Wednesday, 25 October 2017

1640 : Archives - Dreams And Nightmares


PARK HILL, SHEFFIELD (c.1990)
I am guessing at the date of this photograph, but I seem to recall I took it a year or two before we left Sheffield and returned to West Yorkshire. Housing developments such as Park Hill were seen as dreams of the future in the 1960s, and nightmares of the past by the end of the century. Both views were over-simplifications.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

1639 : Lost And Found - Feeding The Horse


FEEDING THE HORSE
This is a new scan of an old medium format negative I acquired from somewhere or other. I am not entirely sure whether it is the horse that is been fed or the child!

Monday, 23 October 2017

1638 : Archives - Roll On, Roll Off


CAR FERRY, IRELAND (1967)
It was the late 1960s and I was on a holiday in Ireland with my parents. We were driving around Kerry and I was navigating. I remember discovering a car ferry marked on the map which would provide us with a very useful short cut. When we got there, my father stopped just long enough for me to take this photograph and then drove off at speed in the opposite direction.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

1637 : Lost And Found - Hats And Chains


LATE VICTORIAN COUPLE
This is a scan of a whole plate glass negative which was sent to me by person or persons unknown, safely packed within a plastic DVD case. There is a wonderful array of chains - holding coats together, holding purses in place - and two rather magnificent hats.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

1636 : Something New - Live And Swinging


Dave O'Higgins : Huddersfield, October 2017
Taking photographs at live events is not one of my favourite activities, but it is one I am happy to do to help out a friend. I was therefore down at my mate Ben Crosland's gig at Huddersfield Parish Church the other night for his interpretation of the Ray Davies' Songbook. This was one of the photographs from that session and it shows the excellent saxophonist, Dave O'Higgins.

Friday, 20 October 2017

1635 : Archives - The Fishy Sadness Of An Empty Gutting Shed


GRIMSBY FISH DOCKS (1988)
In the 1980s I would visit Grimsby frequently - sometimes on business, occasionally for photographic pleasure. By then the port was in decline and many of the fish docks and gutting sheds were standing empty. There was a fishy sadness about the place.

1634 : Something New - Rain And Fog


HALIFAX PIECE HALL : There will be plenty of photos of the sun shining on the ancient stones of the Piece Hall, but this is the building in its natural habitat - rain and fog.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

1633 : Lost And Found - The Anti-Moth Regiment


SOLDIER WITH A NET
There is the remnants of a date stamp on the back of this photograph of an unknown soldier and it seems to be 1933. What kind of soldier could this have been and what was he trying to catch in his net? A Tiger Moth maybe!