Saturday, 31 December 2016

1523 : Brighouse's Brutalist Rally

OLD FLOUR MILL, BRIGHOUSE : DECEMBER 2016
The line-up of cars looks vaguely like the front row of some brutalist rally; awaiting the flag to drop so that they can accelerate off into the canal. And when they eventually sink beneath the cold Calder waves, the giant concrete car dispenser will deposit a replacement row, all ready to go again.


Friday, 30 December 2016

1522 : Somehow I Doubt It

DUKE OF YORK GUEST HOUSE, SCARBOROUGH : DECEMBER 2016
Could this be where the Duke of York stays when he visits Scarborough? Somehow I doubt it!

Thursday, 29 December 2016

1521 : Like The Tag-Line Of A Hymn

SCARBOROUGH HARBOUR, DECEMBER 2016 : 1612-171
There is a dark sky and a dark sea: and sandwiched between them, like the tag-line of a hymn, is a layer of brightness and hope. "Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee, for those in peril on Scarborough front".

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

1520 : Fretting Over The North Sea


There is something about the mist and the sea. I am well aware that the seasoned navigators amongst you will say that often it is a dangerous mix, but those of us that take photographs will see only the way in which the mist draws things together and softens the hardest salt-encrusted edges. This was taken in Scarborough, at a time when the mist was fretting over the North Sea.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

1519 : Let's Build A New World


INDUSTRIAL UNIT - "CLEGSTYLE" : BRADFORD ROAD, BATLEY (1612-98) (December 2016)

Dear Doctor, Is there something wrong with me? More and more, I prefer buildings to people. Buildings don't die: they simply crumble into dusty insignificance. Buildings don't make silly political decisions: they recognise solidarity as a virtue, and they know that what is on the inside is as important as what is on the outside. Even the tired frontage of this Batley industrial unit would make a better political leader than many ruling the world today (and tomorrow). Let's build a new world.

Friday, 23 December 2016

1518 : Laminated History


HALIFAX BOROUGH MARKET (1612C-38)

Built during Victoria’s reign of wrought iron, glass and Yorkshire stone, Halifax Borough Market remains one of the finest indoor Victorian markets in the country. Many of the names are the same as they were when I was a child - Max Crossley, Arthur Worsman, Frank Grosvenor. History laminated onto stone flags.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

1517 : The Imagination Of Bats


BACK STATION ROAD, BATLEY - DECEMBER 2016 : 1612-138

Back Station Street in Batley runs down the back of the station. The name of the village that seems to hang from the valley side is Hanging Heaton. Imaginative folk in these parts.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

1516 : Salvation Has Dried Up


WESLEYAN CHAPEL, BATLEY, DECEMBER 2016 : 1612-54

Chapels are dotted around Batley like second thoughts. Once, religion overflowed from the citizens like rainwater out of a Manchester water butt. Now the chapels are workshops and restaurants and boarded-up ruins. Salvation has dried up.

Monday, 5 December 2016

1515 : Cambridge Days

BATLEY TECHNICAL SCHOOL AND LIBRARY, DECEMBER 2016 : 1612-043
This photograph looks up Cambridge Street in Batley towards the town Library. On the left is the Technical School and on the right is the Municipal Swimming Baths. The municipal pigeons swoop overhead. I wonder if there is a Batley Street in Cambridge?

Friday, 2 December 2016

1514 : Drained Cars And Giant Wheelie Bins

BATLEY WAR MEMORIAL : DECEMBER 2016 (1612-030)
I sometimes think that the twin curse of modern times, as far as photographers are concerned, is that of cars and wheelie bins. Both conspire to overpower any scene with their flash metallic colours and utilitarian plastic angularity. In this picture, only by draining the cars of all their colour was the eye free to travel up the stone sets to the war memorial. Even then, the Fox's biscuit factory tried its best to imitate a giant wheelie bin.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

1513 : A Great Place To See Art

BATLEY LIBRARY AND ART GALLERY : DECEMBER 2016 (1612-025)
After the beauty of the sun setting over the Lisbon skyline, where better to go to than Batley in West Yorkshire.  The town is full of spectacular stone buildings, many of which are in a terrible state of disrepair. Luckily, this is not the case with the Library and Art Gallery which is situated on the main square. A sign on the side of the building proclaims, "a great place to see art".  Whatever art that might be hanging inside, it would be hard pressed to challenge the beauty of the building itself.