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Clueless.
And not just about photography.
These were some of my first attempts with a camera. I was after something romantic, picturesque, maybe in the manner of
Frank Sutcliffe. He'd done good stuff further up the coast in Whitby, but decades earlier and with more primitive equipment.
I didn't realize at the time this was the last of it, the very edge of Frank's world. He would have recognized the barges, the rough hairy ropes and faded paintwork, the bulwarks and rotting timbers, the ancient brick, the grim grime of a working river.
My old lecturer thought they were 'good student photographs', that is, nothing much to tell your mam about. It was a pedestrian everyday scene, something we took for granted and I'd got the light readings right that was all.
Neither of us knew what was drifting away from us at the time.
Looking closely at the Kodak negatives that made these images all you can see are clumped, blotchy lumps of mangled chemical colours. Only when you draw back do things begin to make sense, not for film the pin sharp, antiseptically cruel world of perfect squares of pixel capture. Older film is more like a glance that holds the grabbed image as an imprecise memory. It's not as sharp, it's softer, letting the imagination fill in the gaps.
The river has changed, it's been cleaned up, sanitized, we live in a digital age.
I should have taken more while I had the chance - a lot more, I mean like everything.
'You don't know what you've got 'till it's gone', as the singer said.

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EXHIBITION  The River we once knew
At the HIP Gallery Hull
June 2 - June 24

PREVIEW Friday June 2 starts 6.30pm.
Everyone welcome

A study of the River and her people 1971

Black and white photographs of the streets,
bars and faces of the city from the same time accompany these four River Hull images

If you worked the barges or were from a family who did, we would love to hear from you

Rosie Millard will open the show and there will be readings and stories from Vicky Foster, Audrey Dunne, Michelle Dee and Alec Gill.

See the other pages in this section for more stories and photographs of Hull

For HIP Gallery location and opening times
use this link: HIP


Colour photograph of the river Hull 1971.

The river we once knew River Hull 1971


Colour photograph of the river Hull 1971.

Barge crowded waters River Hull 1971


Colour photograph of the river Hull 1971.

The working river River Hull 1971


Colour photograph of the river Hull 1971.

The start of a day River Hull 1971


As far as I can discern these are the names of the barges in the photographs.

The river we once knew

Outside right think a low barge Bowdale? Then Leeds Neptune Leeds Venus Leeds Jupiter Leeds Aurora
 

The working river
 
Inyx Derwent maybe one of them Lysbeth Leeds Satellite East of ….
 

The start of the day
 
Invincible.C. Humber Princess (man on board) then is this right Firelitie?





















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