Friday, 31 March 2017

1566 : Holding Up The Market

Market Trader, Otley (March 2017)

Sometimes it is unclear whether you are holding things up or desperately trying to prevent them from flying away. But sometimes, you are just stretching your limbs after a morning selling shirts on the market.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

1565 : Tinctures Unlimited

Brimelow's Herbalist, Dewsbury (2017)

Could there be any better description of a tin-roofed, vitamin-laden, herbalist shop than "Tinctures Unlimited"? I had a sudden desire to invite tinctures into my life.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

1564 : Seeking Arcadian Aggrandisement

The Arcade, Dewsbury (2017)

There were a good few arcades in Dewsbury (the collective noun for arcades ought to be "a contentment of arcades", but it isn't). There was a King's Arcade and a Queen's Arcade; but there was one that needed no aggrandisement - it was "The Arcade". Now it needs all the aggrandisement it can get.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

1563 : So Many Lines

Kings Arcade, Dewsbury (March 2017)

So many lines. Straight lines, curved lines, solid lines, false lines.

Monday, 27 March 2017

1562 : Brass And Stone

Four Stone Faces, Cloth Hall Mills, Dewsbury (2017)

Most nineteenth century Yorkshire mill owners had two over-riding ambitions. The first was to make money ("brass" as it is known in these parts). The second was to have their heads carved in rich local sandstone and appended to their mill. Brass and stone - it should be the county's motto.

Monday, 20 March 2017

1561 : Bird On A Roof, Dewsbury (2017)

Bird On A Roof, Dewsbury  (2017)

If I were a bird I would get annoyed by people sticking spikes on everything in order deter me from finding a place to rest my weary wings. The kind of society that does that is the kind of society which sets sharp stones in concrete outside the offices of financial institutions to deter homeless people from finding shelter. 

Saturday, 18 March 2017

1560 : The High Tides Of Dewsbury

The Good Samaritan, Dewsbury (2017)

A statue of the Good Samaritan, the work of local artist Ian Judd, stands outside Dewsbury Town Hall. It seems to have been carved from local sandstone and, strangely enough, there appears to be a tide mark half way up. They must have high tides in these parts.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

1559 : Rainclouds Over Cleethorpes (1985)

Rainclouds Over Cleethorpes (1985)

Some will say that it is a poor excuse for a pier, more like a shed on stilts, but it is cold and wet out there so why bother going any further?

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

1558 : Refreshing Tenby (1991)

Tenby, Pembrokeshire (1991)

I have always thought that Tenby looks like a seaside resort should look like. Yellow sands pierced by jagged rocks, climbing cliffs, cottages painted in the colours of Barratt's Refreshers.

Friday, 10 March 2017

1557 : Garden Street, Sheffield (1983)

Garden Street, Sheffield (1983)

It takes a particularly strange sense of humour to name a street which is walled by stone and coated in tarmacadam, "Garden Street". The good folk of Sheffield have always prided themselves with a good sense of humour.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

1556 : Sheffield Skyline (1983)

Sheffield Skyline (1983)

Taken from one of the many hills of Sheffield looking down onto a skyline that is a mixture of sacred and profane.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

1555 : A Shed Load Of Adverts (1972)

A Shed Load Of Adverts : Charles Street, Elland (1972)

Try doing this with a commercial break. Try building a shed from Twitter feeds. We may live in an age where advertising headers are personalised and sidebars are intuitive - but you can't use them to build a half-decent shed to keep your pigeons in. And they talk about progress!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

1554 : Wainhouse Terrace, Halifax (1972)

Wainhouse Terrace, King Cross, Halifax  - 1972

I took this photograph in 1972 when sections of the old back-to-back houses had been demolished but other sections were still occupied. Part of the terrace - which was originally built by the dye works owner John Edward Wainhouse in 1876 - still exists today; empty, overgrown and cocooned in its Grade II listed status.

Monday, 6 March 2017

1553 : In Temporal Flight

At two, the clock chimes and the pigeons take to the air in temporal flight. At two minutes past two all is silent and the birds can resume their roost.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

1552 : Follow The Contours

When you build on steep hills you have to follow the contours. This photograph was taken from the Huddersfield Canal which follows the contours. Lost behind a wall is Manchester Road which is busy following the contours. Behind that, the houses on Bankfield Road follow similar contours. Then you have the trees: and then the houses on the suitably named Prospect Street, which surf the winding contours like a Bondi youth.

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