Thursday, 1 July 2021

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 on their framework. It’s like an exercise in painting by numbers; where motives, emotions, and destinies are the colours available.

Home 4 : Stone And Sweat


HOME 4 : Halifax in the 1970s. Carpet mills rub sticky shoulders with toffee factories, and there isn’t a nail bar in sight. The colourful Quality Street images were for tin lids: these streets were cobbled in stone and sweat.

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

30 June 2021 : Kathleen Courtney

Kathleen Courtney was an Edwardian actress who starred in a variety of shows and pantomimes during the first decade of the twentieth century. If she had been alive now, she would have had a large Twitter and Facebook following, but given her time of popularity,  her photograph graced an endless series of Edwardian picture postcards.

29 June 2021 : Princess Street


Princess Street in Halifax was laid out at the same time as the construction of the magnificent town hall which was opened by the Prince of Wales - the future King Edward VII - in 1863. Princess Street was named in honour of his wife, Princess Alexandra of Denmark. The Mayor of Halifax, John Crossley, was responsible for the redevelopment of this part of the town.

Monday, 28 June 2021

28 June 2021 : Geometric Granny

There is something slightly geometrical going on here: a triangle constructed from sticks and shadows and a perpendicular dropped with all the resilience and solidity of a twentieth century survivor. “Granny” must have been born in the 1870s or 1880s: what a measure of history she must have seen.

Sunday, 27 June 2021

27 June 2021 : Primitive Thoughts


There were a lot of primitives in my family : my great uncle Arthur was a prominent primitive, as were the Clayton cousins before they defected to the Plymouth Brethren. This badge, I suspect, belonged to my father - who grew up a couple of streets away from the Great Horton Chapel in Bradford.

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Shibden Mess


Shibden Hall is a Grade II* listed building - you're not supposed to mess with it. I've never been all that good at sticking to rules. So I've messed it up.

Walking Snaps


I could write a book about walking snaps - that particular craze of the 1930s, 40s and 50s of capturing people walking along a holiday street somewhere near the seaside. For many, it was the equivalent of a studio portrait - obtained at a fraction of the cost. This particular "snap" captures my late father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edith and Raymond, in Bangor in the late 1940s.

Monday, 10 May 2021

Yesterday At The Shoulder Of Mutton


Yesterday I sat outside a pub and had a pint of beer (well, to be exact, I had two pints of beer). There were others sat outside the pub. We talked, we drank, we ate. What a day yesterday was! 

Saturday, 8 May 2021

A Postcard From Scammonden


I'm not sure where these colours came from. They certainly didn't come from Scammonden Reservoir. Whatever button I pressed on Photoshop has turned the scene into one of those rather bad 1950s postcards.

Heywood Chapel, Northowram


Today I am featuring a photograph of Heywood Chapel, Northowram near Halifax, which I took some fifty years ago. I have taken more recent pictures of the building and little has changed - other than there are notices in the graveyard these days telling you not to trip over uneven gravestones!

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 ...