Thursday, 3 December 2020

Concentration

 

Carte de Visite : Studio of Harold Brown, "Artist & Photographer", Jamaica Road and New Kent Road, London (Colours by Photoshop Neural Filters)

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Monday, 9 November 2020

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Gog Hill


Gog Hill in Elland, one of oldest roads in the town, now in a sad and sorry state. The little houses that clung to the hillside are long gone although the mill at the bottom remains.

Friday, 9 October 2020

The Colours Of Autumn


 As a child, all I wanted to do each Autumn was to kick the leaves that littered the pavements. As an adult - if that is not a claim too far - all I want to do is to pick the leaves up, take them home, and scan them! The colours are like something from a kid's paint pot. Once scanned and magnified, you have an image that might be a photograph of the sun's surface, or it might be a fallen leaf on a fast-track to death.



Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Smile Or No Smile


You wouldn't want to cross this woman! Granted, she pre-dates photographic smiles, being part of an era where a fixed expression was the best guard against a blurred image. However, you get the feeling that she doesn't do smiles. Smile or no smile, it's a grand image: a fine example of the photographers' art from 130 years or so ago. It comes from the German studio of Emil Buhler who was active as a studio photographer in the last two decades of the nineteenth century.

Monday, 5 October 2020

Daft Moss

 

 

This is a rather strange image which does its best to defy categorisation. It started as a bit of moss on top of a wall, which was then captured through a microscope. The resulting image had a bucket-full of colours digitally poured over it. The shapes and patterns that emerged are quite satisfying in a daft sort of way. There is no great meaning, however: it is just an image.

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Monday, 21 September 2020

1000 IMAGES : 2 Royal Visit

 

ROYAL VISIT (c1951)

It is easy to imagine that this royal visit was by the British Royal Family, but, in fact, it is Queen Juliana of the Netherlands along with the two young princesses, Beatrix and Irene. Just how the photograph made its way into my collection, I have no idea.

1000 IMAGES : 1 Barnsley

 

VIEW FROM CRANE MOOR LOOKING NORTH TOWARDS BARNSLEY

When you think of Barnsley you might not immediately think of green pastures, rolling hills and wooded glades. If that is the case, it may be time to think again: this metropolitan borough contains scenery that any locality would be proud of.

Monday, 14 September 2020

Lowry In A River

LOWRY IN A RIVER, WEST VALE, SEPTEMBER 2020

Now Lowry is hung upon the wall
Beside the greatest of them all
And even the Mona Lisa takes a bow
This tired old man with hair like snow
Told northern folk it's time to go
The fever came and the good lord mopped his brow
And he left us matchstalk men and matchstalk cat's & dog's
He left kids on the corner of the street
That were sparking clogs
Now he takes his brush and he waits outside then pearly gates
To paint his matchstalk men and matchstalk cat's & dog's

MATCHSTALK MEN & MATCHSTALK CATS & DOGS Burke/Coleman 1978

Thursday, 10 September 2020

The Whole, Neatly Furnished



"The new Cemetery is situated in Lighteliffe Road, and contains an area of about nine acres. The frontage towards the above-named road is enlosed with a atone wall and also ornamental wrought-iron railings, and has two wells for water, one for domestic purposes, and the other for the use of cattle..... The buildings include the Lodge and two Chapels. The former is situated on the left hand side of the entrance, and is a new and plain building in the gothic style of architecture... The Chapels are placed on the summit of a natural eminence in the midst of the Cemetery, and form a simple, but not ineffective group of buildings in the geometrical gothic style of architecture. They are surmounted in the centre by a tower about 65 feet high. In the tower is a door leading into the porches, and from there into the Chapels, which are finished inside with open temple roofs, boarded. There is also open benches for seats, and the whole neatly furnished".   BRIGHOUSE NEWS 8 AUGUST 1874

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Ford


"With more than 2,000 fords in the UK, chances are you'll come across one at some point. It may seem like a simple short-cut – after all there’s a road running through it – but that doesn't mean the river is always safe to cross at a ford or watersplash".  The Automobile Association


Sunday, 6 September 2020

Thirty Images Hath September 6


 

Back Row: Enoch Burnett, Wilf Sykes, Harry Moore / Middle Row: Harriet Ellen Burnett, Kate Beanland, Albert Beanland / Front Row: Amy Sykes, Gladys Burnett (Roger Burnett), Annie Moore. 1943.

Saturday, 5 September 2020

Thirty Images Hath September 5


This is a photograph of Castle Hill in Huddersfield I took just ten years ago in September 2010. The photo is a bit of a Photoshop fake, artificially aged to look more ancient than it is. The castle is a bit of a Victorian fake, artificially aged to look more ancient than it is. By contrast, as my aching limbs tell me each morning as I get out of bed, I am genuinely old.

Friday, 4 September 2020

Thirty Images Hath September 4

 


I took this photograph at a Halifax Charity Gala in the mid 1960s. I was probably still at school when I took it, still living in the shadow of geometry diagrams where you had to calculate angles. At the same time I was preparing for a job I had managed to get as a photographer on the local newspaper. As it turned out, I had calculated wrong, not understood all of the angles, and the job fell through. The cyclist, I am glad to say, didn't.

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Thirty Images Hath September 3

 


During the latter part of the nineteenth century, the northern industrial towns were involved in intense competition to construct the most ornate and  grandiose civic buildings. This was the era of the Town Hall Wars, when Aldermen would meet in civic chambers to plan buildings with even more columns. even more ornate clock towers, even more decorative panels, than could be found in the neighbouring townships. If only they had access to Photoshop, they could have saved their ratepayers a fortune. This is Morley Town Hall with its unique quadruple clock towers and matching eight stone columns.

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Thirty Images Hath September 2

 


So there is this lake and there is this park bench, and either the lake isn't where it should be or it's the park bench that is out of place. What else can this be but a photo opportunity? This particular opportunity was somewhere in the Lake District, back in the 1980s. My thanks to my two models who braved the watery elements.

Monday, 31 August 2020

Thirty Images Hath September 1

 


Image of an unknown woman from a Victorian Carte de Visite from the Liverpool Studio of Brown, Barnes and Bell. So many of these 19th century portraits are minor works of art, things of beauty that do not require any knowledge of, or connection to, the sitter. There is great deal ofd honesty about these early photographs: compare and contrast with the filter-heavy selfies of the modern era.

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Nice Shapes


Just messing with images and colours and settings: and seeing what comes up. A couple from an eighty year old photo with shades eliminated to reveal just shapes. Nice shapes.

Monday, 20 July 2020

Power To The People


Elland Power Station used to sit on the floor of the Calder Valley like a mucky residue, creating black shapes against a grey sky. It's been replaced now by a bright business park; all very clean and the slightest bit boring.

Saturday, 18 July 2020

Dead Flower Head


A dead flower head. The stem and leaf thinks it's in the peak of health, but the flower has crumpled into a shadow of its former self; like a deflated brown paper balloon. On some of these mornings, I know how it feels.

Friday, 17 July 2020

The Leaving


It can't have been much more than four months ago when I took this photograph. We were on a boat about to leave Antigua. They were on another boat, also leaving Antigua. We waved to each other saying goodbye. Little did we know what we were saying goodbye to.

Thursday, 16 July 2020

Wheel Of Fortune


The Cleethorpes Ferris Wheel is hardly a "big wheel" and it seems to balance precariously on the sands rather than dominate the seafront. It is, however, a wheel of fortune, that has watched the changing fortunes of this Humberside town over many decades.

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Hamburger Bar


Cleethorpes in the 1980s: out of season and tired. Back then, colour seemed as absent from the persona of this seaside town as meat did from the hamburgers at the burger bar. Everything looks a lot brighter these days; colour is back - long may it stay.

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Three On A Boat


We can't do smiles like we used to. Despite our endless ability to preen ourselves in front of app-laden mirror lenses, we could never match the enigma-rich smiles of this unknown trio, captured on a Bristol Channel paddle steamer in the 1920s.

Monday, 13 July 2020

Shapes


I think this is York and I suspect this is a bit of York Minster in a contest with the gable ends for visual supremacy. The photograph must date from fairly late in my monochrome days - late eighties or even early nineties - and it demonstrates that nothing does shapes like a black and white photo.

Sunday, 12 July 2020

The Power Of Genetics


You know the kind of thing: it is Sunday morning and you have nothing better to do, so you start the photographic equivalent of doodling. You find a photograph of your father taken when he was about 72, which, by chance, is your age right now. You take a selfie and merge the two images to see what you will get and you are suddenly reminded of the power of genetics. The past and the present stare back at you. 

Note to my son: in forty-odd years time feel free to merge your portrait into the composite. Note to my grandson: in seventy years time .... etc etc.

Friday, 10 July 2020

Roof & Sky




One of the photographs that nearly went into my surrealism submissions for this month's Three Cameras Project, but somehow it wasn't quite surrealistic enough. One can almost imagine this building clinging to the side of a local hillside. Your imagination is hardly stretched, your credulity is hardly exercised.

Friday, 29 May 2020

Overflowing With Green


There is so much vegetation around at the moment - fields and hedgerows seem to be overflowing with green. Maybe nature is getting ready to replace the modern dinosaurs, once the virus has done its worst.

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Old Age


Another in my series of high-resolution scanned flowers. I think this was an orchid at one time in its life, but now it is old and withered, a little twisted, and well passed its prime. It is old age. I know what it's like.

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Grandeur Without Guilt


Yesterday, I went for a socially distanced walk with my son in the grounds of Wortley Hall, Sheffield. This magnificent eighteenth century stately home has, for the past half century, been owned by the British labour and trade union movement, and used for meetings and residential courses, as well as being made available to the general public as a venue. A beautiful setting for a gorgeous walk: grandeur without guilt.

Monday, 25 May 2020

Structure And Strength

BRIDGE OVER THE CALDER, ELLAND

A gentle River Calder glides by the angular ferocity of a twentieth century concrete flyover. One is all ripples and curves, the other structure and strength. If that river is enraged, however, we know to our cost, it will sweep away all before it.

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Welsh Poppy


When you've rearranged all the books on your bookshelves, watched all your box sets, re-indexed your memories, and there seems nothing left to do .... you can always scan a Welsh Poppy.

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Blue Anchor Bikers


An old family photograph which must date back to the mid 1930s. The man in the photograph is Charlie Pitts, I am not sure about the woman next to him. It was taken in Blue Anchor, a village in Somerset, when my parents were on a motorbike holiday with Charlie and his lady friend.

Friday, 22 May 2020

Castle Hill


Castle Hill in Huddersfield: There have been settlements here for more than 4,000 years and numerous hill forts and castle have stood on top of the hill. The current tower dates only from 1899, when it was erected to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Sun, Song And Stone


When the sun is shining, the birds are singing and the power cables are humming, can there be a finer place in the world than West Yorkshire. In this case, the fields and farms above Greetland, near Halifax.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Signs Of Division


These old parish division markers have been gathered together in a local park. They tell of days when localities were divided by poverty, and local Board of Guardians would endlessly seek limit the boundaries of social responsibility.

FOUND 1 : Walking With Confidence

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