Monday, 21 September 2020

1000 IMAGES : 2 Royal Visit



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



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


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


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


"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.

FOUND 1 : Walking With Confidence

  FOUND 1 : The joy of found photographs is that, whilst they provide a visual superstructure, you are free to construct your own backstory ...