Thursday, 1 July 2021

FOUND 1 : Walking With Confidence

 


FOUND 1 : The joy of found photographs is that, whilst they provide a visual superstructure, you are free to construct your own backstory on their framework. It’s like an exercise in painting by numbers; where motives, emotions, and destinies are the colours available.


Home 4 : Stone And Sweat

 


HOME 4 : Halifax in the 1970s. Carpet mills rub sticky shoulders with toffee factories, and there isn’t a nail bar in sight. The colourful Quality Street images were for tin lids: these streets were cobbled in stone and sweat.

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

30 June 2021 : Kathleen Courtney


Kathleen Courtney was an Edwardian actress who starred in a variety of shows and pantomimes during the first decade of the twentieth century. If she had been alive now, she would have had a large Twitter and Facebook following, but given her time of popularity,  her photograph graced an endless series of Edwardian picture postcards.


29 June 2021 : Princess Street

 


Princess Street in Halifax was laid out at the same time as the construction of the magnificent town hall which was opened by the Prince of Wales - the future King Edward VII - in 1863. Princess Street was named in honour of his wife, Princess Alexandra of Denmark. The Mayor of Halifax, John Crossley, was responsible for the redevelopment of this part of the town.

Monday, 28 June 2021

28 June 2021 : Geometric Granny


There is something slightly geometrical going on here: a triangle constructed from sticks and shadows and a perpendicular dropped with all the resilience and solidity of a twentieth century survivor. “Granny” must have been born in the 1870s or 1880s: what a measure of history she must have seen.

Sunday, 27 June 2021

27 June 2021 : Primitive Thoughts

 


There were a lot of primitives in my family : my great uncle Arthur was a prominent primitive, as were the Clayton cousins before they defected to the Plymouth Brethren. This badge, I suspect, belonged to my father - who grew up a couple of streets away from the Great Horton Chapel in Bradford.

FOUND 1 : Walking With Confidence

  FOUND 1 : The joy of found photographs is that, whilst they provide a visual superstructure, you are free to construct your own backstory ...