This is a joyous photo. I have no idea who the people are, but they are striding away from the Marine Bathing Pavilion in Margate. At a guess, we are in the late 1920s, although, again, I can't be sure about that. What we can be certain about, however, is that they are having a great time.
Tuesday, 7 April 2020
If you are locked-in, socially isolated, tired of twiddling your thumbs: what better to do than to go searching for photographs. You can't get out, however; so the search has to be conducted from the safety of your desktop. You don't even need a stack of pictures: old photographs have layer after layer of art locked up within them. All I know about the original picture is that it was taken in 1928 somewhere in South Devon. I have no idea who the various subject of this photograph are - but that doesn't matter: we are in search of patterns and pleasing images rather than family history.
Saturday, 4 April 2020
Four golfers enjoying a day out. The date of the photograph is difficult to work out: it could be anytime between the mid 1930s and the early 1950s. For reasons best known to themselves, they seem to be wearing their raincoats the wrong way around - perhaps it's a golfing thing.
Sunday, 12 January 2020
Monday, 18 November 2019
Three photographs from an album of photos and postcards from India in the 1930s. They come from a family album which was put together by my wife's uncle, Jim Carthew, and has been kindly lent to me by his granddaughter. I am slowly working my way through the album, scanning the photographs as I go. The three today must have been taken in that part of India or Afghanistan where Uncle Jim was stationed when he was a soldier in the 1930s. From the rather indistinct captions, the first one is a photograph of a tea server, the second is a dancing girl and the third is the local postman. More from the same album will undoubtedly follow.
Monday, 19 August 2019
Photo trouvée : noun - an image found by an artist and displayed with no, or minimal, alteration as a work of art.
I'm no artist, but I could put together a pretty good case to suggest that this is a work of art. In the best traditions of "objet trouvée", I found it amongst a pile of old and forgotten photographs. I know not when or where it was taken, or who it features; but it drips with meaning, and is infused with art.
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
This photograph comes from a collection of old photos bought as a job lot on eBay for less than the price of a pint. I am a great fan of the novel "Sweet Caress" by William Boyd, and as soon as I saw this photograph I thought of Amory Clay, the heroine of that fine book. Boyd himself is an enthusiastic collector of anonymous photographs and "Sweet Caress" is richly illustrated with them. If there is ever a second edition of the book, I will be happy to contribute this fine photograph.