In the 60's long before the advent of Easy jet, Ryan Air and cheap package holidays to the Costas, the folk of East London put on their Sunday best and let their hair down after a week's hard work in the Ford Plant at Dagenham or labouring in the London Docks by heading for the nearest sea side resort.
Southend on Sea.
Having just bought a new Nikon camera with several fast lenses and anxious to try it out with a 400ASA black and white film ,Kodak TriX, it was into my car and an hour's drive to the lights of the Essex resort.
I was happy with the results but did nothing much with them except an enlargement of two. The negatives and contacts disappeared into my badly organized archives where they remained for over forty years.
A few years ago my son Sean mentioned that I had "history" in my filing cabinets which prompted me to scan several pages of negatives . The digital era had arrived and so had self publishing with Blurb.com leading the way.
Here is the result . It took nearly fifty years . Enjoy!!!
David left the army in 1957 after serving for several years in the special forces (The Parachute Regiment) of the British army, seeing active service in Cyrus and taking part in the airborne assault on Port Said during the ill-fated Anglo French Suez operation. 1957-1960 Worked on provincial newspapers as a photographer. 1960-80 Worked as a freelance photojournalist for the British National Press in London, his work being published in National and international newspapers and magazines. 1984/94 Managing director of Images Sight and Sound a corporate video production company making training and publicity videos for many national and international companies. Also worked as a freelance cameraman for a number of film companies on such films as "A Bridge Too Far" Awards.. 1974 British Sports Photographer of the year 1975 World Press Photo Competition features winner 1994/2008 Moved to Spain to organise photographic workshops for photographers