19:22 Southbound & The Third Man

“In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed. They produced Michaelangelo, da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock”

(Harry Lime: played by Orson Welles, The Third Man)

The best part of winter is the early, cold windy nights that draw in very quickly here in the UK.

I love the night time in a major city such as Manchester. Street signs and window displays light the gloomy wet paths and direct you round this Victorian jungle.

It is also a great time to capture people going about their worlds in a film noir atmosphere.

Manchester is full of old buildings that in the dark give off a sense of claustrophobia and dread, as if they peer down on you in disgust from their high rise arrogance and compel you to the shadows of the cobbled streets below.

At night it reminds me of the dark street scenes from the classic Noir “The Third Man” a wonderful comical film that is not as entertaining as it is shocking, once you find out what Harry Lime has been up to.

Stop to look at a metro station in Central and you are transported to that Vienna feel of gothic undertones and religious intent at one side of the platform.

And on the other a 21st century social update bringing you subtly back from nostalgia.

Yes, Manchester at night can easily be mistaken for the set of The Third Man.

Of course you have to be in the right place and time to transport back to old town, and it is fare to say you could be anywhere and find yourself on your favourite movie scene.

So look up, you never know what you might find….. Old Man.

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Infectious Smiles & Ice Creams

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Chilling out in the warm bank holiday evening sun. Luisa clocked my camera. We chatted for a moment about the Yashica and photography in general before I plucked up the courage to ask for a portrait.

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Luisa was great fun to photo. She has a wonderful flirtatious personality and a glowing smile that made working with her very easy. Definitely fast witted and funny by far. It was a delight to spend time chatting to her whilst she sold ice creams to the happy crowd.

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The Lost Carnival
June 2016

Yashica 635
Ilford HP5 120mm F8 1/125
Epson V550

Hangin’ Out With The Krays

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As long as you give respect you get to drink with East London’s Finest.

Taken with a Yashica 635
Ilford XP2 400
Scanned from negative using Epson V550

Fast Food for a Jilted Generation

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Simple food made for peanuts, costing small fortunes in prime locations. Wheeled into place and powered by Calor magic. Old traditions do last centuries.

 

Tower Bridge, London.
FujiFilm X20.

Rush Hour Flu

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Friday 5pm London Bridge. Just in time for the weekend.

Yashica 635. Kodak Portra 400. 120mm

@therealpeaky

Bumped into the music artist that is Peaky whilst walking around the market square in Camden Town, London.
We exchanged artistic tastes, cd’s and pictures.
An awesome guy with great underground rap lyrics, I was glad he stopped me for a chat.
Look him up…. and donate a few quid to his efforts in making it to tour Japan.

Find out more at:

soundcloud.com/peaky

twitter/ig: @therealpeaky

youtube.com/peakytv
Taken with a Yashica 635 TLR
Kodak Portra 400. 120mm.

2 Down, 8 Across

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5pm Friday in the business district of London is always busy. Thousands of people rushing away from the big smoke and heading towards the weekend so they can forget their rat life ways.

It’s a stressful time trying to get the tube and fighting your way through frustrated behaviours.

And through all this congestion a simple moment of calm she sits in full view whilst staying hidden.

Maybe she had time to kill.
Maybe she had nowhere to go.
Maybe waiting for the next bus, just to get a seat.

No-one cared to ask.

Or maybe, 2 Down, 8 Across was just too much of a challenge to give up now.
Yashica 635. Kodak Portra 400 ASA. 125/sec F8.

Chester Swing

Chester Swing, Unamused Shopper

I love the age old tradition of street performers. There is something magical about a person making a living entering you whilst you shop.

I went to Chester to pick up a few items. (If you are unfamiliar with the city. It dates back to Roman times and still has the outer walls standing. It was developed in the Tudor times and the city has been almost untouched since. It is a fantastic historical wonderland and well worth a visit).

I have recently been shooting street only on film with my Yashica 635 TLR. It’s an amazing camera that seems to attract a lot of attention. It’s been fun working out how to shoot quickly and silently.

Getting back to the image. As I walked through the busy streets there was the sound of 1920’s Jazz floating through the crowds that drew me in. A women in her 20’s, dressed in period fashion was delighting the passers by with her Charleston.

She captured the moment brilliantly and keep me in gaze for two or three songs.

I took the opportunity to kneel down and wait for her to pass my viewfinder before passing her hand with silver coin and exchanging our love for all thing vintage.

Her performance made my day and I know (because she told me) being photographed by my camera made hers.

Turn any street in old England and town and you will find interesting people eager to entertain.

The End Of The Silver Screen & Busking

The Futurist

This is one of the last great examples of early purpose built cinema architecture left in the UK and even if the rest of the building cannot be saved. The facade should. Sometimes the cost of keeping something so unique may seem unrealistic and keeping up with the times is the best option. However that is the sort of thinking that has left most towns and cities losing their character. Liverpool is a leading example of retaining it’s original architecture and the Futurist should also be saved. It would be the only early cinema in the city and with the right money, love and care could become the centre piece of Lime Streets redevelopment.

Think of it like this….. When this cinema was built. The golden age of the silver screen was still a unique experience for many. People sat together in pure comfort and warmth. They laughed together, cried together, became scared together and fell in love with their fav film stars together.

No other building holds so many historic moments and has told so many stories than a cinema.

Keep the Futurist for the next generations, let them enjoy her proud stature. Let them wonder about her past.

There is still time to save her. Please make the right decision. Keep her standing and telling stories.
(Followers. Please help. No matter where you are in the world. If like me you have a fondness for nostalgia take a moment and sign the petition to save this building.

<a href=”https://www.change.org/p/save-the-facade-of-the-former-futurist-cinema-building-lime-street-liverpool&#8221; rel=”nofollow”>www.change.org/p/save-the-facade-of-the-former-futurist-c…</a>
Thank You )

Salford (Rex) Cinema & a Pin Hole Kodak

Salford Cinema

Beginning life as a church (1864) The church closed and the building was radically altered and a cinema license was obtained in 1912.

The exterior is quite ornate for such a small cinema with the front and part of the side tiled in decorative terracotta tiling with ornate round windows with carved laurel leaves and swags. There is an ornate balustrade along the top with a cupola temple structure above a corner entrance. The words “Salford Cinema” are carved on a half circle ornate pedement at the middle top of the frontage.

The cinema changed hands in 1921 and again in 1937 when the name was changed to the Rex Cinema (even though “Salford Cinema” was clearly carved in the pediment.

The cinema suffered from the advent of television and the slum clearances which had taken most of the customers form the area. The Rex Cinema closed as a cinema in 1958 and lay empty for some time until 1967 when it opened as a bingo hall.

The opening ceremony was performed by actress “Violet Carson” better known as “Ena Sharples” from the soap opera “Coronation Street” who was also a one-time cinema pianist in the silent days.

The bingo stopped in 1985 and the building has come full circle and reopened as the New Harvest Christian Fellowship, a Gospel Church. The Rex has been designated as a Grade II Listed building.
I came across this cinema whilst driving around trying to find a car park for the hotel we was staying at a year ago. Being on a cross road it popped out and the Salford Sign had me hooked. I wanted to capture the building in a retro form and decided to come back with a vintage camera. Shooting through an inch of glass that is reflecting upside down is hard work yet very rewarding. I love how this old camera still takes pin sharp pin hole shots even to this day. Taken using a 1924 Kodak Brownie and Fomapan 100 ASA 120mm Film.