Someone asked me the other day how many pictures of Halifax I had taken over the years. I couldn’t give an answer, but it’s a lot: and that is not because I am an exceptionally prolific photographer, it’s just that I’ve been around for a good few years. Many of the subjects are repeat offenders: it’s the usual suspects – the churches, the bridges, the mills – along with some more eccentric choices, such as St Thomas and the gasworks.
It wouldn’t be possible to take a picture like these two these days – the gasworks are long gone, as is the spire of St Thomas’s Claremount. Back in the 1960s, however, I couldn’t walk down Bank Bottom without framing the church on the top of the hill within the gasworks walls. These then are two of my pictures of Halifax – I wonder how many more there are?