Saturday, 26 August 2017

1603 : Piece Gathering


Halifax Piece Hall (August 2017)
They have just carried out a major redevelopment at the historic Halifax Piece Hall, replacing the old, stone-cobbled, sloping floor with one which is tiered and stone-flagged. Many people complain about the cost or the look of the new configuration, but it does provide a more usable space for large public gatherings, such as those which were such a part of the history of the Piece Hall in the nineteenth century.

1602 : Don't Look At The Camera


Cows In A Field, Bradford Road, Fixby (August 2017)
I tried telling these cows not to stare at the camera lens, but you know what youngsters are like. Perhaps they were spooked, not by me, but by the rather strange coloured clouds.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

1601 Old Lane Is An Old Lane


Old Lane, Halifax (August 2017)

Can a street name be more descriptive than this? So steep there has to be a hand-rail to help you up it, still covered in the stone sets of centuries past: Old Lane is an old lane.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

1600 : The Rise And Fall Of The Hills


Back Randolph Street, Halifax  (August 2017)

For whatever reason, this photograph says Halifax to me. Although I was born seven miles away in Bradford and now live four miles away in Huddersfield, Halifax as always been - and always will be - home. The built environment - whether it was built fifty years ago or one hundred and fifty years ago - cannot overwhelm the shape of the landscape, the rise and fall of the hills.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

1599 : My Concrete Muse


Burdock Way, Halifax (August 2017)

This is a scene I keep returning to: I can never pass the concrete Burdock Way Overpass without taking out whatever camera I may have with me. My adolescent eye was captured by these concrete curves forty years ago and I have been returning to them ever since.