The Phoenix Railway Photographic Circle / A_Guppy_1
Exhibition: The Human Element
18/04/2005

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A_Guppy_1

A class 120 dmu approaches Bolton East Jcn forming the 12.55 Blackpool North - Manchester Victoria as three young lads plot its progress on 9 March 1985.          Canon A1+35mm on Ilford XP1 at 1/250@f5.6

Antony Guppy

 

A Guppy 1

A lovely picture capturing an (almost) bygone age! Its clear even though one can't see the bys faces that there interest is genuine and not malicious. The felt-pen markings in support of a local football team are a tad distracting and could be easily removed digitally. Overall very nice picture! (Bob Avery)

 

A very good 'period piece' this I particularly like the fact that the kids attention and gaze are on the train therefore fixing it in the frame (Geoff Dowling)

 

The distant train adds to the effect of the boys peering down the line but the furry rodent (ferret?!) on the middle boy's back is a bit of a distraction (Ian Cowley)

 

And what were you doing on my patch Mr.Guppy? I don’t recall your asking permission. I probably taught one or two of these, if so they were likely to be plotting the best way to heave a paving stone onto the train. Not easy with the netting. A good location for this sort of shot, this bridge, as the height of the wire precludes a more conventional type of shot. (David Flitcroft)

 

Hoodies ‘80s style. The un-self-conscious attitude of the children makes this picture, though quite what makes them all want to peer so intently from the same little bit of the footbridge is anyone’s guess. Very satisfying composition, with the ironwork of the bridge neatly breaking the scene up into a collection of separate sections. (Martin Higginson)

 

Excellent, Not only is there the human interest interacting perfectly with the scene but there's the name on the signal box to locate it too! (Jonathan Cordle)