1980 - Denman Street, Radford Nottingham
Originally uploaded by Riff Design
I've just seen this (via Col) - the rest in this set are worth a look as well. About the time this was shot, I was getting into photography myself - and hanging around Radford a fair bit.
It occured to me at the time that taking lots of photos of urban landscapes - off the beaten path - would be a very good investment. In Radford, there was a lot of demolition going on in the late '70s and early '80s, and a number of places were changing forever.
Of course, good investments are only any use to people who have cash or credit. I never got round to walking around and taking photos of everything I saw - mainly because of the prohibitive cost of film to me at the time, and a lack of access to developing facilities.
So, for all of the debates about the quality of digital -v- wind-up cameras, the one thing that digital cameras do allow us to do, is to take hundreds of shots each day at virtually no cost. And Flickr's fantastic geotagging helps share it as well.
Now, the only thing I can't afford is the time - something I had more of in 1980 than I do today.
As an aside, large swathes of Radford were knocked down at the time. It was not a crime-free paradise either. But after all of that 'improvement', Radford now seems a lot less safe than it did before the bulldozers moved in to make things better. It's reputation is certainly a lot worse than it was at the time.