The White Cliffs of Dover

White Cliffs of Dover

My mother shed no light on which trip these shots of Dover were shot on. Troop ship from Germany to England? Tourist excursion? A day in Calais? I warmed up the top one considerable and I think it looks a lot more realistic but I wasn’t there so perhaps the cold greys of the bottom shot are more accurate. Here you can read the story behind these Kodachrome shots my father took in 1955-56.



Where are all the people? And only a single Beetle on the street?

Another shot in front of Buckingham Palace from my father’s collection of Kodachromes shot in the mid 1950s on his Voigtländer (see the full story here).

The Tower

Tower of London

I wonder if the top image isn’t at Windsor but judging from the hodge-podge of slides there’s nothing to suggest a trip to Windsor so I’m assuming this is also at the Tower. See this post for the story of these slides my father shot in the 1950s. I like the bowler and brolly man in the top image and the little boy out of an Enid Blyton story in the bottom one.

Update: my mother confirms (see comments) that the top photo was indeed taken at Windsor. So I suppose I should update the post title. The Two Towers?

Victoria Memorial

The Mall

Looks to me like the Spur Rd approach to Buckingham Palace (above) and The Mall (below). Another of my father’s Kodachromes from 1955 or ’56 (see full story here). Note the absence of throngs of tourists or cars or even lanes painted on the road.

Guardin’ of Eden

10 Downing Street, London

Another of my father’s Kodachromes from 1955-56, when Sir Anthony Eden was Prime Minister. The only interesting thing about this shot to a contemporary audience is the fact that you could then walk down Downing Street and stand in front of the PM’s place and there were no crowds of tourists (or hecklers or well-wishers). See this post for the story of these kodachrome slide scans.


Returning to the Kodachromes my father shot back in the ’50s (see this post for the background on this project) we’ll start with some London street scenes. This one’s a fairly unremarkable tourist shot of Trafalgar Square but I rather like the brownish fog, evocative of a T S Eliot poem.

Trafalgar Square, London

White Self-Portrait

White Street, New York

There was something really cool outside the window that evening I wanted to get. But just at the moment I was ready to snap the shutter, someone turned on all the lights and I got a totally different shot.