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 and let your mind sketch […]
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 Huxley has just published Brave […]
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 rather fitting perhaps.
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 comforting declaration as otherwise I […]
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 tragic: he became addicted to […]
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.