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photoblog image Down our street..

Down our street..


...... There were lots of kids playing there

The old terrace streets are gradually being torn down to make way for new developments with houses shut up and a few residents left to hold out for something better.

I grew up in the 1950's in a street like this, long terraces of two-up two-down houses, in Liverpool 8, they were rough times then, playing out with your mates till late, fighting with the kids from the adjoining streets, going down the local park for the day and running to tthe corner shop of sweets. That street is long gone but many still remain throughout the city. This is Venmore Street in  Anfield, Liverpool looking down towards the Liverpool FC ground.

As one of my favourite folk singers, Mike Harding, would have it:

Down our street
There are married men and women there
Dancing mad in the midnight air
Down our street

Now when winter come it's really cold
Down our street
We burn the doors because we've got no coal
Down our street
And when the cupboard it gets bare
They say that tomcat tastes like hare and
The Alsations they all walk round in pairs
Where
Down our street!


Down our street..


...... There were lots of kids playing there

The old terrace streets are gradually being torn down to make way for new developments with houses shut up and a few residents left to hold out for something better.

I grew up in the 1950's in a street like this, long terraces of two-up two-down houses, in Liverpool 8, they were rough times then, playing out with your mates till late, fighting with the kids from the adjoining streets, going down the local park for the day and running to tthe corner shop of sweets. That street is long gone but many still remain throughout the city. This is Venmore Street in  Anfield, Liverpool looking down towards the Liverpool FC ground.

As one of my favourite folk singers, Mike Harding, would have it:

Down our street
There are married men and women there
Dancing mad in the midnight air
Down our street

Now when winter come it's really cold
Down our street
We burn the doors because we've got no coal
Down our street
And when the cupboard it gets bare
They say that tomcat tastes like hare and
The Alsations they all walk round in pairs
Where
Down our street!


comments (6)

  • Kay
  • United States
  • 2 Jun 2008, 00:57
I like this image, Les. Is this an old picture, or did you process it in PS? Either way, it really works with your story. It must have been quite something growing up on a street like this. You get to know your neighbors well, and that can be a good thing.
Les Auld: It was certainly a different time back then. This is not a old picture though, just processed to give it a distressed feel. Thanks for the comment.
Great image Les. Would you be willing to share your processing techniques to get an image like this one?
Les Auld: Thanks Brad, It is a combination of layers in Photoshop, sarting at the bottom is the picture itself with some level and curves adjustment layers above it. Then followed by a Black and White conversion with the opacity set to about 50%.

The distressing is produced by a couple of texture layers and varying opacities and using the multiply blend mode, all finished off by a final levels layer to bring it together.

Hope that helps.
Great shot and narrative Les, those were the days when you went out with your mates all day and Mum didn't even know where you were, but you were always home safely. Great technique with this, I agree.
Les Auld: Remember them well Brian, thanks for the comment.
It is sad to see these streets go. It would be less sad if what they build is better but it seldom is. In some areas of Birmingham they have renovated old streets of terrace houses and they look much better than the modern stuff. Glad you have recorded this
Les Auld: The truth is Bill is that many of them are too far gone to renovate, although I do agree about the modern stuff. Thanks for the comment.
Reminds me a bit of Bert Hardy's images of Tiger Bay. Just needs a lonely kid in the street. It's a great shot Les. richard
Les Auld: I did try to find an old picture of me but then found my scanner doesn't work any longer. Thanks for the comment Richard.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 13 Jun 2008, 16:53
Nicely done! This certainly enhances the shot with extra atmosphere.
Les Auld: Thanks Martin, I do like a bit of distressing.

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