Wednesday, 27 August 2014

1218 : Off To The Seaside

AA16.72 : Pier 39, Cleethorpes Scanned 35mm B&W Negative. Circa 1990

Off to the seaside. Back soon.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

1217 : Shall I See You As A June Day?

AA16.68 : Matlock Bath, Derbyshire Scanned 35mm B&W Negative Circa 1990
Shooting the countryside in monochrome film is a bit like writing a sonnet using only words of four letters or less. "Will I see you as a June day, You are more nice and fit as well ...."

Thursday, 21 August 2014

1216 : Clinging To The Contours

AM05.37 : Upperthorpe, Sheffield Scanned 6x6 B&W Negative. Circa 1984
This photograph was taken from one of those "streets in the sky" featured in yesterday's post. The vantage point is long gone, but those brick streets climbing up Walkley Hill are still clinging to the contours. Indeed, The Lad lives in one of the houses you might just manage to see in this photograph with the help of a magnifying glass and a good supply of pixels.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

1215 : From Brutalist To Anodyne

AM05.35 : Kelvin Flats, Sheffield Scanned 6x6 B&W Negative Circa 1984
The now-demolished Kelvin Flats in Sheffield were just at the bottom of the road where we lived. At the time they were famous for their "streets in the sky"; later they were christened "brutalist" and demolished with little fanfare.  They were replaced with anodyne boxes : safe and solidly boring. Such a shame that architecture seems to have abandoned the challenge of public housing.

Monday, 18 August 2014

1214 : Like Coalite - Once Familiar, Now Gone

AA16.31 : Sheffield Skyline Scanned 35mm B&W Negative. Circa 1984
Sheffield skyline - black and white with grey in between. Memories of the past - like Coalite - once familiar, now gone.

Friday, 15 August 2014

1213 : Harbour Colour

2014.08B.24  Bridlington Harbour  Scanned 35mm Colour Negative.  Circa 1987
Occasionally within the five hundred and fifty shades of grey that is the exciting volume which is my negative archive, there is a splash of colour. Just a splash : up north we have learnt to use our colours sparingly.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

1212 : Filter And Fudge

2014.08A.35 :  Bikes  Scanned 6x6 Negative Circa 1982
Sometimes with old negatives, you look at them again from the perspective of 30 years and think "there's a photograph in there somewhere". So you dig, you excavate, you filter and you fudge. But the photograph never really emerges.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

1211 : Escape

2014.08A.21 : Fire Escape - Scanned 6x6 B&W Negative Circa 1976
Is it any wonder that people wanted to escape such places?

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

1210 : Off Home

2014.0811.08  Off Home  Scanned 6x6 B&W Negative. Circa 1984
It might be morning, it might be evening. It might be Sheffield steel, it might be Grimsby fish. They might be workers or they might be stray passers-by. But there is something in the stance, something about the set of their limbs, something which says they are "off home".

Sunday, 10 August 2014

1209 : Grimsby Fish Docks

2014.0808.29 : Fishmonger, Grimsby Scanned 35mm B&W Negative. Circa 1985
Grimsby Fish Docks. Fish-heads piled in bins, manna for a thousand sea gulls. The thick taste of salt in the air, the last trace of ice in the gutters.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

1208 : Brick Writing

2014.0808.24 : Railway Warehouse Scanned 35mm B&W Negative. Circa 1983
Early digital fonts - brick writing.

Friday, 8 August 2014

1207 : The Compass Point Jury Is Still Out

2014.08.09 : Park Hill Flats, Sheffield. Scanned 6x6 B&W Negative. Circa 1983
Park Hill Flats. In the 1960s I was taken on a tour of them by City Councillors and they proudly pointed to where the future was. And then they fell out of favour, polarities switched and they pointed to the past. Now they are Grade II listed, refurbished and student-centred. The compass point jury is still out.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

1206 : Mud, Posts And Cleethorpes

2014.0806.25 : Mud, Posts & Cleethorpes - Scanned 35mm B&W Negative Circa 1983
There is no doubt a meaning to all those posts that break through the estuary mud like knotty pimples on the face of a teenager. Such a meaning is lost on a passing seagull.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

1205 : Sat Thinking

2014.0804.10 :  Bench Man In Flat Cap  Scanned 35mm B&W Negative. Circa 1983
Sat thinking. Flat cap protecting care-bald head from the sun. Thinking about life - or thinking about the runners and riders at Catterick in the 3.45. Sat thinking.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

1204 : The Luminosity Of Sheffield Diamonds

2014.0804.07 :  Crookes Valley Steps. Scanned 35mm B&W Negative. Circa 1983
Light is magic. It can turn black into white. It can take a soot-encrusted stone and transform it into something with the luminosity of diamonds. It can transform a mucky old stone staircase into something rather beautiful.

Monday, 4 August 2014

1203 : Slowly Degrading Into Old Masterdom

2014.0804.09 : Fishing In Crookesmoor lake. Scanned 35mm B&W Negative. Circa 1983
I have a theory : as old negatives degrade, as the emulsion splits and the grain disintegrates, they morph into paintings. Details fade and shapes and lines emerge. Who knows? The Mona Lisa might have started as a smartphone photo taken by some middle aged Yuppi and then slowly degraded into old-masterdom.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

1202 : Part Film, Part Photo

2014.0802.14 : Fairground Roundabout  Scanned 35mm B&W Negative, Circa 1967  
Life is like that sometimes. Some of it in sharp focus whilst other things are a blur of movement and change. Part realism, part impressionism. Part film, part photo.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

1201 : Back Street With Rabbit-Ear Chimneys

2014.0802.01 : Back Street With Chimneys Scanned 6x6 B&W Negative Circa 1973 
Enough stone to fill a quarry. A back street that leads from nowhere to nowhere else. Two rabbit-ear chimneys pointing skywards with conceited pride.

Friday, 1 August 2014

1200 : Iron Picture Post

2014.0801.10 : Footbridge in Halifax - Scanned 35mm B&W Negative. Circa 1970
Iron posts protecting a footbridge from anything but feet.

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