A couple of weeks ago I came across a page on Facebook, The History of Blackhall Colliery in Images. And I joined and what a fab page it is. I’ve posted some of my black and white images of Blackhall on it and I have had nothing but good reactions. And the best bit is the memories it has invoked in people. And the recognition. How nice to have the people in the photos recognised by their friends and family. One lovely lady even asked if she could share one of the photos of her uncle who sadly has recently had a stroke. She loved the photo and wanted to share it with her aunt as he is one of her favourite uncles.
I am hoping to that by posting some of these photos more people might want to get involved as I really want to see family life in Blackhall.
My next step is getting some posters made, around five in total, and put them up in shop windows along Middle Street so that everyone can see what I have been doing. It will help me immensely with approaching people too as I still feel slightly nervous when wanting to take photos in the street. My lovely friend Brenda has given me lots of tips on how to get candid photos which I have ingrained in my memory.
So fingers crossed by December I will have at least five posters up along Middle Street and if I get a good response I may put some more up.
Oh and I’m putting together a little magazine too. Not sure whether I will sell it or use it as a portfolio to show people but its all rather exciting.