The thing about playing around with old, lost and forgotten photographs is that it provides a vigorous workout for the imagination. It is like a well equipped gym of thoughtfulness set inside a state of the art flight of fancy simulator. You can look at a picture that stopped time a century or more ago … Continue reading Mary The Beekeeper And The Flight Of Fancy Simulator
Variety : Saphire (new variety of the classic Marfona potato) Appearance : Early main crop, smooth skin, white potato Chipability : Produce well-defined chips with crispy skin and fluffy white interiors
This was taken in Sheffield in the early 1980s. I am not entirely sure where it is, but it is a street I must have walked down, a street I must have known.
This is Fred and Hazel walking along the promenade in August 1932 (there are people out there who will recognise which promenade it is, and - in the great traditions of the internet - will tell me). George V has just opened Lambeth Bridge and Forrest Mars has just produced the first Mars Bar. Aldous … Continue reading 86 Years On The Prom
This is a new scan of a negative I must have shot some thirty-seven years ago at a Yorkshire Miners' Gala in Rotherham. It was a few months before the start of the miners' strike, and there is Arthur Scargill pointing the way. Somehow it has turned itself into a sepia print - which is … Continue reading Picture Post : Arthur Points The Way
Everybody these days seems to have a motto: some cheery little maxim that manages to condense the ethos of their organisations into a few meaningless words. On my way to the park the other day to walk the dog, I noticed that the local school was dedicated to "Aspire And Achieve" - which is a … Continue reading Perspire And Archive
This is a studio portrait, dating from 1913, of the German theatre and movie actor, Harry Walden. He was born in 1875 in Berlin and - following a period in the army - became an actor: first of all in the theatre and then from 1912 onwards in the German film industry. His end was … Continue reading Tragic Harry
Scarborough Harbour (September 2018) Taken from Scarborough Harbour, looking south. The magnificent facade of the Grand Hotel can just be seen in the background above the masts.