Photography Week Day 6: Raymond Mays, Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, 1924

It’s good to end the series of Photography Week with humour.

This photo, Day 6 of Photography Week is of Raymond Mays in a Bugatti Type 13 Brescia in 1924 on Shelsley Walsh hill climb. My dear Pater was a regular visitor to Shelsley Walsh hill climbs.

Photography Week Day 5: Harvest time in the Outer Hebrides, 1955 by Bert Hardy

We began Day 1 of Photography Week with a famous photo by Bert Hardy [1913-1995]. It’s a pleasure to end the week with another super photo by Bert Hardy

This photo by Bert Hardy is Harvest time on the island of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides 1955. It’s an excellent action photo, and the sky is a perfect background to the action, as is the angle from which the photo is taken. Taken in 1955, it’s evocative of the outdoor life of a farm labourer, in any time of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Photography Week Day 4: The Street Lamp, East End pub, London 1968 by John Claridge

The photo for Day 4 of my Photography Week is The Street Lamp, East End pub, London 1968 by John Claridge.

John Claridge featured as No.26 in my photos of the week. It’s good to show another of his photos. Photographers have the artists eye for shapes and angles.

Photography Week Day 3: The Institut de France, Passage Mazarine, Paris 6e, 1931 by Brassaï

Continuing with my Photography Week series, this is the Day 3 photo. It’s The Institut de France, Passage Mazarine, Paris 6e, 1931 by Brassaï

Brassaï, the pseudonym for Gyula Halász [1899 – 1984], a Hungarian emigre to France in the 1920’s, found pleasure in capturing Paris by night, and it’s seedy side, in his photos. To my way of thinking it’s a strongly artistic photo, where the openings balance one another, and the people are almost incidental.

Photography Week Day 2: Sheep to slaughter, London, 1965 by Sir Don McCullin

This is day 2 of my quiet week of blogging, and also Day 2 in my series where Photos of the week, has become photo of the day, just for this week.

Legendary photographer, Sir Don McCullin, knighted in the 2017 New Years Honours, is famous for his war photography, and for portraying the ‘gritty’ side of life.

This photo by Don McCullin, ‘Sheep going to the slaughter’ early morning, near the Caledonian Road, London, 1965, is a reminder, were any needed, that dawn and dusk are particularly fruitful times to take photos.

Photography Week Day 1: ‘Maidens in Waiting’, Blackpool, 1951 by Bert Hardy

This week will be a quiet week for blogging. As I’ve accumulated a number of photos to add to my Photos of the week, I thought that posting one a day for a week would be entertaining.

In all of the 29 photos of the week, only a few have been by a British photographer. With this photo by Bert Hardy I’m correcting that balance. Bert Hardy [1913 -1995] was a documentary and press photographer whose work was published in Picture Post magazine from 1941 to 1954. He also served as a war photographer in World War 2.

Bert Hardy’s ‘Maidens in Waiting’, Blackpool, 1951 is one of his most loved photos. In 2011, the identity of the girl in the polka dot dress became a news story, as reported in the Daily Telegraph.

A look back at this year’s Egham Royal Show

We participated in this year’s Egham Royal Show, having previously been paying guests. We entered our Honda Civic Jordan into the Classic Car Show. I say entered, the organisers accepted our entry though our car wasn’t old enough for the competition.

It was our first such experience, helped by lovely sunny weather as we sat by our car drinking tea, and grabbing food from the food stalls. Next to us was a huge American car, just 8 miles to the gallon – hmm, expensive.

Hugely popular was the Scurry Pony Racing, in which the competition was fast and furious, with the winners also happening to be the current national champions.

Here’s selection of photos, and a short video of the 2-day show.