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Copyright www.petespintpot.co.uk  2008. First published 17 October 2008, last updated  20 January 2018.

Pete’s Pint Pot is dedicated to the home production & sensible drinking of beer, wine, cider & meads plus a little bit of china painting & a few bits of photograph tampering.

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famously said to brother Groucho,

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              ou may noticed that I occasionally have gentle little cracks at people or beers etc. Well, I’ve decided to dedicate a page to what I think are “nice” things.

“America” (recorded in 1967, released 1968) by The Nice, is based on Leonard Bernstein’s piece from “West Side Story” which in turn is based on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. A few bits of Dvořák's “New World Symphony” have been thrown in to the music, the words are spoken by P. P. Arnold’s son Kevin who was aged three at the time.

“Hot Shot Eastbound at the Iaeger Drive In, Iaeger, West Virginia, 1956.” This superb photograph, taken August 2, 1956, must be the most famous of all O. Winston Link’s work. Ogle Winston was born in December 16, 1914 & died on January 30, 2001.

“Main Line on Main St., North Fork, WV ”, 1958, & “Class A 1241 Bursts from the Westbound Portal of the Twin Montgomery Tunnels East of Christiansburg, Virginia, 1955.” are also good examples of his nattily titled work.

Here is a rather tentative link to another American whose work I like, the part Shawnee (on his mother’s side) guitarist Link Wray (May 2, 1929–November 5, 2005). Whilst the title “Rumble” does not suggest anything “nice” & the music is somewhat aggressive, I think it is a well thought out & executed piece of music.

After mentioning two American men, how about the pioneering Calcutta born British portrait photographer Julia Margaret Cameron (11 June 1815 – 26 January 1879). Julia Margaret Pattle married the legal reformer Charles Hay Cameron in India, 1838. After his 1848 retirement they moved to London. During 1863, at the age of 48 she was given a camera by her daughter, also called Julia.

Using her high position in Victorian society, Julia photographed many of the days famous people such as Charles Darwin, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning & of course the eminent Victorian scientist John Frederick William Herschel (March 7, 1792 – May 11, 1871). It is worth noting that Herschel also did a lot to help the advancement of photography during its infancy.

The second portrait, aptly entitled “Sadness”, taken in 1864, is of Ellen Terry aged 16 whilst on her honeymoon stay at the Cameron’s home in Freshwater, Isle of Wight. Ellen married the 46 year old George Frederick Watts, a famous painter of the Symbolist movement. Unfortunately the marriage was unhappy & lasted less than a year. Ellen went on to become one of England’s greatest classical/Shakespearian actresses.

To me, William Henry Fox Talbot (February 11, 1800 - September 17, 1877), was one of the main photographers to make major contributions to the photographic process, he made it possible to make multiple prints of the same photograph by the use of a “negative”. “The Ladder”, taken by William Fox Talbot in April 1844 is shewn below along with a photograph of his home, Lacock Abbey, also taken that year.

Whilst I do not have any particular favourite singer, film stars, beers et cetera, I think Frank Meadow Sutcliffe must be pretty close to the top of the list when it comes to photographers. Born on the 6th of October 1853 in Headingley (the home of Yorkshire cricket), Leeds Frank is well known for his photographs in & around the Whitby/Staithes/Robin Hoods Bay area of North Yorkshire, another well-known resident of Whitby was Count Dracula. To me the beauty of Frank’s work lies in his beautiful composition and the empathy he shows to his subjects, animate or inanimate. The extreme hardship & poverty of the times comes through in his photographs, as does a kind of spiritualism & humanity.

After retiring from photography in 1922 he became the curator of the Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society, a position he held up to his death on the 31 May 1941, he is buried in Aislaby, a village just a couple of miles west of Whitby.

Another favourite of mine, “Through the Station Doorway” was photographed on 19th September 1895. From the entrance of Whitby Station (then owned by the North Eastern Railway Company).

“Harbourside Family” is a portrait of the Drydens’, taken during 1901.

“Black and White”shows the chimney sweep Bill Batchelor with the miller George Hale.

The early photographs used Fox Talbot’s “Collotype” process which required exposures of around 30 seconds on a sunny day, consequently some of his human subjects may appear to be “posed”, as indeed they invariably had to be. The advent of the dry plate camera reduced the sunny day exposures to “just” a couple of seconds.

#Home Noises For The Leg, Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.mp3


Are you fed up with all those pathetic “Bonus Tracks” you get on the 90% rubbish CDs you sometimes get free with so-called “Newspapers”? You squandered good money on the pathetic rag, hoping to get a CD containing a couple of tracks you like, only to find it is all re-recorded or a lacklustre “live” performance when you thought you’d be getting the original recordings. Well here is the perfect antidote! Noises For The Leg by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.

Herbert George Ponting (1870-1935) became the first official polar expedition photographer when he joined Robert Falcon Scott's 1910-1913 Terra Nova Antarctic Expedition to the Ross Sea & South Pole. During this time he took over 2000 photographs & some cine pictures. They were processed in his darkroom on board the Terra Nova which is featured in both of the above photographs. The left hand picture was taken on the 8th of January 1911, the right hand photograph was taken 8 days later. Ponting returned to England before the fatal  expedition that cost the lives of Scott along with Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates & Edgar Evans.

Here is an exceedingly rare photograph, taken in 1950, of the mild-mannered social outcast Elwood P. Dowd, admiring a handsome portrait of himself accompanied by his 6’ 3 ½” Pooka friend Harvey.

I don’t think the portrait was painted by Elwood himself or Harvey & so, for obvious reasons, I assume that Harvey must have let the artist see him (the only others who we know saw him were his sister, Veta Louise Simmons, & later, Dr. Chumley.

Elwood must be the best philosopher the world has ever seen, with quotes like:

Well, I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it.

Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, “In this world, Elwood, you must be,” - she always called me Elwood - “In this world, you must be oh so smart, or oh so pleasant.” Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.

Finally, to quote those very profound words of Mr. Stanley Laurel:

“You can take a horse to water but a pencil must be lead.”

Another official photographer who went on Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914–17) was the Australian photographer & adventurer, James Francis "Frank" Hurley, OBE (15 October 1885 -16 January 1962). In 1917, Frank  became an official photographers with the Australian Imperial Force with the honorary rank of Captain.

As as cinematographer, Hurley made several documentaries throughout his career & he also wrote the scripts & directed several feature films.

The Endurance became trapped in pack ice on the Weddell Sea, she was eventually crushed & sank on the morning of November 21, 1915. Throughout the expedition not one human life was lost. (No mention of the dogs etc.)

The shell-shattered area of Chateau Wood, Flanders, 1917.

The ruined Cathedral in Ypres, seen from the Cloth Hall.

Limbers (gun carriages) carrying up ammunition at sunset.

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