Older than 50 years

Posted in answer to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Older than 50 years.

I have aimed to be as diverse as possible, and some of these images have appeared before:

Old books:SJudd_Misc Home_2015-07-06 6 - V2

Old letters

SJudd_Misc Home_2015-07-06 6 - Version 2

Old slate mine – ruins of quarrymen’s cottages


Ruins of tunnels on the old West Highland railway, before restoration of line





  1. Spotted the Welsh Highland line 🙂

  2. Happy Friday, Sue. The B&W adds to the sense of age. Nicely done as usual.


  3. All very nice images, Sue. You could have used a black and white photo of me of course. Much older than 50 years!
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. I really like the books, and the last picture is erally beautiful.

  5. wonderful photos, Sue, they really do look very old

  6. Oh Sue, you have out done yourself this week. I adore all your photos for the challenge. 😀

  7. Perfect images for the challenge, Sue. I remember Kathleen Ferrier’s wonderful contralto voice singing, ‘Blow the Wind Southerly’.

    • Sue

      She did have the most beautiful contralto voice…she died before I was born but my parents would listen to her recordings from time to time, and I have a number of DVDs….her recording of the Abschied of Mahler’s Das Lied von Der Erde has to be one of the most moving….

  8. I’ve been missing your still lifes. These are beauties: the open book is mistress-stroke. I love the scenes too – b&w is so evocative and tunnels are always a winner. You’re a b&w expert, and no doubt a sepia one too.

    • Sue

      Thanks for your effusive praise, Meg! But I’m not a B& W expert…the tunnel image still doesn’t look quite right to me- one day I’ll have another go at it

      • Please educate me. What’s wrong with it?

      • Sue

        The sky is a bit too ‘muddy’, and there’s a puddle of water in the front tunnel which isn’t really showing up…but I may not be able to sort it. This is an old negative that was scanned in, and there may be only so much I can do with it

  9. Dom

    the tunnel ruins photo is the one I love best. Stunning!

  10. Oh, you perfectionists! (ref tunnel 🙂 ) I like the letters one.
    Selfies qualify in this instance, but no, I’m not joining in 🙂 Just needed a smile.

  11. Amy

    Great series, Sue! I love the tunnel is an awesome capture!

  12. Really love the old tunnel ruins!!

  13. I love all of these and black and white is perfect!

  14. This would be perfect for “Traces of the Past” that will be in B&W this coming Sunday. I hope you have more stuff like this ;). Kidding! I know you do 😀

  15. What a great joy to see Your gorgeous old photos. Last photo is my favorite. I have two old photos here. One is when I am sitting in a pedal car and the other shows my first camera from 1952.

    About me.

    Happy Sunday!

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