Sunday, 29 April 2012

1044 : Heading For May

Another picture of Sheffield back in the 1980s - from the same negative strip as yesterday. I should leave these snow scenes behind as we are now heading for May. And for followers of my News From Nowhere Blog, this shot is "heading for May" in another sense, as one of those rows of lights in the distance will be Burngreave Road where May Chambers lived. I will drive down there in a couple of hours time and see if No. 99 still exists. Hopefully the snow will be long gone.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

1043 : Snow And Grain

Sheffield in the 1980s. It is that combination of darkness and light, snow and film grain, that make me fond of this shot I took some thirty years ago.

Friday, 27 April 2012

1042 : Shaw Lane Now

My second shot of Shaw Lane in Halifax was taken towards the end of last year and, as you can see, little has changed. The mill machines may have gone, but the buildings still survive and, I believe, they are listed and therefore protected from demolition. Stone is a great survivor.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

1041 : Shaw Lane Then

I took this photograph in Shaw Lane, Halifax, back in the late 1960s or early 1970s. At the time Holdsworth's Shaw Lodge Mills were still producing textiles and as you walked down the cobbled streets you could hear the machines clattering away. Tomorrow I will return to this scene as it appears now.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

1040 : Still Life With Jug

The photograph was taken in the 1960s and as far as I can remember it was on a bit of wasteland at Lightcliffe, near Halifax. I have a feeling that my brother lays claim to having taken this particular shot, but it was on my camera, on my negative, and is now on my Blog - so it's mine pal!

Thursday, 19 April 2012

1039 : Sun, Sea And Spa

Just back from Scarborough and over the next few days I will feature some of the photographs I took. This shows the Spa Complex and the magnificent Grand Hotel in the middle distance. The Spa has just had a multi-million pound makeover which doesn't seem to have extended to the sun-bathing pavilion in the front of the photograph. Judging by the weather over the few days we were there, it can afford to wait for a little longer yet.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

1038 : Black and White Shot

This is Sheffield again and therefore it must be the 1980s. I am not sure why all my pictures of Sheffield seem to be snow scenes. With the snow and the dark passages, this is very much a black and white shot.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

1037 : Proximity In Monochrome

I have a feeling that I took this picture in Stocksbridge, which is a few miles north of Sheffield. It will date back to the 1980s but I doubt whether much has changed today. The big industrial building behind the houses is the steelworks, part of which is still open. It is the close proximity of the rural, the domestic and the industrial that stands out.

Friday, 13 April 2012

1036 : Before Supermarkets Ruled The World II

This photograph was taken at the bottom of Woolshops, Halifax, back in the 1960s. Behind the cart you can see the New Talbot Inn which was demolished in 1979 when the whole area was redeveloped. Where the cart once stood you can now find the usual retail suspects.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

1035 : Before Supermarkets Ruled The World

Another of those shots looking down over Halifax from the top of Godley Cuttings. I must have taken dozens of these over the years, I keep being attracted back to such a scene of industrial force set against the hills and moors of West Yorkshire. I suspect that this must have been taken in the mid-1970s : the new flyover is in place but the land under North Bridge has still to be cleared in preparation for a concrete wave of sports centres and supermarkets.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

1034 : Player's Please

I took this photograph of jazz at the Head of Steam in Huddersfield ten years ago. Just behind the piano player is an old advertising sign which says "Player's Please". They did.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

1033 : The Eyes Of Gorgon

Back again after a short Easter break and back with this photograph I took back in the 1960s. It was taken in Halifax and I think that is the old Mackintosh factory of Bailey Hall in the background. It is that pair of windows, staring out from the smoke-black stone like the eyes of Gorgon, that I love the best.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

1032 : A Different Pair

I seem to be stuck with an pre-Easter cooling tower theme. Today's pair were in Sheffield, cuddling up close to the M1 motorway. They are now gone and will probably soon be replaced by a municipal sculpture of a pair of cooling towers. The demolition site in the foreground is now the Meadowhall shopping centre.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

1031 : The Serendipitous Power Station

Looking down over Elland to the power station which is now long gone. Over the last thirty years or so, the negative has acquired a sepia tone which was probably due to me not fixing it properly. Serendipity, I think. 

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

1030 : Real Snow

The Meteorological Office has forecast snow for later today. But it won't be real snow; it will be half-baked twenty-first century stuff, too thin to spread on a slice of toast. Now back in the 1980s we got real snow, layer upon layer of the stuff. I took this picture outside our house in Oxford Street, Sheffield. I would like to claim that it was the path outside our house that had been cleared with such care, but alas, it was the next door neighbour.

Monday, 2 April 2012

1029 : Return To Lochinver

I took this photograph at Grimsby Fish Docks in the mid 1980s. For some reason I was attracted to the Fish Docks in that decade and would frequently visit there on misty mornings. There was something always slightly exotic about the place - or maybe that should be something slightly fishy. These old fish boxes seemed to sum it up.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

1028 : Snow On The Hills

This was taken in Sheffield about thirty years ago. I will be driving up that same road later today when I take The Lad back to Sheffield. Although it is a bright sunny day outside at the moment, the Weather Forecast is warning of "snow on the hills" within the next day or two.

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