King George VI Electric Suction Sweeper

Moving to London in 1984 was quite a step for me. My worldly posessions in the boot of a friends car and £40 in my bank account. I was very fortunate to have a lovely landlady (Adams mum). The supplied hover in the furnished flat worked well despite it being 30-50 years old.

The door in the wall

I love the short story by H,G.Wells “The door in the wall”, you can read it here
Read as an allegory it touches something that was very tangible for me, since lost in the noise of life.

This side of the doorway was in Haydock, Merseyside in the early 1980s.

School show

Even Latin Masters could show their funny side when on stage at the school show.
Cowley boys school, St.Helens, later 1970s.

Holiday Camp

A gentle stroll down the beach in Prestatyn, Wales with my parents and sisters. We came across this holiday camp. It didnt look particularly inviting but things were a bit like that then. This may of course have been taken after 1984 when it was closed down and used to train police in riot control. In 2001 it was redeveloped for housing so assuming foreign holidays are something of the past we need to get re-building.

Still Point

Shot at the London Marathon in Greenwich. This image was syndicated through Getty Images in the 1990s. A straight scan of a 35mm transparency with no image manipulation.

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Haydock races

Haydock Park, horse race in progress. Early 1980s shot on Kodachrome 25.

Im not a gambler but I knew it was worthwhile taking a few frames of the scene behind me on the stands, far more interesting than the horse race.

Photographing a horse race does not need to show horses, a valuable lesson.

 

How cats got fleas

Municipal Buildings, Truro, Cornwall, 1981.

Loved my visit to Truro in the early 1980s. I was studying photography at Nottingham Trent Polytechnic and a group of us were staying at the cottage of a tutor in the County.

Came across this scene and had to take a frame. Particularly impressed that the Flea market was only 1p for entry and that went to charity. Whimsy is such a forgotten art, we need more cat shows and flea markets advertised together!

Rainy morning trip into work

Three London bus inspectors respecting each others space on the top deck, the rain rolling down the windows completes this little tableau. Taken in the mid 1980s.
I would have taken the picture because even one inspector sitting down would have been an unusual sight, they normally were seen standing up and demanding to see your ticket, but three sat down? I had to use my camera – there was no other choice.

Ilford XP chromogenic film (C41 process Black and White)