That great English Institution the Pub has been going through some difficult times these past forty years.
I’ve managed to get out with the camera today. A little place out of town has had its Annual Armed Forces Day. I took the dog. It’s like a summer fete but here with the emphasis on celebrating our Armed Forces. I thought I might get a “Make Love Not War – See driver for Details” car sticker but not a chance of it. I went a couple of years back so I pretty much knew the kind of shots I was going to get and was looking for. Still I’m always open for the unexpected and basically whatever catches my eye. In my notebook list of things to look out for I have t-shirts. I’m drawn to the odd t-shirts that people wear and slowly building up a bit of a collection of t-shirt photos. I asked this young lady and her parents If I could take a picture, stressing I wanted the t-shirt and not the girl’s face. I wanted to protect her identity. I wanted a generic t-shirt shot but I love the way the girl’s smile is repeated in the curve of the writing “I’ve got” and the top line of the square. Yeah I’m rather pleased with this image.
That Flickr feed on this Blog ? Those images. They’re not mine. Either someone has infiltrated my Flickr account or as I said previously it’s got it’s knickers in a twist. I guess I’ll have to delete the link from here and input it again or go on to Flickr and do it that way. Sometimes I wish they were my images but then others I’m glad they’re not. Don’t get me wrong they’re very nice images, the sort you can print and put on your wall. They don’t challenge anything and they don’t compromise anything. They’re nice !
In the meantime here’s one from the Archives
Over the next few months I’m going to strive to bring you some photographers you may never have heard of. I’m going to start with three British photographers who are particular favourites of mine with no apologies for the black and white examples shown here. I’m not going to give you a biography of each one because a) I’m lazy like that and b) there’s plenty of information on the Web for you to research yourselves. Homer Sykes and Ian Beesley have recently had work published with the wonderful Café Royal Books while Vanley Burke can be found on his own website. Enjoy !
I’d like to think Victorian photographer Frank Meadow-Sutcliffe would approve of my Whitby Hen Night photo. More often than not we photographers follow in a strong tradition whether we realise it or not.