Monthly Archives: March 2018

Ten From Halifax 10 : Counting Chimneys

View Over Halifax
VIEW OVER HALIFAX FROM GODLEY BRIDGE (1966)
Old geography school textbooks would often feature a picture of Halifax from the early twentieth century and the challenge was to count the mill chimneys.┬áBy the middle of the century – I took this photograph in 1966 – there were less chimneys to count but you had a better chance of seeing them. Now the challenge would be to find a mill chimney.

Faces In The Snake Pit

The Snake Pit

The Snake Pit : Scan of Third Party Print

Looking at this old photograph – which is one of my lost and found collection of unknown and unwanted old photographs – I was initially fascinated by the obvious narrative. It is clearly a demonstration of the venom being removed from poisonous snakes in either Africa or India, and it would appear too date from the 1930s. Soon, however, my attention was captured, not by the snakes or their brave handlers, but by the watching crowd. Every photograph, no matter how old, or how forgotten, has an endless series of other photographs within it.

The Snake Pit IEdit)