Photo of the week: 21 Apr 2002, no.9
Every Sunday one of
my photographs and the story behind it
Photo of the Week from that period in the mid-to-late 1980's when I was shooting
almost entirely in black and white. This is one from a series of images that I
shot on a 'boys day out' to Blackpool.
Blackpool is a working-class seaside resort on the north-west coast of England.
In years gone by it was a major destination for the workers of the Lancashire
cotton mills, who all took their vacation during the same weeks. Also for the
Scots, who headed down from Glasgow.
As foreign holidays grew in popularity, so Blackpool declined somewhat. It's still
a great place for a day out (though it's always nice to get home after a day in
Blackpool!). Rather jokingly described as the 'Las Vegas of the North', it has
a fun-fair, amusements, candy-floss and fish and chips, a pier and the famous
Tower -- which looks a little like the Eiffel Tower in Paris. And it must be said
there are always some hot rough young guys walking around without their shirts
(when it isn't raining of course).
On this visit there were four of us, including the guy who is seen here wearing
the baseball cap. I took this shot as we called into a shop after the car journey
from Manchester. I like the great depth that there is to this picture. Using a
door or window as a 'frame' within a photo often works well and the diagonal lines
of the door and the wall draw the eye towards the focal point, which is the little
boy across the street. The various people seem to have fallen into just the right