It’s quite a while since I posted an image from my Print Archive, so here’s another one for you from 1972.
Actually I should qualify that statement – the original image was taken in 1972. At the time I was working as a junior doctor (House Physician to give it the correct title) to a Cardiologist at Northwick Park Hospital near Harrow, North London. The Hospital was newly built – a giant concrete monolith that was both a district general hospital as well as having a wing dedicated as a clinical research centre. The image comes from one of the inter-connecting corridors.
It was a demanding job working within a tight-knit team. The cardiac unit was not only an acute ward for emergency admissions but also admitted patients for investigations including catheter studies with a view to bypass surgery at Harefield Hospital where the well-known cardiac surgeon Magdi Yacoub worked. The great man regularly visited our ward to discuss patients pre-surgery. My job was exacting, but also it was a six-month period that I look back on with considerable nostalgia. Every time I travel by train to London I pass by the hospital that looks very little different now from how it did forty years ago.
Back to the image. The image you see above was ‘created’ around 1980 during a period when I did quite a lot of work with lith inter-negatives. The left side of the original image was used – copied twice onto lith film and then one copy flipped and overlapped to create the symmetry that you see here. This was one of my successes – the image being accepted for the RPS International Print Exhibition in 1981. Those were the days….
To read more about how I breathed new life into my old print archive, click on this link: New Life for Old Prints, or click on Print Archive in the Category section of the Rt sidebar.