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Good Friday traditions #11

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 9 May 2011 in Documentary & Street 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

Colmans in Ocean Road, South Shields is nationally renowned for its high quality fish and chips having won numerous awards, the shop has a typical take away section and fully serviced restaurant. Previous diners have included Star Trek actor Sir Patrick Stewart (Capt. Jean-Luc Picard), South Shields MP and former Foreign Secretary David Miliband, as well as former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

After the parades have departed the Market Place the traditional thing to do is to follow them and make your way to the coast, enjoy some fish and chips in one of a number of outlets just as busy, and then enjoy all of the fun of the fairground and the public parks and beaches.

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9 May 2011 5:15am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I once ate in Harry Ramsdens. "Proper" fish 'n chips is really different, and much better than the run-of-the-mill offering. Looks like a good queue building up

9 May 2011 5:29am

marci from in, Morocco

fantastic. I'd love to be in that queue, waiting for my portion!

9 May 2011 6:05am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

I've eaten at the best and the third best (officially) fish & chip shops in Britain. Maybe this is the 2nd best (officially).

9 May 2011 7:13am

@Richard: You may not be quite up to date Richard.

Andy Wong from Hong Kong, China

Street photography at its best.Good angle!

9 May 2011 7:29am

Patricia (✿◠‿◠)❤ from Brecht, Belgium

Like this photo's, like this very, good

9 May 2011 7:50am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

There are some tail and pressed it opens:) Superb shot. Good day.

9 May 2011 8:10am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

great idea ! excellent

9 May 2011 8:14am

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

I would love to join you here, Curly - an order of quality fish'n'chips sounds like just the ticket right now! And here you've created an image worthy of their place in the South Shields community. I love the angle you've employed along with the stellar colours and detail. Ahoy!

9 May 2011 8:46am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

the buns just aren't going to come are they? Not now we are stuffed on fish and chips.

9 May 2011 8:52am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

An interesting and well presented text. An image very similar to that everyone in a family album but better edited than the family! I like the tilt yet ... matches the woman who is passed out on the man! Light very different from the Mediterranean! Bon appetit ... was good the fish? A hug, Adela

9 May 2011 9:20am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Ahhhhh...that's a tradition ! Very interesting !

9 May 2011 9:59am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

this place must have some really good fish-and-chips to draw a crowd so massive ~ I love the angle of the shot

9 May 2011 10:22am

@Scene by Sharon Photography: The fish is top class here, but I prefer my chips with just a little more colour. There are other outlets on the same street, so we have plenty of choice. I'm a haddock rather than cod sort of bloke.

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

Fish and Chips I follow a parade for that!

9 May 2011 10:23am

Thomas from Paris, France

haha fish & ships, so typical. I never eat this, maybe in June when I'll be in London ;)

9 May 2011 10:56am

@Thomas: You really haven't lived yet.

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Excellent angle here, Curly.

9 May 2011 11:10am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Great angle! There is quite a line waiting to get in!

9 May 2011 11:37am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

You are seriously trying to drive me mad,the thing I miss most in the Uk !! Great shot

9 May 2011 11:42am

@Anthony Morgan Lambert: So good fish and chips are a little difficult to find over there?

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

The crowds look hungry Curly! Nicely captured! ;-)

9 May 2011 12:06pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

il y a un peu d'attente avant de pouvoir se restaurer !!:)

9 May 2011 12:08pm

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Seems famous Restaurant in town or no other option.. excellent low angel shot.

9 May 2011 12:31pm

Line Storlid from Sandnes, Norway

Love streetphotography, and this is realy great. I know it s a part off a serie, and is facinating to follow the traditions and events that you share. i learn a lot from your pitcures, and to get a bit of your culture is so interresting! And the color tones is so great to fit the rest off your pitcures and gives a nostalgick feeling. I have always wanted to try Fish and chips ,.but i have only been in London (in UK) about 4 times and forgotten it every time. Thats the first ting on my next trip to UK;O)))

9 May 2011 12:34pm

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Oh yum, well it looks like another one we have to try :))

9 May 2011 12:46pm

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

nice documentary shot!
unfortunately I've never been to the UK but I hope to get there next years holiday when my 3 kids are old enough - then of coure I must try the fish 'n' chips!

9 May 2011 12:50pm

@Roman: When you get here, remember to ask some locals for their best recommendations.

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Looks like a popular place!

9 May 2011 1:26pm

@Bettina: Plaice or place ha ha?

Zorilla from H, T & E, United Kingdom

With that list of diners (Patrick Stewart excluded), it appears the oily greasiness comes from the customers rather than the chips.

9 May 2011 1:38pm

@Zorilla: Sadly, I think Capt. Picard is cut from the same cloth.

Albert Manso from barcelona, Spain

Nice street photo!

9 May 2011 1:51pm

Nilla´s photo shoots from Östergötland, Sweden

Popular place! I gladly taste some of there specialities. Nam nam.
Like this soft colored style, just like my AGFA camera in the earlier early seventies.....

9 May 2011 2:33pm

Rebecca from Oregon, United States

I'm sorry Curly but you've failed miserably. I don't think you can take just a 'snapshot'. All of these photos suffer from one form or another of being just good images. I like the narrative that gives us just a little more information on the events of the day.

9 May 2011 3:18pm

@Rebecca: You flatter too much.

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

If I ever visit the U.K. again, my first stop will have to be South Shields. What a wonderful place you live.

9 May 2011 3:58pm

@Kenny: Well, your first stop would probably be Heathrow or Gatwick, then big old London town, we can forgive you for that, so long as you jump on the train up north next day.

charles from Netherlands

Curly, dont forget the vinagar!!!!

9 May 2011 3:59pm

@charles: That's right, in fact it is the smell of the salt and vinegar which drags you in!

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

I like this part of tradition.:-)Interesting frame.

9 May 2011 4:07pm

Marion from Cincinnati, United States

Curly, I love the colors. I am amazed that the shot is so sharp throughout with the F6.7 - amazing.

9 May 2011 4:31pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Great frame, and I love that angle. Can't get a decent fish and chips where I live and have to go all the way out to Victoria B.C. or the east coast... *stomach grumbles*

9 May 2011 4:31pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Must be worth it with that queue.

9 May 2011 4:55pm

@The Mouse: Oddly, it is not my own favourite plaice along Ocean Road :-)

ripple from Nottingham, United Kingdom

will have to follow this - great project : ) looks like a good queue

9 May 2011 5:28pm

❀ Yvonne Simons ❀ from Tilburg, Netherlands

I think this is a great series! Beautiful colors and a good story.
I enjoyed it Curly!

9 May 2011 5:45pm

@❀ Yvonne Simons ❀: Thanks Yvonne, glad you are liking them.

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Great tilt. Very effective in this image with this long queue

9 May 2011 6:04pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I like the low pov and the diagonals here... Nice work ! Have a lovely evening :)

9 May 2011 6:33pm

@Tamara: Thanks Tamara.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A great perspective that you've chosen to capture this. Looks like everyone is lined up outside their favorite fish place for Good Friday. A nice candid shot.

9 May 2011 6:45pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Very nice street scene…

9 May 2011 6:50pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

wow! That's a heck of a queue for a chippy...wouldn't have believed it but for the evidence!!
And mushy peas...?

9 May 2011 7:53pm

Uistnomad from North Uist, United Kingdom

Nice photo. I shall put this on my list of Fish and Chip shops. By the way what are the large hankies for that the wee girl is holding?

9 May 2011 8:20pm

@Uistnomad: I'm just taking a closer look and wondering if they are carrier bags?

frammy from MIRAMAS, France

very nice

9 May 2011 8:59pm

Ghassan from Baghdad, Iraq


10 May 2011 10:21am

Sam from Chennai, India

Very nice photo. Like the angle here. And interesting text ... Wonderful series. :)

10 May 2011 11:17am

Andrea from Regina, Canada

I've just gone through your series, and you've done a great job documenting the holiday. I have to say, the only time I've really enjoyed fish and chips was in England (or Northern Ireland), and this has me hankering for some!

10 May 2011 8:40pm

Allan Clark from Dunedin, New Zealand

grate shot i would love to see the as an HDR very cool AAA+

11 May 2011 7:09pm

Longroute from Cagliari, Italy

Since you ask for an opinion, I'll tell you my six pence...
I understand your aim about "old snapshots", and I think it could be fun for you to try and approach that genre, however this kind of photos have often a subjective value, as you said you have remembrances from childhood which influence your choice. An external observer, specially from a different country, may not share your vision and your values. I had a glance of those ones posted so far and this is the one I prefer, probably because it reminds me England as I have known it in the 70'. Also some of the others seems to have some interest even for my foreign eyes.

All the best,

13 May 2011 4:54pm

@Longroute: Thank you very much for your visit and comment, I appreciate it.

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