9th July, 2020
In 1969 my mother brought myself, along with my four siblings to Scotland. I think that’s partly why I was drawn to take photos in the streets here, (in Scotland and England) – it was all so unfamiliar, almost exotic.
“The work of Weegee, Robert Frank, W. Eugene Smith, Diane Arbus, Eve Arnold, Mary Ellen Mark, Vivian Maier, David Hurn, and Martin Parr, to name a few, have always been an inspiration.
Since my recent retirement from a career in Child Protection Social Work, I continue to enjoy documenting life with digital equipment, mainly of people and everyday situations, on local streets in the UK and during my travels abroad.
Stockport In The 1970s
Bustle and Noise
I only visited Stockport Market twice in the 1970s, and only shot five rolls of Tri-X on a Leica M4 – I wish I’d taken more!. I remember the bustle and the noise, especially the street pastors and their singing followers competing with the shouting traders for customers’ attention.
One or two noticed a young female with a camera, but most were too busy finding that bargain or exchanging the latest gossip. Despite the bleakness, the atmosphere was unmistakably warm and energetic and jolly.
It was forty-seven years ago, but I wonder where some of those characters are now”.
“Looking at the images I am chuffed at the lack of cropping required in my results, which tells me I was really enjoying myself. The negatives have endured several house moves and occasionally dodgy storage in Scotland.
Thanks to social media and Instagram, I was delighted to come across British Culture Archive. Tish Murtha is a new discovery, thank you!’ I hope people keep having these clear outs, and sharing their own historic photographic treasures of their lives and communities.”
All images © Heidi Alexander, all rights reserved.