There is a three-part novel’s worth of expressions and body language going on in this old photograph from my Lost And Found collection. For him, there is a kind of proprietorial pride about what is most likely a new motor car. For her it is far more complex; but that proprietorial pride is reflected in her expression but with […]
This tiny studio portrait was taken at Buckley’s Studio at Regents Square, Blackpool on the 28th August 1916. It is highly likely that this is a young lass from one of the northern towns visiting Blackpool for a Bank Holiday treat. A day out at Blackpool and a holiday portrait to save all your life – what better treat could […]
WITH BEST LOVE FROM THE FADING PAST There is something wonderful when old photographs fade, so that the person almost merges into the background like a memory merging into time. I have no idea who this lady was, but she has written on the back of the photograph, “With best love”.
The Man With The Unenhanced Beard (1890s) This Victorian Cabinet Card from the studio of John Leslie Thomas Shawcross of Blackburn had been touched-up by the photographer in order to enhance the gentleman’s beard. I have digitally removed the enhancement to restore it to its natural beauty.
ETHEL WITH THE LONG FACE The 1930s saw a high point in studio portrait photography : sandwiched between the stiff poses of the Victorian era and the self-obsessed postures of the Selfie age. I have no idea who Ethel was, but she sent love down the decades along with her photo.
THE PICTURE WITHIN 3 : THE FADED LIFEBOAT My first thought was that there was a problem with the print – some fading, scratching, taring or the like. The “problem”, however, is with the wall of the pub where layers of public house archaeology are on display.
The Picture Within 2 : The Presentation THE PICTURE WITHIN 2 : THE PRESENTATION The entire print shows some kind of presentation taking place and there is the hint of a photographer on the right. However, it is the couple comparing notes that look real, look relaxed and look worth recording for posterity.
The Picture Within 1 : Berets And Frowns THE PICTURE WITHIN 1. BERETS & FROWNS Within each good old photograph there generally is another good photograph waiting to get out. This is from a photograph from the Charles Gordon Palmer album which is captioned “Taken at the Garth – May 1934”
Lost Frier Of The Ball’s Pond Road VICTORIAN CARTE DE VISITE : STUDIO OF R FRIER, LONDON An almost classic Victorian studio shot from the studios of a photographer called R Frier of Ball’s Pond Road in North London. I have not been able to find anything about Mr Frier or his studio. It is such a same that there […]