Sunday, 31 December 2017

1658 : A Cheeky Schoolboy Of A Bridge


Bangor has a grand pier, a pier that protrudes out into the Menai Straits with all the forceful exuberance of a cheeky schoolboy sticking out his tongue at the world. It goes so far across the narrow straits, it seems to aspire to grow up to become a bridge.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

1657 : Timeless Classic of Frome, Bath & Yeovil



The Victorian photographer, John Bell, promised "photography in latest styles" on the reverse of his classic carte de visites. There is, however, something timeless about the face featured on the front of the card.

Friday, 22 December 2017

1656 : The Grainy Elegance Of Doncaster


This is a scan of a negative which dates from the early 1990s - the last decade of negatives before I went digital. The photograph was taken in Doncaster and retains that grainy elegance that is unique to film-based images.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

1655 : Fifty Shades Of Sheffield Grey


Another Sheffield shot from thirty-five years ago: days when fifty shades of grey was an effective description of the inside of a factory.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

1654 : The Fat Cats Of Post-Industrial Sheffield


This scan of one of my negatives from thirty-five years ago captures a part of Sheffield that "was on the turn". Kelham Island still had the scars of industrial times gone by, but post-industrialism was on the way and the Alma Hotel had already turned into the Fat Cat.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

1653 : Glowing With Civic Pride


Cartwright Hall in Bradford looks magnificent in the winter sun; the stone seems to glow with civic pride. Built in 1904 as the centre-piece for the Great Bradford Exhibition it is now home to Bradford's Art Gallery and the new David Hockney Gallery.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

1652 : Two Women And An Analytical Engine


Two unknown women travel down the years to take a look at the twenty-first century. They find themselves looking out from a screen attached to the front of one of Mr Babbage's Analytical Engines. Who would have thought it!

Sunday, 10 December 2017

1651 : The Nature Of Elland From The Point Of View Of A Particle Physicist


"It is a matter of intense debate amongst mathematicians and theoretical particle physicists as to whether it is possible for any three dimensional object to have just three edges. It is clear that none of the participants involved in such discussions have ever been to Elland - for Elland has just three edges: Hullen Edge, Lower Edge and Upper Edge".
1904 Picture Postcard Of Elland 

Thursday, 7 December 2017

1650 : Sculptured Crossing

Mankind has been crossing the Hebble Brook to get from Halifax to Bradford and Leeds for 750 years. Each time they build higher and sleeker and by 1971 - when I took this photograph - they had created urban sculpture amongst the dark, decaying mills.

Monday, 4 December 2017

1649 : Locked Together Up Cromwell Bottom


These four photographs seemed to fit together. It was partly that they were neighbours on the same strip of negatives, and partly that they were all taken at Cromwell Bottom Lock on the Calder and Hebble Navigation some 25 years ago. They are, you could say, locked together.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

1648 : Building Antigua


THE BUILDING WORKERS, ANTIGUA, NOVEMBER 2017 : It was bad enough walking down the street in Antigua; the heat drained your energy, your clothes stuck to your sweat-drenched back. Imagine, however, working on a building site in that heat.