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Good Friday traditions #5

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 2 May 2011 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

This is part of a fairly long series of pictures taken on Good Friday (22.04.2011) in South Shields. I wanted to document some of our traditions which we have followed for over a century, and I wanted to depict them in the colours and styles that I remembered as a child in the 1960s, and for that reason I have attempted to replicate the slightly faded colours of old Agfa or Kodak prints using cross processing.

To try and retain some of that authenticity you will find pictures which are not particularly straight, perhaps not well focussed, or at an unusual angle, I wanted these to look like very amateurish "snaps" which might be found in any family album.

Rather than bore you all completely, I will break up the series with some other shots from time to time.

This is the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside Cllr. Tom Piggot and his wife Alma addressing the congregation in the Market Place in South Shields, before they head off to another public service at the West Park. They are on the the balcony of the Old Town Hall.

PENTAX K100D 1/180 second F/5.6 ISO 200 450 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Kenny from Eastsound, United States

They look vert important. I really like that there is still some formality left in the world. I'm bored of "casual", I think it is over rated. Nice job, Curly.

2 May 2011 5:10am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Not quite Big Willy kissin' Kazza, but heh....

2 May 2011 5:37am

PATRICK from miramas, France


2 May 2011 5:51am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

I thin k a tighter crop might work better. The railings )or whatever) distract my eye.

2 May 2011 6:41am

@Richard: Good point I think you are right, hope to get a chance to do that later in the day.
Right, got it done, how does it look now?

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Very nice shot of the Mayor and Mayoress, the Mayor has perfected the royal wave for the balcony scene. I think i would have cropped the window at the side.

2 May 2011 6:56am

@Christine: Yes I can see the sense in that.

Gobou from Senegal

Excellent expressions and compo

2 May 2011 7:04am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

you captured the right moment, when the mayor made a "very important" gesture.
great processing.

2 May 2011 7:30am

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

I hope he is a good mayor. Well captured scene.

2 May 2011 7:33am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice nostalgic feelings.

2 May 2011 7:58am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great capture of their expressions! The colour really does capture the snapshot from photo album look.

2 May 2011 8:27am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Much better! To my eyes anyway!

2 May 2011 8:45am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

amazing how it's as though nothing has changed...:)

2 May 2011 8:46am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

All the focus is on them now, much better :)

2 May 2011 9:28am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Nice one Curly but I am waiting for the balcony kiss

2 May 2011 10:20am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

At first glance of the thumbnail, I thought I was looking at caricatures ... lo and behold, they're REAL! ;D

2 May 2011 10:43am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

I too was having flashbacks to the big wedding on Friday past ... This is wonderful!

2 May 2011 10:56am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A very professional shot !

2 May 2011 11:04am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

I differ more Kenny much into comfortable clothes. If I teach, preach, or whatever I choose to look like John the baptist in his camels hair outfit; maybe chewing a locust or two.

2 May 2011 11:28am

Emanuel from Borås, Sweden

nice moment in time captured, good white balance. well done!

2 May 2011 11:59am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderfully dated feel tot he shot Curly! Well done! ;-)

2 May 2011 12:07pm

Florence from Paris, France

Love your effect, so vintage !

2 May 2011 12:23pm

Cheeky Mummy from United States

I love this series, Curly. You have done a great job of recreating a feeling of yesteryear.

2 May 2011 12:48pm

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

Does have that 60's feel, lacking in red, glad that you where able to take a bit of helpful criticism about portrait work. :)

2 May 2011 1:01pm

@JoeB: Glad? I will accept all sorts of critique and criticism Joe, but I certainly don't accept such harsh rudeness from someone whose work I admire and have praised often. The outburst was uncalled for and said far more about her than it did about me. Sorry Joe but it really got under my skin. This is a community and I have aired my feelings before about those who think they should ONLY allow words of praise, and it saddens me that someone cannot accept the slightest critique without throwing a hissy fit at a fellow community member. I'm glad you, and most others, are not like that at all.

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

nice good friday ! :)

2 May 2011 2:00pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Is such a great couple ... on the balcony ... smiling and friendly ... A good shooting friend ... thanks for the info! A hug, Adela

2 May 2011 2:29pm

Loukas from Ilioupolis, Greece

Nice old fashioned style

2 May 2011 2:55pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Like a view back in time. Wonderful project, Curly.

2 May 2011 3:22pm

Thierry Pouleur from anseremme, Belgium

magnifique photo, avec de belles expression

2 May 2011 3:31pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

it is very interesting to see your traditions and a great idea to reproduce old tones ! A superb photo !

2 May 2011 3:45pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Bored? - don't be silly, Curly - this is wonderful and your treatment succeeds in transporting us back. A lovely portrait of South Shields' 'First Couple'.

2 May 2011 3:47pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Wonderful tone in this shot. It exemplifies tradition in the best way.

2 May 2011 4:12pm

Patricia (✿◠‿◠)❤ from Brecht, Belgium

Like this shot of this people.

2 May 2011 4:31pm

Marta Mateu from Oix (Girona), Spain

Actually it seems you've got an old photograph. The series started very well. Is that alright to break them, I'm with you, but they are heavy.

2 May 2011 4:49pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Really nice, george and barbara bush look ok:)

2 May 2011 5:27pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

outstanding. wonderful tones

2 May 2011 7:00pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

My gosh! How quickly William and Kate have aged! ;-) Great tones used in this "aged photo."

2 May 2011 9:30pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful. Very glad to see these images of old traditions ... :)

2 May 2011 11:06pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

Wonderful portraits and expressions! Very nice tradition as always!!!!

3 May 2011 12:50am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


3 May 2011 5:45pm

Ghassan from Baghdad, Iraq

Sounds like you have your own royal family in South Shields :DD

10 May 2011 11:08am

1/180 second
ISO 200
450 mm (35mm equiv.)