While out on a PhotoWalk with the guys a few weeks ago we ended up near the railway station. It brought back memories of summer 1960 when I was allowed to go trainspotting with my older cousin.
I can remember climbing up the sloping part of the bridge supports and standing on the top (clutching my notebook and pencil) to get a view of the trains entering and leaving the station.
This was the path that led to what was known as the “Birdcage” it gave a wonderful view over the tracks and the engine shed, and in 1960 there were still many steam trains running. The engine shed has long since gone and graffiti has replaced the occasional chalked message pledging allegiance to the local football club.
The images were taken with my Minolta X700 on Kodak Tri-X, developed in Kodak D76.
Well not on this visit, just popped in for a coffee with the PhotoBuddies. I haven’t actually been to a production yet at the “Curve” theatre in my home city, mainly because they have been putting on musicals, and that’s a sure way for me to fall asleep, which is embarrassing for me and whomever I’m with. Give me a good play, Shakespearean, modern or classic and I’m wide awake !
I had the Minolta X700 with me loaded with Kodak Tri-X, and took a few quick shots in the theatre foyer.
I’d forgotten how good Tri-X could be, it has been a few years since I last used it. The lens on the Minolta (the only one I have) is a 28 – 70mm zoom and not really rated, but I was pleasantly surprised at the results.
On the last but one PhotoWalk with my photo buddies I wanted to have a look at the factory where I started my very first job on the 4th of August 1969. I was taken on as an apprentice Lithographic Printer at Hodgkins-Millar & Co, with a weekly wage of £5-0-3d. Looking at the building seems it to have taken on new and varied uses !
The car at the bottom of the driveway in the picture is where I would park my Francis Barnett motorbike. After the first week of work I wanted to go back to school, loading an A1 size press with heavy art paper was hard work, not to mention the many paper cuts on my hands, they gave me a pair of linen gloves so that I didn’t mark the paper with blood from the paper cuts. Needless to say I stuck it out but within 3 months I was working for a different company as an apprentice Litho Platemaker (a step up).
The view looking across the road. It was always an industrial part of the city, with plenty of old shops, characterful pubs, and Victorian factories, not so much today, the pubs and shops have been demolished and the area is a bit rundown. I took the photographs on my Minolta X700 using Kodak Tri-X, a film I haven’t used for many years.
My helpers, supervising my work this morning.