Friday, 14 March 2008

Eric Jaquier

Eric’s images show a microcosm of British working-class life in the late 60s –children playing makeshift games in the streets; housewives hanging out white linen across the street; and advertising signs hung above corner shops recalling a more innocent era of consumerism. on show here
I moved to Leeds in 1970, only instead of the grim inner city it was to a small rural village on the outskirts with fields as far as you can see, you do not have to travel far out of Leeds to be in some of the most beautiful countryside in the world.
Someone once said that a child should should be bored for at least an hour a day. I agree, it slows the pace and gives time to reflect and use their imagination.
The overriding sensation from these photographs is the complete calm the absolute sound of silence, they are absolutely wonderful, and you should go to his website here.
We would drive very close to this area on our way into the City centre, although we lived in the country my father was born and raised in just such a community on the outskirts of Nottingham, called Forest Fields. Not one blade of grass was visible for miles ,the horrible irony of the name never ceased to amaze me. My father was lucky he clawed his way out to Cambridge and he never looked back.


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fiona long said...

Yes. These photographs have a wonderful atmosphere to them. My Dad often says that with time, the more ordinary and everyday the subject of a photograph, the more fascinating it is to look at. I'm exploring this look into the everyday in my painting at the moment.

I like the idea of children needing to be bored for at least an hour every day. I had a lot of quiet time as my brother is much older than me. I never remember being bored though....not when there were mud pies and dens to be made in the garden, trees to be climbed and reams and reams of computer paper that my Dad brought home from the office to be filled with drawings! ;-)

indigo16 said...

perforated with holes down the side! Nigel Henderson is another nostalgic photographer as well.