Large footwear in monochrome…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘subsellium’ – a misericord.
‘Misericord’ – a bracket on a turn-up seat in a choir-stall allowing the infirm some support when standing. Yes, I always take advantage of a handy subsellium when in church.

Here is a black and white photo of mine from, I think the 1980s or early ’90s.
A chap I knew who ran a trendy style alternative clothes and footwear shop started having traditional wooden working clogs made again, but for the punks and goths to buy. The design was updated with extra detail, and the clogs were made in brightly coloured leathers. Look at those hefty screwed-on rubber soles and steel toe-caps! Don’t they look great?
He asked me to take a few photos for his promotional material and this is one of them. I used a wide-angle lens (24mm) so that I could get the clogs large in the picture and keep those nice girls in focus too. These pictures were my only venture into the world of fashion photography…
Oh, and the river you see in the background is the muddy River Hull which runs through the middle of this fair city.
When in my youth I had an unpleasant, but brief, spell working at the ice factory on the Hull Fish Dock, a couple of the old chaps working there wore clogs, but theirs had, instead of rubber soles, iron ‘horse-shoes’ nailed on them. They really clanked about as they moved the blocks of ice around the steel floor of the place.

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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8 Responses to Large footwear in monochrome…

  1. Priya says:

    I’ve had a fascination for the punk style. Not so much goth; but these girls look very presentable indeed. You’ve taken a good picture, Dave.

    • Dave Whatt says:

      My Dear Priya, thank you! I think it is good for kids to do a bit of dressing up when they have the opportunity – they have all the rest of their lives to be drab and conservative!

  2. I bought some ‘proper’ clogs from t’ proper clog manufacturer in Hebden (Bridge) was starting to go through trendification. I thought I would like rather chic. I didn’t, so stopped wearing them. Eccentric yes, trend-setting? chic? Definitely not.

  3. Snoring Dog Studio says:

    Lovely photo. Those boots would still be popular today I think.

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