A few years back a load of stuff got left outside our house from a house clearance. I managed to rescue a Sydenham familie’s photo albums from the 70s. Mostly the pictures are crap photographically but together there’s a certain Britishness to them. After watching the Mariner’s Children video ‘It Carved Your Name Into The Ground’ by Betsy Dadd, I thought I’d do this with all of them and eventually put them to music I suppose. For now here is a gif.
So some of you know that I’m in the fortunate position to be helping out Howard Grey: the dad of my friend Camilla who I met at Moving Brands. He’s a photographer with a lifetimes work and I’m helping him archive it all. So- lots of scanning, cataloguing, and eventually displaying his work. It ranges from historical journalism type stuff, to portraiture, to model shoots, to fashion, to advertising and corporate work- there’s a massive breadth and amount of material and it’s a real joy to be able to peruse and dig out gems from someones life’s work. Every day is like a treasure hunt. I’m beginning the process of designing and creating a website and blog where you can view the sort-of-archive that it’s becoming. (I say sort of because it acts as more of an edited reference for the physical collection/archive which is where high quality prints and scans would be taken from when the need arises.)
This is a nice one I dug out from today. It is from a shoot for the Association of Building Societies. The man shown is a carpet fitter and this was shot at the end of 1969. People that know me will understand that this man’s style is what I aspire to, I have a bit of a thing for the Fred Dibnah look.
Saw this. There’s got to be some kind of process or something to be derived.