Monochrome Monday travels back to Merseyside in the late 1980s for a selective colour treatment.
I was photographing interesting post boxes because editors and publishers were often looking for images of typically British things and red post boxes were a regular request.
This is a Victorian post box in Abercromby Square, Liverpool, part of the University of Liverpool campus if I recall correctly. I gave it a selective colour treatment because there was very little colour in the photo apart from the postbox.
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.
A red post box in a sandstone wall at Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.
A red double-decker crosses Westminster Bridge, London, England.
This is my contribution to Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Cheer Someone Else Up.
I thought of these two photos as soon as I read the prompt. Taken at a Medieval Fair on The Square in the town of Nantwich, Cheshire.
A stallholder confirms that the underwear matches the period costume at the Nantwich Medieval Fair.
I knew the postman emptying the post box, he’s trying not to smile as we exchange banter.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Find Something Red.
One photo came to mind instantly, a freshly painted red post box in Faddiley, Cheshire, England. The chalked “Wet Paint” warning and the excess paint on the utility pole and hedge have always amused me.
The next photo that came to mind was this red Maple leaf on a Lichen covered boulder on the South Bruce Peninsula last autumn.
Then I thought about the giant red butterfly garden ornament I pass on some of my walks around the neighborhood.
Finally I thought about various red species, birds, berries and fruit and remembered this extreme closeup of a Raspberry.
This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Street Photography.
Having copied around two thousand slides over the past couple of years I went through my film archives for some street photography. I picked these shots taken at a period fair on the town square in Nantwich, Cheshire, England in the 1980s.
A South Cheshire Pipe Band drummer at the fair.
Emptying the post box on the town square during the fair.
A couple of the stalls at the fair.
Proving that the underwear matches the period costume at the fair.
One from the archives taken in Cheshire in the 1980s. A wall box is a type of post box set into a wall.
This box was set into a sandstone wall on Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England. Bickerton Hill is a low, red sandstone hill close to the southern end of a long-distance footpath known as The Sandstone Trail. The area was quarried in the past so the wall is probably built of locally sourced sandstone.
I did a selective colour treatment to leave the post box red with the rest of the image in monochrome.
Sometime after the photo was taken the post box was stolen. Removed from the wall in the dead of night I presume. Apparently there are people who collect old post boxes and obviously some aren’t concerned about obtaining them legally.