Tag Archives: Negatives

Looking Old

When I go through my old negatives looking for dating evidence, I normally focus on things such as car types, tv aerials, or even dustbin designs. Sometimes, however, a scene just “looks” old, and that is the case with this photograph of the view looking towards Shibden Valley from Beacon Hill. In fact, it looks so old, it makes me feel my age, with a couple of decades added on for good measure.

Snicket Revisited

I took this photo 40 years ago. I have taken the same scene many times over the years; and so have many other photographers far better than me. The most famous version is Bill Brandt’s 1937 “Snicket In Halifax“, which forms part of the collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art. A classic image of a classic town.

Snicket In Halifax (1937) By Bill Brandt

Negative Archives NA01/1

NEGATIVE ARCHIVES : 35mm B&W Negatives (1970) NA01/1

A strip of five negatives which I took in 1970, at the time Burdock Way was under construction. The project involved substantial demolition work, and also some upgrading to the remaining property around the Gibbet Lane area. The final two shots on the strip were taken at Northowram and feature my mother, Gladys, and my father, Albert.

The Stone Gods Of Southowram

1697 : Ten From The Archives 9 : The Stone Gods Of Southowram

STONE FIELD DIVISIONS, SOUTHOWRAM (1975)
Like monoliths placed in tribute to the stone gods that gave these parts their economic meaning for centuries, these fine flagstones have paved the finest cities in the world.  On the bleak hills of Southowram they are little more than cow-stoppers.
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