Friday, July 29, 2016

The Satisfaction Of The Dark

Around about the same time that I was bouncing political peas off the poor population of Halifax, I was also taking their photographs. This is a sequence of photographs I took at Halifax Gala in the mid 1960s. I don't know why it should be so, but old photographs mature with age, like a half-decent wine. There is something rather satisfying about these dark monochrome shots, something that cannot be reproduced by the pin-sharp, perfectly exposed, multi-pixel pictures of today.


  1. They do like mellow black and whites. Historic shots of time gone by and yet the style enhances the visit.

  2. It's a patina of graininess and light only acquired after decades of storage in old shoe boxes.

  3. I like the atmosphere these shots convey. And you have a Beatle lookalike for good measure.


Letters Patent For Artistic Improvements

According to the scrawled date on the reverse of this Victorian Cabinet Card, it was taken somewhere around the 11th November 1889. T...