Month: December 2015

Coasting: Happisburgh Low light

It’s a habit, almost a ritual. On Boxing day we go on a beach walk, blow away the cobwebs, usually at Happisburgh. This drives further back than our family now. We did the same when I was a child. My mum and dad and whoever else happened to be there on Boxing Day were all thrust into the bench seat of our Morris Traveler, someone’s lap the seat for the trembling terrier, eyes wide at the thought of the freedom, smells and sand. If there were too many children the boot space was used facing back like arse-end Charlies...

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Ghosting Hillfields

This Gallery form a collection that was part of a recent commission for Imagine Hillfields part of a larger project called Imagine. The project was and is about how we relate to our environment and how we imagine our present and future, connecting communities through research. Hillfields is an urban suburb, it is in many ways very much like the area I live in in Norwich, somewhere that has seen repeated attempts at regeneration and therefore suffers from a slightly eclectic appearance with Victorian and Edwardian sitting alongside 1960s and 1970s architecture. There are elements of the early proto-industrial...

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Lost in a Landscape: St Theobald

In 1982 we were starting sixth form, it’s an odd piece of territory that whole mid-teen bit of the timeline. One chunk of life you are used to, the uniformity and structure of school lessons ends, then there’s a summer of free fall. Suddenly everything is properly jutting out into adulthood, people you know have gone off and got proper jobs or apprenticeships being electricians and clerks, others of us were preparing for the real education of thought rather than the passing of exams, the move into A levels, weekend jobs morph into summer-long methods of torture. And as...

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Through Glass: Dartmoor

Another set of odd negatives and plates I received a while ago via a very old friend Dave Guttridge. Dave is a photographer, musician and DJ by trade and also has an interest in the past, in particular shellac and the art of the gramophone. He found these while clearing some stuff up during a house move. I believe they came via his dad, who was also a professional photographer at the photographic unit. Dave has a massive archive of his own some of which we used on the Bridewell History Wall, one day when I get round to...

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Through glass: Great Yarmouth

I’m always on the lookout for old photographs, negatives, slides and plates. In particular, the old, forgotten and unseen. The vague visual detective work involved in trying to work out when the shutter fell as much as where, it is that act of identifying with a fixed point like a post in the flow of a stream to tether up to. Glass is always special, it touches an era far further back in a lot of cases, a different and more delicate form of recording. A week or so ago a friend, Nigel Parke (of Undercover Books), came across...

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Cinema ghosts: Great Yarmouth Regal & Theatre

More from the Norfolk at the Pictures rephotography series of Great Yarmouth. There two here showing the different incarnations of the Theatre and the Regal.  The first one is the Theatre that gives the name to the now empty Theatre Street. It was demolished in 1933 and replaced with the rather lovely Art Deco Regal you see below, this in turn was demolished in 1989 and replaced by high street. It’s now a Costa, I know because I bought a flat white in the foyer of the Regal just before I took these. All copyright Nick Stone. No reuse...

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Vanishing points: The Bull Ring, Etaples

Etaples was one of the main base camps along the coast of Northern France, being a port, a lot of men, thousands of them would have disembarked here. Many more would have embarked. It was known as “The Bullring”, as were most of the base camps, but this one was the king. The name may come from the amount of “Bullshit” that dogged those men sent back from the front for some R&R, only to be confronted by bayonet training and square bashing by a bunch of NCOs and officers who arguably largely sat at the back and watched....

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