This week I photographed about forty of my old exhibition size prints from the late 1970s and ‘80s. And the results have been surprisingly good, and a huge saving on time compared with the workload involved in individually scanning the same negatives and processing them all. The biggest problem was finding somewhere in the house to place the prints – almost all of them printed on glossy paper – where I could avoid problems with reflections. That solved, the camera was set up on a tripod and, as the exposures were on average about half a second, the shutter was released using the interval timer to avoid any blur from finger pressure on the shutter button.
So, today’s image is about 40years old and none the worse for it. It was taken in Blackburn, Lancashire. A whole neighbourhood (my wife and I think it was called Audley Range) was scheduled for demolition and re-development. The place was almost deserted, buildings decaying, many boarded up, some already demolished. I spent most of a morning documenting this area.
I was lining up this image with the warning message on the frontage of the building when I spotted a couple pushing a pram exiting on the right edge. That was the shot of the morning. A welcome slice of serendipity.