Tuesday, 10 December 2019

1838 : Loose Cannon


This is Union Street and Cannon Mills in Great Horton, Bradford: a photograph I must have taken sometime in the 1980s. The cars date it, of course: as well as the minor detail that everything to the right of the street has now been demolished.

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Friday, 29 November 2019

1836 : A Wet Day In Manchester

We went to Manchester and walked along the Rochdale Canal. The water seeping up through the stone sets mingled with the water streaming down from the sallow sky.

Monday, 25 November 2019

1835 : A Foggy Night



A cold and wet night: fog keeps the light from the street lamps close to home, rain shines the footpaths, a bus stop looks forlorn.


Tuesday, 19 November 2019

1834 : Anchor Bridge, Brighouse


The canal in Brighouse flows under Briggate, encased in a stone-sided artery. For over 250 years it has brought life-blood to the town, and even in retirement, it still brings beauty.



Monday, 18 November 2019

1833 : Mill, Church And Car Park

An old mill, loomless and quiet; a church spire, bell-less and orphaned; and a busy car park: Halifax on a wet Sunday afternoon.



Monday, 4 November 2019

1832 : Fireworks At The Wes

There is something quite captivating about fireworks: no matter how many times you have witnessed their extrovert performance, their momentary ostentatiousness, you are still drawn to them. This particular display was at Almondbury Wesleyans Cricket Club last night. A cracking good night.


Monday, 28 October 2019

1831 : Walk On By


Looking at fine buildings in Halifax can be a bit like looking at paintings in the National Gallery, you get drawn by the famous and casually walk passed what would be excellent in other contexts. How can I have walked by Lord Street Chambers for seven decades without noticing them?

Thursday, 24 October 2019

1830 : Memories


I have so many memories of the Plummet Line Hotel, you could probably fill the old Tap Room with them. Back in the 1960s the family of one of my first girlfriends ran the pub. I remember going to the folk club that used to meet in one of the upstairs rooms. Memories, memories, memories.


Wednesday, 23 October 2019

1829 : Light And Airy


There has been a greengrocers under the clock in Halifax Market for as long as I can remember - and that, I have to admit, is an increasingly long time. These days it is all colourful, light and airy: my earliest memories are of something darker and gas-lit.


Tuesday, 22 October 2019

1828 : A Filter Or Two Of Colour


It was a bit of a grey day when I took this photograph and therefore I left it up to my mobile phone to add a filter or two of colour. It does it far better than I could do.

Monday, 21 October 2019

1827 : A Woollen Prism


The wonderful Halifax Industrial Museum has a loom set up for weaving the moquette fabrics that were used for the seats on buses and trams. The multicoloured threads stretch from the rack of bobbin holders to the loom itself, and the Autumn sun illuminates a woollen prism.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

1826 : Crocodile-Linked Clouds


Like crocodile-linked children on a day-out from school, clouds make their way up the Menai Straits, trying to decide between a visit to Puffin Island or ice-creams on the pier at Llandudno.

Monday, 14 October 2019

1825 : Mist To A Slate Mountain


There would have been a time when this was one of the grandest houses in the North Wales City of Bangor: imposing, eminent, verging on opulent. Now a sadness clings to the building: like mist to a slate mountain.

Friday, 4 October 2019

1824 : Girl On A Concrete Wall


I spotted this girl who had been stencilled onto a concrete wall in Civitavecchia, Italy, a couple of weeks ago. There is something rather appealing about her - especially in the way parts of her seem to be peeling away from the concrete.

Monday, 26 August 2019

1822 : Thistle Floss


Thistle Floss, Bradley Road. Just waiting for the slightest of breezes to send it on its way.

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Sunday, 11 August 2019

1818 : Second Hand Serendipity

Second Hand Shop, Prescott Street, Halifax : Alan Burnett (2015)
There is a delightful serendipity about the objects that end up in the window of a second hand shop. All human life is there - available at a bargain price.

Saturday, 10 August 2019

1817 : On The Way To The Rock

The Calder Valley From Upper Edge Elland  (Alan Burnett - and Photoshop!)
The Calder Valley seen at its very best - on the way to the pub!

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

1816 : Hopes Still In Place

Yorkshire Miners Gala, Doncaster (1982) : Alan Burnett

The Yorkshire Miner's Gala parade through Doncaster in 1982, a couple of years before the famous Miners' Strike. The faces are still confident, the hopes still in place.