England. Bristol. In the 1950s Bristol was still rebuilding after the
Luftwaffe bombing raids of the Second World War. One of the new buildings was
for Maples, a chain furnishing store. The ironwork, a decorative raised pattern
and stylish stone walls were the hallmarks of the Maples building just a few yards
from the University. By the late 1950s photography was gearing up for the 'sixties
revolution' and many of my efforts were experimental. Maples and Frances, a drama
student appeared in many of my photographs.
similar picture from the same negative was exhibited in the fourth European Universities
Photographic Exhibition in 1959. Today - in 2015 the fire escape staircase is
enclosed in a glass fronted extension and the name Maples has vanished. Part of
the iconic building is now a fitness centtre.
MPP Microcord ll Twin Lens Reflex with 77.5 mm F3.5 Ross Xpres four component
lens. Film: Ilford HP 3 panchromatic film. My exposure was 1/100 at F5.6. Developed
by hand using Kodak Microdol at normal dilution.
M 90-01 © Tony Morrison