Iwas having a little rummage through a box of old photographs the other day when I came across this negative. It shows a man and a woman standing proudly behind a pram containing a young child. The man, upon first inspection, seemed to be holding a dog. Just who these people were I had no idea, but it caught my imagination and I was determined to find out as much as I could.
If you check the Bear Music page you will notice a song from John Cooper Clarke entitled “Beasley Street” based on life in Salford. When we originally featured the song on the old Jammy Toast site we featured a picture by the late, great Shirley Baker to accompany it. At the time we were asked if the photograph was of Beasley Street and we had to admit it was not. We are not sure where the photograph was taken other than it was taken by Shirley Baker who, like John Cooper Clarke, comes from Salford and took photographs of Salford and Manchester during the slum clearance programme of the 1960s. I always think her photographs go so well with John’s poems because they are more or less telling the same story.
At first glance there doesn’t appear to be anything special about this photograph taken by Mervyn O’Gorman of his daughter Christina. However, it was actually shot more than one hundred years ago and is the oldest surviving colour photograph. It looks like the sort of dreamy photos today’s teenage girls love to post online. With a click of a smartphone camera and a scroll through a library of retro filters, the sepia-toned images are ready to upload in seconds. But strawberry blonde Christina O’Gorman had to wait a bit longer to “share” her shot with her friends.
Back in February we featured some of the photographs of Shirley Baker from Salford and everyone seemed to enjoy the feature. With that in mind, we thought we would feature some more black and white photographs from another one of our favourite photographers; Sally Mann. Sally is an award winning American photographer best known for her large black and white photographs of her young children initially before moving on to landscapes and then later death and decay. She has often courted controversy with some of her photographs being described as pornography but, here at Jammy Toast, we think, just like Shirley Baker, she captures people in natural poses doing things that normally they wouldn’t do if a photographer were around.
We now have the Friend’s Portfolio up and running and have added some of the photographs that you have sent us. You can access the Friend’s Portfolio by either clicking on “FRIENDS” in the top menu or clicking on the “See Friend’s Portfolio” next to the Camera icon on the home page. Once the Portfolio is loaded you should see a collection of thumbnails of the photographs which have been added. If you click on any of these thumbnails they will enlarge to their full-size using a light-box. We hope you enjoy seeing some of our friends.
Now that we have the new theme for the blog up and running smoothly we are ready to implement some of the new features. One of these is the Portfolio. This is a feature whereby you can have a page of photographs that can be clicked on and enlarged from tiny thumbnails to full-size photographs using a light-box. What we thought we would do with this is have a Friends Portfolio where we can feature photographs of our friends or photographs our friends have taken.
We were all fascinated today to see some of the work of photographer Kristjan Unnar Kristjansson. He has spent the last nine years photographing the Aurora Borealis, more commonly known as the Northern Lights. The 31-year-old from Reykjavik has been photographing the phenomenon, which occur because of sun storms. The light displays are best observed at night and in northern latitudes. The effect is known as the Aurora Borealis, named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas.
Although this picture has nothing whatsoever to do with Bears, we thought we would post it anyway as an example of dedication. It is easy to give up if something you want proves difficult to achieve but this was not an option for photographer Jay Fine. Jay is a photographer in New York and he has been waiting forty years to achieve the perfect picture of a lightning strike on the Statue of Liberty. The world-famous statue is hit by lightning many times a year but no one has ever caught it perfectly in a photograph.
Above is just one entry in the Digital Camera Photographer of the Year competition. It features a boy riding his bike on New Brighton beach. The tide is out and the scene looks very tranquil – a great picture. The picture has been entered into the Britain Inspired category and is one of our favourites.