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Monochrome Monday

Early one Sunday morning

Monochrome Monday travels back to the very early 1980s. I was one of the field testers of a new black and white film, Ilford XP1. It differed from conventional black and white film in that it could be processed in the same processing line as colour negative film.

I went for a walk around central London early one Sunday morning as part of my testing of the film. This is the Houses of Parliament from the South Bank of the River Thames with some light mist over the river.

Monochrome Monday: 9th March 2020

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A Photo a Week Challenge

A Photo a Week Challenge: Red

When I read the prompt for Nancy’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Red I remembered digitizing some slides recently and thinking how good they would be for a Red prompt.

However I have completely forgotten what those photos were of. So I started thinking about the colour red and thought of British post boxes and double-decker buses in London.

 

Selective colour treatment of an old post box.

A red post box in a sandstone wall at Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Red Double-decker

A red double-decker crosses Westminster Bridge, London, England.

 

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On the Hunt for Joy Challenge

On the Hunt for Joy: Count Chimneys

This is my contribution to Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Count Chimneys.

Over Christmas I started making digital versions of the slides in my archives. I had previously digitised around 1,500 key slides but there are about 15,000 in my archives. I am currently about halfway through the process.

So a selection of English chimneys photographed in the 1980s from my archives.

An interesting old stone chimney on the corner of Eastgate Street and Bridge Street in the historic centre of Chester, Cheshire.

On the Hunt for Joy: Count Chimneys

 

A soon to be demolished chimney on a former small pox hospital north of London.

On the Hunt for Joy: Count Chimneys

 

Chimneys on some historic buildings on The Square, Nantwich, Cheshire.

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Count Chimneys

 

Some chimneys in north London during a severe hailstorm. The “speckled” appearance of the storm clouds is falling hail.

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Count Chimneys

 

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Cee's B & W Photo Challenge

Red Double-decker

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Public transportation (bus, planes, trains, etc).

You may wonder why the title is Red Double-decker when it’s a black and white challenge. It’s because this photo of a red London double-decker bus on Westminster Bridge in front of the Houses of Parliament came to mind straight away. I decided to go with a monochrome conversion with the bus picked out in spot colour.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Red Double-decker

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Tuesday Photo Challenge

Tuesday Photo Challenge – City

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge: City.

The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben through some light mist from the south bank of the River Thames in London, England.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: City.

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A Photo a Week Challenge

A Photo a Week Challenge: View

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: View.

I decided to go with a selection of views from some of the places that I have lived in over the years.

Georgian Bay shoreline at sunset. Georgian Bluffs, Ontario, Canada in the mid 1980s.

Georgian Bay shoreline at sunset.

Mist at sunrise. South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada last year.

Rising sun through mist

Storm clouds over Lake Huron with Chantry Island on the horizon. Southampton, Ontario, Canada in the 2000s.

Storm clouds over Chantry Island and Lake Huron.

Quaking Aspens reflected in a slough. Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada in the 1990s.

Autumn colour and reflection.

Autumn leaves in the mist. Hatherton, Cheshire, England in the 1970s.

Autumn colour in mist.

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from the south bank of the River Thames. London, England in the early 1980s.

Early morning on the South Bank.

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Archives

The South Bank one Sunday Morning

One from the archives taken early one Sunday morning on the South Bank of the River Thames in London, England in the early 1980s.

I was living and working in north London at the time, running a photo department during the week and shooting a variety of personal work at the weekends. Early one Sunday morning I headed down to Westminster with my tripod and camera bag.

There was a light mist over the River Thames which added to my decision to shoot black and white. Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament were partially obscured by the mist, adding to the atmosphere.

I used my Olympus OM1 loaded with Ilford FP4 which was my regular black and white film.

Early morning on the South Bank.