Another in my set of unseasonably snowy November photos. The last in the set in fact.
This temprary bar forms part of the Christmas Markets (or did – I’m not sure if they’re still there) and is situated in the Peace Gardens beside Sheffield town hall (the building at rear left). The other building is the Mercure Hotel, part of the St. Paul’s Square complex that was built on the site of the old town hall extension.
There’s a fountain beneath where the bar is sat, so I hope it didn’t get unexpectedly turned on!
Another photograph from my short stop-off in Retford after visiting North Leverton windmill. I was just wandering around looking for pictures when I spotted this back street behing the town hall building that looked like a nice shot.
Overdeveloped again (from the same roll as yesterday’s photo), but I think it works pretty well still.
While walking around the eerily empty town centre a couple of weeks back, my route took me behing the town hall building. There I noticed a door which looked like it might make for an interesting photograph. The door itself is labled “Town Hall” via a plaque afixed to the wood, but carved into the masonery on the lintel above the entrance is the word “Disinfectants”. In all my years of living here in Sheffield, I’ve never noticed this before.
A quick bit of searching online reveals that this dates back to the Victorian period and formed part of a strategy to rid the city of the disease and vermin which would have been rife in some of the slum conditions that existed at the time in industrial cities. As the poorest members of society would not be able to afford the cost of purchasing disinfectants themselves, these would be given out by the local authority via this entrance to the town hall building.
Today’s picture is another photograph making use of glorious low sunlight. I like the way that the building – Chesterfield Town Hall – is obscured behind the trees. It gives it a bit of an air of mystery, I think.
In other news, it seems that both #FP4Party and Expired Film Day have crept around again, so I best get myself sorted for those – although, in the case of the former, I already have, and scanned some Holga-shot FP4+ negatives today.
For the latter, I have three rolls of expired film defrosting – one relatively fresh roll of Ektachrome 100 that’s dated 2008, a roll of Kodacolor Gold 200 from 1989, and oldest of all, some TriFCA from 1975 (which I’m not even sure the local lab will process – I shall ask them before I shoot it!). Shooting days are this weekend (13-15 March).
The clock tower of Manchester town hall. At first glance I thought there was a scratch on the negative to the right of the lamppost, but it’s actually a passing aircraft. The same with the two lesser marks at top left. I thought about removing them in Photoshop, but decided against it.