Tuesday, 23 January 2018

1674 : Freda, Daughter Of Emily


POSSIBLE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPH (1930s) : Someone has written on the back of this studio photograph from the 1930s : "Freda, daughter of Emily". I have no idea who Freda or Emily are, and I don't recognise the face. What is a slight cause for concern is that the handwriting is mine!

1673 : Cut And Pasted, Grand And Gruesome


BROAD STREET, HALIFAX (2018) : I am not entirely sure how this happened but, as a general rule of thumb, I find that if you continue to press buttons long enough on programmes like Photoshop, you end up with an image that is interesting. This collection of buildings - old and new, grand and gruesome - seem almost as though the have been cut and pasted onto a night view of Halifax.

Monday, 22 January 2018

1672 : When Cogs Ruled The World


BESSEMER CONVERTER, KELHAM ISLAND INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM, SHEFFIELD (1984) : There is something satisfying about cogs, something dependable; you know what fits where and what drives what. Cogs never cause trouble, rarely do they try to rule the world.

1671 : The Only Decent Place in Fixby


1912 POSTCARD, GOLF CLUB, FIXBY, HUDDERSFIELD : On the reverse of this card "G" writing to her friend Dora says, "I have had tea twice at the Hall on this Card as Miss W is a member, it used to be a private mansion. It is the only decent place in the district, I think."

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

1670 : Post-Industrial Tsunami

DELERICT BUILDING, SHEFFIELD (c1981)
When you walked around Sheffield with a camera in the early 1980s, you couldn't help but capture a story of industrial decline. The factories and workshops looked as though they had been suddenly abandoned as a wave of post-industrial change swept everything before it.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

1669 : 'Twixt Demolition And Decoration

Bradford Road, Brighouse (c.1994)
I studied this scan of one of my old negatives for a long time before I finally recognised it. It is the site of what was to become the new Sainsbury's Supermarket in Brighouse. The state of the building plot - 'twixt demolition and decoration - dates the original photograph to the early to mid 1990s.

Monday, 15 January 2018

1668 : Flats And Slopes In Sheffield

SHEFFIELD SKI SLOPES & UPPERTHORPE FLATS, 1990
Where else but Sheffield would you have found a ski slope bumping down the hillside into the midst of a high-rise Council estate? In the years since this photograph was taken, the ski village burnt down and most of the flats were demolished. There are now plans to rebuild the ski village - not the flats.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

1667 : The Case Of The Concrete Picture Frame


We've got this lovely old Victorian town hall in Halifax, designed by Charles Barry and his son Edward. So what's the best way to show it off? I know, let's construct a concrete picture frame to view it through!

Friday, 12 January 2018

1666 : Bathless In Halifax


As children, we would be bussed from our village school to Akroyd Place Swimming Baths in Halifax each week. It was a bleak place, flanked by mills and terraced houses, reeking of soot and chlorine. The mill remains, but the baths are gone.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

1665 : Statutory Trippers


These days, there is a trend amongst seaside resorts to place sculptures on the seafront to mimic day-trip times gone by. Thirty years ago, in Bridlington, such municipal memorials were unnecessary: volunteers from countless northern towns would fulfil the role.