Going neither up nor down.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

1199 : Naked In The Demolition Fields

2014.0728.19 : Mount Zion Congregational Chapel, Sheffield. Scanned 6x6 B&W Negative. Circa 1985
Mount Zion : an evocative enough name. Built of Sheffield brick and faced with Yorkshire stone. Almost naked in the demolition fields.

Monday, 28 July 2014

1198 : Half A Gasworks

2014.0728.09 : Brighouse Canal Basin. Scanned 35mm B&W Negative. Circa 1967
Some years ago I got an e-mail from someone seeking a photograph of Brighouse Gas Works. All I had was a rather blurred and distant shot. I said I would keep my eyes open in case I had another picture of the long-dismantled gasometers. I found this today. Half a gasworks is better than no gasworks.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

1197 : Coming Around Again

2014.0727.20 : Isobel  Scanned 35mm B&W Negative. Circa 1984
Isobel - about thirty years ago. A negative randomly taken from my negative files and scanned. The interesting thing is that in the background is a print of the photograph I randomly scanned yesterday. As Carly sang : "I know nothing stays the same, But if you're willing to play the game, It's coming around again."

Saturday, 26 July 2014

1196 : Moulding The Shifting Sands

2014.0724.20 :  Bridlington Beach. Scanned 6x6 B&W Negative. Circa 1984
I suspect we are hard-wired to dig: to mould and change the world we live in. Kids dig the shifting sands and grow up to be builders and architects. Then they create structures that no tide can wash away.

Friday, 25 July 2014

1195 : Concrete Pillars Of Hercules

2014.0724.21 : Burdock Way, Halifax. Scanned 6x6 B&W Negative. 1971
Scale is a funny thing. Sometimes the boundaries are slowly pushed back - inch by inch - against the drag of technological inertia. At other times, conventions tumble and a new scale spans the landscape, like some concrete pillars of Hercules.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

1194 : Stained Steel And Kiln-Fired Bricks

2014.0724.01 : South Riding. Scanned 6x6 B&W Negative. Circa 1980
Most of my old photographs were taken in the West Riding of Yorkshire. But there is the West Riding of my youth - hills, moors and mills - and the West Riding of my 30s and 40s (which should have been the South Riding if such a thing were possible). There you would find a scene set flatter; stained steel and kiln-fired bricks.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

1193 : Between Civilisation And Sky

2014.0723.16 : Yorkshire Moors. Scanned 35mm B&W Negative. Circa 1988
Someone, not from these parts, once asked me what the moors were. I'm still not sure what the answer is. Necessary wasteland. Nature's grouting between civilisation and sky.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

1192 : Walls, Roofs And Aerials

2014.0721.12 : Rooftops, Southowram Bank - Scanned 35mm B&W Negative. Circa 1975
Stone walls. Slate roofs. Television aerials designed to physically rip the signals from the leaden clouds. Halifax forty years ago.

Monday, 21 July 2014

1191 : Piece Hall Market Day

2014.0721.02 : Market Day - B&W 35mm Negative. Circa 1978
The Piece Hall, Halifax. Stone colonnades and 300 rooms enclosing a large public space. Built in 1779 and gradually coloured with a patina of grime, sweat and smoke. In Venice there would be pavement cafes and string quartets. Up north there are market stalls.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

1190 : Black And White Cold

2014.0719.02 : Skegness Beach. Scanned 6x6 B&W Negative. Circa 1984
Summertime on the beach. Blue skies; golden sands .... blackened ironwork; grey seas; bracing north wind: black and white cold.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

1189 : The Triumph Of Watery Persistence

2014.0719.01 :  Skegness Pier. Scanned 6x6 B&W Negative. Circa 1984
Piers are a testament to that age-old contest between mankind and the sea. Like some iron-clad Canute, they defy the waves to part and stay away. But, eventually, the waves always win with their watery persistence.

Friday, 18 July 2014

1188 : Images Emerging From Swirling Liquids

2014.0717.16 : Crossley & Porter Photographic Society Meeting, 1966. Scanned B&W 35 mm Negative

Back in those days photography was something done in dark rooms. With chemical baths and silver salts, images emerged from swirling liquids like revelations of an alternative reality. Unpixelated, two dimensional, black and white and without a mobile phone in sight.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

1187 : A Grayscale Town

2014.0716.11 : Halifax From Shibden Valley. 35mm B&W Negative Scan. Circa 1967
50 years ago Halifax still had its mill chimneys, its muck, and its brass. It was a grayscale town, framed by less than green valleys. Sometimes the smoke spilled out, as if coming from the lip of a giant industrial cauldron. 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

1186 : Studied Concentration

2014.0716.13 : Trafalgar Square, London. 1968 Scanned 35mm B&W Negative
Trafalgar Square, London. The 1968 demonstrations against the war in Vietnam. Banner-carrying protesters with looks of grim determination. Helmeted policemen with looks of studied concentration

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

1185 : Stone-Storied Mills

2014.0715.21 : Escape From The Mill. 35mm B&W Negative Scan Circa 1969 
At one time there were hundreds of textile mills in each West Yorkshire town. Stone-storied mills capped every street and lane, discharging waves of mill girls with each passing shift. Now the mills that remain are half demolished or converted into smart apartments for accountants and management trainees commuting to Leeds and Manchester.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

1184 : Backs of Oxford Street

2014.071325 : Backs of Oxford Street. 6x6 B&W Negative Circa 1983
You may have heard of the Backs of Cambridge. This photographs is of the little known Backs of Oxford Street in Sheffield taken from the door of my home at the time. A small terraced garden had been carved out of the rock and brick cliff and washing hung out until it either dried or disintegrated from the effects of the constant acid rain.

1183 : Boys In The Pub At The Paris Gates

2014.0712.16 : Boys Lane and Paris Gates, Halifax
This picture, which dates back to the late 1980s, shows Boys Lane leading down to Paris Gates in Halifax. At the junction of the two stood - and I am delighted to say, still stands, the Shears Inn.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

1182 : Trooping The Monochrome

2014.0712.14 :  Trooper Lane, Halifax  Circa 1988
Trooper Lane is said to take its name from the time of the English Civil War when troops would use the lane to avoid passing through the notorious dirty and disease-ridden town of Halifax.

Friday, 11 July 2014

1181 : Manchester-on-Don, Sheffield

2014.0711.04 :  Manchester-on-Don, Sheffield. Circa 1990
The pub in the mid-distance is the former Manchester Hotel on Nursery Street (now The Harlequin), the river is the River Don, the city is Sheffield.