WOOLSHOPS CART, HALIFAX (c1967) This photograph dates from the late 1960s, before the Woolshops area was redeveloped. That’s the New Talbot Inn behind the cart and the abattoir on the left. Now it’s all M&S and TopShop.
HALIFAX GAS WORKS & BEACON HILL FROM NORTH BRIDGE (c1968) The colours in old slides and photographs fade over the years, like the memories they contain. The process is – like the patina on a bronze sculpture – unpredictable. In this case it appears to have enhanced the beauty of this scene from North Bridge.
HALIFAX IN TRANSITION – DEAN CLOUGH (c1985) I must have taken this photograph thirty or more years ago. It shows Dean Clough and All Souls’ Church. It was a time of transition, a time when mill buildings were changing from carpets to car insurance, from weaver to web.
HALIFAX PIECE HALL (2017) Luckily the 1970s plan to demolish the Piece Hall and build a new shopping centre was abandoned. After a recent refurbishment the Piece Hall is now one of the undoubted jewels in the architectural crown that is Halifax.
Ten From Halifax 1 : Wainhouse’s Iconic Tower WAINHOUSE TOWER FROM ALBERT PROMENADE (2012) What better way to get this mini-series of images from Halifax, than one which incorporates one of the most iconic shapes of Halifax. Dyeworks chimney, spy-platform, radio transmitter, architectural folly: Wainhouse Tower has been all of these at one time or another.
This is a scan of a negative which dates from the early 1990s – the last decade of negatives before I went digital. The photograph was taken in Doncaster and retains that grainy elegance that is unique to film-based images.