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.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

1789 : Beauty And A Pint

Sunset Over The Calder Valley. Looking West From Upper Edge, Elland
The perfect combination: my senses drink in the beauty of the Calder Valley at sunset as I enter the majestic Rock Tavern, Elland, to drink in a fine pint of Weaver's Bitter.



Monday, 27 May 2019

1788 : Waiting Its Turn

This old paddle mechanism is on the route of the Halifax Arm of the Calder and Hebble Canal. The canal arm has been closed for over eighty years, but the paddle mechanism still rusts in the Yorkshire sun, waiting its turn.


Sunday, 19 May 2019

1786 : How Green Is My Valley


The Hebble Brook trickles through Halifax like a shy schoolboy. 100 years ago it would have been edged with soot and grime, these days it's all green.

1787 : Fly On The Wall


A fly on the window and not on the wall. A tiny, moth-like fly, which turns out to be a miniature work of art: picked out against a Yorkshire sky.



Friday, 26 April 2019

1781 : Monkey Puzzle

MONKEY PUZZLE TREE, FIXBY, April 2019
The puzzling thing about the Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria araucana) is that it is native of Chile where there are no native monkeys at all.

Sunday, 31 March 2019

1779 : Losing The Thread

Machine, Salt's Mill, Saltaire : March 2019

I'm not sure of the name of this machine, but generations of mill workers in my family will have known it well. To them it signified toil inside a dark mill; to me it is a shape against the light.  I have lost the thread.

Saturday, 30 March 2019

1778 : Stained Glass Window


Bottles, jars and jugs piled high against a window in Salt's Mill, Saltaire. A stained glass window of infinite variability.

Sunday, 24 March 2019

1777 : Empty Pews And Shopping Trolleys

The back of the old Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Elland, taken from Morrison's car park: all empty pews and shopping trolleys. The chapel is a wonderful building, with bits grafted onto the main building like afterthoughts.

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

1776 : Pavement Puddle

Pavement Puddle, Huddersfield 5th March 2019
The weather forecast for today is sunny intervals, with heavy rain showers and great thick Yorkshire stone kerbs

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

1775 : History Sticks To The Inconsequential


Whenever I get a new camera - in this case a new Smartphone - I can't resist taking a few photographs just to see what it is like in various circumstances. The subject matter of such shots is entirely inconsequential - it is whatever happens to be there in front of me at the time. Last night, Bradford Road in Fixby just happened to be there at the time. When I look back at such "test photographs", they are always some of the most interesting from a historical perspective because of the randomness of the subject. History sticks to the inconsequential like iron filings on a magnet.