Monday, 29 January 2018
INCH BEACH, KERRY, IRELAND (1967) : I must have taken this photograph 50 years ago when we were holidaying in Ireland. The author of this whitewash doggerel is unknown, and it is probably best that it remains so. Some of the words are stolen from Robert Frost, but whoever stole them left all the style behind.
Thursday, 25 January 2018
PRINCESS STREET & HALIFAX TOWN HALL (c1966) : I must have taken this photograph 50 years ago and looking back on it now, the thing that immediately stands out is the blackness of the stone. Now it has been cleaned and washed and the industrial history of the town has been bleached out.
Tuesday, 23 January 2018
POSSIBLE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPH (1930s) : Someone has written on the back of this studio photograph from the 1930s : "Freda, daughter of Emily". I have no idea who Freda or Emily are, and I don't recognise the face. What is a slight cause for concern is that the handwriting is mine!
BROAD STREET, HALIFAX (2018) : I am not entirely sure how this happened but, as a general rule of thumb, I find that if you continue to press buttons long enough on programmes like Photoshop, you end up with an image that is interesting. This collection of buildings - old and new, grand and gruesome - seem almost as though the have been cut and pasted onto a night view of Halifax.
Monday, 22 January 2018
BESSEMER CONVERTER, KELHAM ISLAND INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM, SHEFFIELD (1984) : There is something satisfying about cogs, something dependable; you know what fits where and what drives what. Cogs never cause trouble, rarely do they try to rule the world.
1912 POSTCARD, GOLF CLUB, FIXBY, HUDDERSFIELD : On the reverse of this card "G" writing to her friend Dora says, "I have had tea twice at the Hall on this Card as Miss W is a member, it used to be a private mansion. It is the only decent place in the district, I think."
Wednesday, 17 January 2018
|DELERICT BUILDING, SHEFFIELD (c1981)|
When you walked around Sheffield with a camera in the early 1980s, you couldn't help but capture a story of industrial decline. The factories and workshops looked as though they had been suddenly abandoned as a wave of post-industrial change swept everything before it.
Tuesday, 16 January 2018
|Bradford Road, Brighouse (c.1994)|
I studied this scan of one of my old negatives for a long time before I finally recognised it. It is the site of what was to become the new Sainsbury's Supermarket in Brighouse. The state of the building plot - 'twixt demolition and decoration - dates the original photograph to the early to mid 1990s.
Monday, 15 January 2018
|SHEFFIELD SKI SLOPES & UPPERTHORPE FLATS, 1990|
Where else but Sheffield would you have found a ski slope bumping down the hillside into the midst of a high-rise Council estate? In the years since this photograph was taken, the ski village burnt down and most of the flats were demolished. There are now plans to rebuild the ski village - not the flats.
Sunday, 14 January 2018
Friday, 12 January 2018
Thursday, 11 January 2018
These days, there is a trend amongst seaside resorts to place sculptures on the seafront to mimic day-trip times gone by. Thirty years ago, in Bridlington, such municipal memorials were unnecessary: volunteers from countless northern towns would fulfil the role.
Tuesday, 9 January 2018
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Friday, 5 January 2018
Thursday, 4 January 2018
Tuesday, 2 January 2018
Monday, 1 January 2018
Some old black and white photographs strip away all the detail and leave you with nothing but shapes; like a silhouette made by cutting holes in white card which is held against a dark background. I took this photograph of Crookes Valley Park in Sheffield in the early 1980s. Nice shapes.