A step back in time – Haworth 1940’s Weekend 2011

Last weekend I had a client meeting and some editing to do but I got it all finished earlier than I thought.  Kelly had told me that the Haworth 1940’s weekend was on so I grabbed my Shootsac, stuffed my camera in it with the 50mm lens on and decided to drive up to Haworth to take in the atmosphere and get a few pictures.  I was driving across town when I hit a load of traffic (not unusual in our town believe me).   I thought stuff this I’ll get there in the 40’s mode of transport quicker so, I turned the car round and went back to Ingrow station and jumped on the Steam train up to Haworth.

On the platform were people all dressed up for the day in various outfits from military dress to 1940’s casual wear it was brilliant.  I took some pictures and then I spotted it… Seamed stockings, I just had to get a picture of the ladies wearing them, my dad will love that picture.

Minutes later the steam train pulled into the station, its such a warm feeling every time I see a steam train now but I wont go into that in this post.

Once in Haworth I walked from the station up towards Main St through the park.  There was loads going on, old military vehicles on display, tents, a flight simulator, memorabilia and people dancing!  It was just magical.  I stood there for a good 10 minutes just watching people swing and sway to the music, proper dancing with a partner not just on their own.

As I walked up Main St there were more military vehicles and some regular automobiles.  The Street was rammed with people in all sorts of dress from British, American and German military.  Some of the ladies looked absolutely stunning in their dresses, people even went to the extraordinary length of bringing a pram from the era and pushing it along with just a doll inside.

At the top of Main St was a beautiful lady singing songs from the era followed by a chap playing Winston Churchill giving everyone a re-inacted speech from the war.

On my way back down I was drawn to a speaker who was announcing that a brave gentleman was going to have his pony tail hair cut off in aid of Help For Heroes if people were generous and donated.   I hung around and got a few piccies of it being cut off.  Well done that man for his bravery and well done to the people for donating.  I think he had already raised £750 himself beforehand!!

From there I walked back down to the station, catching a little more dancing in the park and some close detail shots of some of the motor cars.

My Favourite shot from the day has to be the one of the young boy in full army uniform and camouflage paint on his face, for a couple of reasons…  I shot the picture from literally off the hip as it was so busy and I love the composition of him in the frame with his elder brother and his father (who were both dressed as impressively) following on behind him.

I had a fantastic day.  Kelly and I will definately be attending next year and may even get dressed up…..  I also came away full of inspiration and ideas for future projects

Thanks for reading



  • linda Davey · Posted May 22, 2011 at 5:08 pm · Link · Reply

    Fabulous images. Almost think you were ther at the period!! Love the bunting shots, the old biddlies dancing. Next year, we’ll all get dressed up and make a day of it. That’s a promise!!

  • spike · Posted July 4, 2011 at 9:15 pm · Link · Reply

    Paul, I absolutely adore these shots. The seamed stockings, dancing and the wind tossed bunting especially. I wish you every success and will pass your name on to anyone who will listen. Keep up the good work!

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Excitment, Plans and Burgers

We (Paul, Me and Fearne) were in Burger King eating Whopper Meals in Leeds on Friday 1st October when we first got the phone call from Donna. She had been contacted by her friend Nicola who wanted Pauls details to do the photography the week after at the Rendevouz, Skipton for Evans Ball.

OMG—Someone wanted Paul to take the photography for a really important charity event. I was so excited and full of butterflies. Poor Paul. I just agreed to it straight away and didn’t really ask him. I told him!!! This would be a great opportunity for us to build up our portfolio and get us on the track of becoming pro photographers.

Straight away we talked for hours about what equipment we would hire, what we could borrow, what we needed. Those hours were a blur but exciting. I had to admit I liked the idea that I would be working alongside my husband, although I didn’t wanna tell him that!!

That weekend would be a busy one for us but mainly Paul. He was away on the Friday in Sussex doing a car photography workshop. The Saturday would be time as a family with Fearne our daughter and Daisy our dog and Saturday night Evans’ Ball. Then on Sunday we were hiring a studio to take some family shots of our friends and family. It would also be our second wedding anniversary but that would have to take back seat this year as building the portfolio definitely comes first.

We hired 3 lenses that weekend for the events.

50mm 1.4 USM

24-70mm 2.8l

70-200mm 2.8l

We also borrowed some lights from a fellow photographer (who we also hired the studio from), camera and flash from Pauls uncle Geoff.

So we were kind of ready. Oh, the mix of nerves was untrue. I felt sick! I wasn’t gonna show that to Paul. He was nervous as it was. God only knows the emotions and feelings of photographers when they do weddings. I definitely admire you.

I thought photography was just, ‘Point, smile,shoot’, how wrong was I…..

Kelly x

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