‘Poem 23’ a Hull barge…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s ellipse is the one that is so plump we might as well call it a circle.
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Does anyone know what slides are?…
No, not things from a children’s playground, but 35mm ‘slides’ in the photographic sense, they were often called ‘transparencies’ too. You could only look at them properly by putting them in a ‘slide projector’ and having them ‘projected’ onto a special screen or a white-painted wall (if you happen to have one of those). There were also little plastic ‘slide viewers‘ available – they had a batteries and a torch bulb inside, and a magnifying viewing lens on the front – or if you were desperate you could hold the slide between finger and thumb up to a light, and, once you managed to get it the right way up, you could squint at it in the hope of seeing what the hell was on it…
I never really got on with slides and I didn’t take that many, but it was a relatively easy way of doing photography in colour back in those days when things were mostly black and white.
Anyway, A few months ago I came across a small box of these things that I had taken, probably in the 1980s, and out of curiosity I had a friend of mine, who has an expensive scanner, scan them into jpg files for me. I must say they were a bit of a disappointment – the colour was generally not too bad, but they were mostly a little bit, er, fluffy-looking, and not too sharp. Still, here’s one of them which you might like to have a look at:

DaveScan-04We are here in Dulltown, down by the distinctive brown waters of the River Hull, the part of the river which is known as ‘Old Harbour’, and we looking straight down from the quayside at some barges tied up there. Apart from the nice colour of the steel deck and that orange rope winding nicely around the bollards, the point of the photograph, for me is, of course, the barge named ‘Poem 23’.
Isn’t that great? Obviously the owner of that fleet of barges had decided to call them all ‘poems’ and give each its own number. It’s quite poetic really… and it’s a lot nicer than just ‘Barge 23’, isn’t it?…

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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6 Responses to ‘Poem 23’ a Hull barge…

  1. Oh my word, slides! projectors! Gosh nostalgia moment…..sunday afternoons round at granny’s for tea, and they would get the projector out and look at old holiday snaps. Good grief, those little white squares of memories. Poem 23 sounds very romantic for a barge 😀

    • Dave Whatt says:

      When I was a kid, our nutty English teacher dragged us all down into the cramped school boiler room, turned the lights off, and subjected us to a dreary hour of slides of his Spanish holiday – he wasn’t a very good photographer either… He probably thought that it would be ‘educational’, and a ‘treat’, because we working class lads would never see things from a foreign country…

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