Saturday, February 13, 2010

Canal lift operator

His name was Charlie and he operated the Anderton Boat Lift. He was brought up on a barge on the canal where his father operated the lift before him. He had pneumonia three times because of the damp, he said. The lift provides a 50 feet vertical link between two navigable waterways: the River Weaver and the Trent and Mersey Canal in north-west England.

The picture was taken on the best colour film Kodak ever made: Kodachrome II, the sharpest, the most natural saturated colours under any lighting conditions, and you could expose it for half an hour and it wouldn't change colour.
This is a recent scan from the original.

5 comments:

  1. Wow. So vivid. And this from a scan of a photo that's over 30 years old?!? Amazing! Looks like it was taken yesterday. The dark background really brings out every weathered detail of his face.

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  2. Hi Dmitri - this is Fran Seeve, a former student of yours.
    I love your blog. Thank you for showing the beautiful portraits you make, and for your insightful commentary. All best wishes

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  3. Striking photo. His weathered face contrasts nicely with the machinery in the background.

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  4. What a moving portrait. The last time I was in England, Ralph and I visited his family in Merseyside, exploring the river and waterfront. I can just see this man working on a barge there.

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