I changed the route of my morning walk today. I normally join the high street at a point about halfway down, usually just after 6AM. As you can imagine, it’s pretty quiet at that time, usually the only people I see actually working are the staff in Greggs, the taxi drivers and the ferry staff of course.
The change involved me following my normal route until after I had been around the cockle ponds and then I went back to the high street and walked it’s entire length. Then, at the eastern end near the ferry port, I turned round and came back up for a third pass.
It was on the second pass that I saw the window cleaner. Now, I have seen him numerous times before, but have never spoken to him. This morning I asked if he would mind if I took his picture. I explained that I wanted to do a photography project featuring working people, he was more than happy. When I see this the next time, hopefully in the morning, I really must ask him his name and give him a card. He wasn’t there on my first pass down the High Street.
I was very annoyed with myself on Wednesday. It was when I was walking down the high street at lunchtime, with my phone on the stabiliser. The lady who runs the mobility shop was stood in the doorway, in the absolutely classic pose. I walked straight past. I should have stopped and asked.
I’m going through the Book of Gosport, identifying specific shops or buildings mentioned in the book, I think the easiest thing to do would be to take the book with me, show them that their shop featured and ask if I can take a picture. What I would then really like to do is a to get access to the old picture and put them side to side here.
There’s a bit of research to be done. How do I get access to the old pictures?