The Art of Comics


We visited Kelvingrove Gallery in Glasgow recently with our eldest son and two of our grandchildren to see the exhibition ‘The Art of Comics’ which was brilliant.

The exhibition shows the work of Frank Quitely which is the pen name of Vincent Deighan (born 1968). Frank is a Scottish comic book artist. He is best known for his frequent collaborations with Grant Morrison on titles such as New X-Men, We3, All-Star Superman, and Batman and Robin, as well as his work with Mark Millar on The Authority and Jupiter’s Legacy.

The show had a large number of his initial drawings as well as the final colour images. I came away with some ideas for a photo project……

The exhibition is still on and runs until 1st October.



I believe that this steam locomotive came from the scrapyard that we saw in yesterday’s post, so after rusting and mouldering for many years in South Wales, and after thousands of hours of restoration work it is seen in pristine condition on the Severn Valley Railway in this photo from the 80s.

Another scanned negative, itself restored, and seen for the first time.


Barry Scrapyard

Barry Scrapyard '72

Barry Scrapyard in South Wales was where many of my favourite steam engines ended up when the decision was made to replace steam with diesel and electric locomotives in the late 60s. Fortunately the owner of the Scrapyard decided that it was easier to cut up redundant wagons and the locomotives remained here for many years until preservation groups raised the money to restore a large number of them, making the UK one of the best countries for preserved steam railways.

This photo was taken in 1977.




The subject of today’s post is the charming coastal village of Staithes in Yorkshire.

i can remember a visit here in the 80s when we were lucky enough to attend a lantern slide show in a church hall. It was full of village old timers who could name most of the photos of village fishermen that appeared on the screen from the early years of the century.




This is a view of a departure from Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England on the Severn Valley Railway that was taken on black and white film in the 1980s. I have recently been scanning some of my old negatives, so this is the first time this picture has seen the light of day.