Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Daily Calendar : 1-6 July 2023


This is possibly a photograph of my Great Uncle, Albert Burnett and his wife Rose Ellen. It was part of a collection of old photos that came to me via their daughter and her step-daughter. I have no hard evidence it is them - but I rather like to think it is.

A Foggy Day In Sheffield, 1983. The original was a monochrome negative of mine from the early 1980s, at the time we were living in Sheffield. It was short on detail but long on atmosphere. The colour was added last night.

Shad Thames, London : A photograph from my London days, back in the 1970s. The main focus of the photograph was the Anchor Brewhouse (at the time, the Courage Brewery), but some attention-seeking bridge photo-bombed the composition.

I have currently 92,225 images in my Lightroom Catalogue. That may sound like a lot, but it is only just over an average of three photographs a day throughout my lifetime. I used a random number generator to pick one for today's calendar and it came up with this 2007 photograph taken in Lanzarote (Image No. 87,774).

Had a visit from my good mate, jazz bassist and composer Ben Crosland yesterday. We talked of old times and new plans and he shared with me some of the recently recorded tracks from his upcoming project. By half chance, I came across this photo I took of Ben playing at the Marsden Jazz Festival twenty years ago. Where does time go?

A random choice from my vintage postcard collection provides me with a subject - the socialist writer and campaigner, Robert Blatchford. He was immensely influential in the early days of the British Labour Party and was one of the co-founders of the Clarion Newspaper. Sadly, in his later life he "turned" and described himself as a "Tory Democrat" Like me he spent the formative years of his youth living in Halifax. I, however, have not yet "turned"!

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