Wednesday, 16 May 2018

1733 : Ten From Spain 5 : A Lingering Smile


Years and years of sun, gusts and gusts of wind, and the occasional rain that has strayed down off the plain have had their effects on this church carving - but that glimmer of a smile still lingers on.

Monday, 14 May 2018

1732 : Ten From Spain 4 : The Spanish Flag


If ever Spain decides it needs a new flag, they could do worse than an angled white building set against a stunning blue sky.

Friday, 11 May 2018

1731 Ten From Spain 3: Transparent Signs


Whilst the rain in Spain might stay mainly on the plain, the sun gets all over the place. Through the orange trees, through the terracotta urbanisations, even through the roadside signs themselves.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

1730 Ten From Spain 2 : Crystallised Yachts


Turn your back on the concrete blockhouses and you see something very different. The blue sea merges into the blue sky and black-masted boats crystallise where they meet.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

1729 : Ten From Spain 1. Sunny Geometry


There is something about the new bits of Spain: it's all surfaces and straight lines. It is like they have been designed using just a handful of instruments from a child's geometry set - on the day the pair of compasses went missing.

Friday, 27 April 2018

1728 : Ten From The Seaside 10 - To The Next Wave


Like the sea itself,  closeness to the seaside comes in waves: childhood, parenthood and so on. That intimate knowledge of sand, plastic buckets and salty sea-spray can only be experienced through the eyes of the young. Here's to the next wave.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

1727 : Ten From The Seaside 9 : As Constant As Sea And Sand

Donkey On The Sand At St Annes (Photo By Frank Fieldhouse, 1941)
The seaside has been a constant since the first day excursion train set out from the first industrial town on a bank holiday Monday. As constant as work and play, sea and sand. This photo features my auntie, Miriam Fieldhouse, during a wartime holiday in St. Annes-on-Sea.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

1726 Ten From The Seaside 8 : Cleethorpes Palette

I didn't take all that many colour photographs back in the pre-digital days, but this is a rare one taken at Cleethorpes in the mid 1980s. Even with a colour film loaded, you didn't need an extensive palette in Cleethorpes.

Monday, 23 April 2018

1725 : Ten From The Seaside 7 : Donkeys On The Sands


Donkeys On The Sands, Skegness, c.1982 : It's as British as marmalade on toast and malt vinegar on chips: donkeys on the sands. How many times have foreign invaders been driven back from  the coast by a cornet-carrying child mounted on a dapple donkey?

Friday, 20 April 2018

1724 Ten From The Seaside 6 : Paint Cleethorpes

Cleethorpes Pier : c.1982
Basic ingredients for a British seaside holiday : a pier, some sand, a bucket, and a palette full of grey paint. Any resort: paint the Humber estuary, paint Cleethorpes.