Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Bolton Abbey - antique postcard

A mint postcard without a date published by Frith and Co in Reigate. This is a beautifully composed image with the stepping stones on the left leading the eye into the picture plane and curving to the right towards the ruined facade. The shadows on the right the eye downward to a dark rock in the foreground and back to the viewer. The reflections in the water are beautifully captured. Bolton Abbey has a website. It seems the stepping stones are still there albeit replaced with some newer concrete blocks.

Speaking of Francis Frith, check out the picture of him on Wikipedia looking very dudely in his travel gear.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Old Postcard - Eton College, Windsor

From 1905 and it was sent from Beatrice in Torquay to Miss M. Aggett also in Torquay.

The boys are standing around the quadrangle looking very nonchalant and relaxed in front of a presumably very obvious and perhaps quite large photographic set-up. The squashed up text on the bottom right reads: Windsor & Eton (G.W.R.) station. The days of steam!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Even more old postcards from Blackpool


These are the final two postcards in my collection of Blackpool. Both are sepia with hand-coloured details in rather fluorescent colours. The Imperial Hotel looks very trippy with it's neon windows!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

More old postcards from Blackpool



 Sorting through some computer files I came across some more postcards from Blackpool. The top one is interesting. I can't imagine there was much opportunity to take aerial photography in the first decade of the 20th century. The detail is great.

The lower one shows the New Promenade with the tower in the background.







Friday, July 9, 2010

Old postcard - Ben Lomond from Luss

A gorgeous composition, but I've never really been sure if that cloud is real or a clever studio technique. Indeed the whole of the background looks a little 'assisted'. I love it anyway.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Old postcard - Scotland, Loch Awe Hotel and Ben Lui

Someone stayed here in summer in what looks like 1912. X still marks the spot.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Old postcard - Blackpool, stormy night

Another scene of Blackpool, this time stormy and at night. I'm packing a suitcase already. Like splashing waves, nocturnal scenes are popular in early postcards and not just city neon either. Scene like this a quite common. One can only imagine what was going through the photographer's mind to go out and get a picture like this. There seems to be much rivalry amongst the early postcard photographers to show off their skill in capturing difficult to photograph conditions and sublime landscapes.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Old postcard - Blackpool, looking north

Blackpool from another vantage point and in rather different weather than the last post. Splashing waves are a postcard theme about 100 years ago. Maybe it was the camera skill needed to catch the spraying waves (not easy even now) that made them so popular. It's hard to imagine a scene like this acting as good marketing for a holiday resort, but the experience of nature, rather than a good tan, seemed to a large reason for visiting such places at that time.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Old postcard - Blackpool, looking south



 An old handcoloured photographic postcard from about 1905. Folk are out and about on a reasonably sunny day at the English seaside resort. The tide is out and the streets are so uncluttered. This shot is elegantly composed the pink dress in the middle of the three walking ladies leads the eye into the picture-plane beautifully.


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Loch Fyne Herring Fleet 1903 - old postcard

The use of light in this composition is so wonderful. The negative shapes of the boats against the rippled water of the loch creates drama. There is wabisabi, and there is tension.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Old Postcards - from my collection





Not an megalithic post, but some old postcards from my collection. I am fascinated by photography from the 19th century and early 20th century. It it the medium by which I can most easily time-travel backwards and connect with what I'm seeing. Stepping back into the era before photography, into an era of engravings and paintings is like stepping across a void into a world that fascinates me but which is so much more of a leap to comprehend; a more silent place.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Another Nine Standards drawing

Nine Standards study. Aquarelle on watercolour paper. 15cms x 10cm 2002.

Megalith drawing.


Rainbow pencil on paper 50cms x 70cms 2005.