A slightly fluffy old colour-slide…

But first…
Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s carefully selected colours are: coconut cream, orange orange, rhubarb red, turnip turquoise, apple azure, mandarin mauve, beetroot black, and the gorgeous colour of the pollution in a metropolitan sky towards evening.

In the days of old-style black and white photography the quality of the final photograph was often very good – plenty of detail in those lovely crisp black and white prints, even when shot with a small format camera like those early high quality 35 mm ones – the ones that Henri Cartier-Bresson liked to use.
Colour back then was a different matter – for the amateur it was a rather tricky process and the final results were often, well, ‘just about alright’, but the prints and slides, transparencies, always, well to me anyway, looked a bit ‘fluffy’, and the colours were always, ‘just a little bit odd’.
As a result I didn’t do much colour photography, just one or two slides now and again.
Oh, but now, isn’t digital photograph great? Crisp photos with accurate colour rendition – what a pity people, even professionals, don’t bother composing their photos any more though… Hm…
Here’s a scan of a slide of mine from back in those days. Not a great picture, but those dogs look pretty good. I notice that that’s not a photograph of the dogs, but a nice painting someone has done, perhaps especially done to go in the bookie’s window? Me, I think I’d have that on my wall!…

Damn! And my money was on number three!…
I don’t recall when this picture was taken, but it was probably at least thirty years ago. Imagine walking past this shop back then – I’ll bet there’d be clouds of cigarette smoke issuing from that extractor fan I have chosen to include top right. It’s position also balances the dogs charging in from the left – it sort of gives them a goal, don’t you think?
Not too bad a photo, I suppose…

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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