Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Wednesday, 25 October 2017
PARK HILL, SHEFFIELD (c.1990)
I am guessing at the date of this photograph, but I seem to recall I took it a year or two before we left Sheffield and returned to West Yorkshire. Housing developments such as Park Hill were seen as dreams of the future in the 1960s, and nightmares of the past by the end of the century. Both views were over-simplifications.
Tuesday, 24 October 2017
Monday, 23 October 2017
CAR FERRY, IRELAND (1967)
It was the late 1960s and I was on a holiday in Ireland with my parents. We were driving around Kerry and I was navigating. I remember discovering a car ferry marked on the map which would provide us with a very useful short cut. When we got there, my father stopped just long enough for me to take this photograph and then drove off at speed in the opposite direction.
Sunday, 22 October 2017
LATE VICTORIAN COUPLE
This is a scan of a whole plate glass negative which was sent to me by person or persons unknown, safely packed within a plastic DVD case. There is a wonderful array of chains - holding coats together, holding purses in place - and two rather magnificent hats.
Saturday, 21 October 2017
Dave O'Higgins : Huddersfield, October 2017
Taking photographs at live events is not one of my favourite activities, but it is one I am happy to do to help out a friend. I was therefore down at my mate Ben Crosland's gig at Huddersfield Parish Church the other night for his interpretation of the Ray Davies' Songbook. This was one of the photographs from that session and it shows the excellent saxophonist, Dave O'Higgins.
Friday, 20 October 2017
GRIMSBY FISH DOCKS (1988)
In the 1980s I would visit Grimsby frequently - sometimes on business, occasionally for photographic pleasure. By then the port was in decline and many of the fish docks and gutting sheds were standing empty. There was a fishy sadness about the place.
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
SOLDIER WITH A NET
There is the remnants of a date stamp on the back of this photograph of an unknown soldier and it seems to be 1933. What kind of soldier could this have been and what was he trying to catch in his net? A Tiger Moth maybe!
ALONE ON A HILL, SUSSEX (1980)
I seem to recall that we were somewhere in Sussex, not far from Eastbourne. It was early evening and our friends were highlighted against the setting sun. I suppose it would have made a better photograph in colour, but times were hard and colour film was well beyond our means.
Friday, 13 October 2017
VICTORIAN GENT, STUDIO OF WILLIAM McKENNA, NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE
There is something very strong-looking about this Victorian gent. He reminds me of one of those Victorian engineers renowned for building bridges, tunnels and ocean ships. The photographer, William McKenna, was recorded as being a "Photographic Artist" at "the corner of Neville Street, near Clayton Street West" I have found records of a photographic studio on Neville Street as early as 1864, although at that time it was under the name of C. Wilson. This particular photograph looks like it dates from the 1880s or 1890s.
Thursday, 12 October 2017
ROWING BOATS, BRIDLINGTON (c. 1982)
Strings of rowing boats in Bridlington Harbour, their names redolent of times gone by. Ron, Pam, Jim, Ada, Keith: there is even an Alan in there. And floating around within these common circles is the Duchess of Montrose - like a marine-ply aristocrat fallen on hard times.
Wednesday, 11 October 2017
YOUNG WOMAN WITH HAT - Late Victorian Studio Photograph
The photograph itself is tiny, not much bigger than a postage stamp, and some of the detail has faded away. Over the years it has acquired a patina of sepia-coated age: but still it is a delightful study of a beautiful young woman.
Tuesday, 10 October 2017
TALLY HO! EASTBOURNE (c. 1981)
We were staying for a few weeks in Eastbourne in the early 1980s and I came across the beautiful Tally Ho pub. It is now a steakhouse rather than a pub, but at least the building remains due to its Grade II listing. It was built in 1927 for the Kemptown Brewery and designed by their in-house architect John Leopold Denman.
THE ARMS OF TALBOT, SETTLE : October 2017
This was the whitewashed walls of the Talbot Arms public house in Settle. There was something about the simplicity of the lines and colours that was attractive, simple and refreshing - like a lightly-hopped Chinook beer.
APPREHENSIVE WOMAN : William Davey Studios, Islington
There is a look of apprehension on the face of this unknown woman. The photographer was William Davey (1844-1925) who was active in London in the last decade of the nineteenth and first decade of the twentieth century. He was at the Upper Street studios in Islington between 1900 and 1910, so this portrait obviously dates from that period. There is a famous family of photographers in Exeter with the name Davey and William is probably related to them, although the precise link is unclear.
Saturday, 7 October 2017
PURTON HULKS, GLOUCESTERSHIRE (September 2017)
During a walk along the banks of the River Severn in Gloucestershire we came across a series of abandoned barges and small ships that seem to have organically grown out of the riverbank. These are the famous Purton Hulks, old boats that have been deliberately sunk to shore up the fragile river bank.