Photo of the week No.17: Piccadilly Circus in Coronation Year by David Boyer

Here’s another David Boyer photo, of Piccadilly Circus in 1953, Coronation year. Is it me, or are the photos of the pre-digital era more colourful. Is it due to the time developing a photo in darkroom of times past, and is this better than time spent with Photoshop?

I don’t know the answer since I’ve never developed a photo in the pre-digital era. The recent photos in my Photo of the Week by Ted Dearberg and David Boyer seem to me to prove that the darkroom produced more pleasing saturated images. But hey, I know that Photoshop has the facilities to manipulate colour saturation.

Anyway, back to the David Boyer photo. The striking red of the London Transport buses stands out, as does the coronation decoration of the statue of Eros and buildings in Regent Street. The Daily Mail records Prince Philip’s views of what happened in 1953. The photo is a lovely piece of nostalgia.


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