By Bob Chambers
This is Chambers’ Corner ….. the occasional occupant of a corner of this blog, where Bob Chambers, an Evening Tribune photographer from 1957 to 1970, will present some of his photographs from that era …… Readers are asked to please comment!
Here’s my print from June 1957. A picture of the memorial was the first picture that I took for The Tribune after I arrived in the big city of Welland, from the hamlet of Sherkston, a few days before my 18th birthday in 1957.
Why the paper wanted a picture of it in the middle of June is now lost to me, but its majesty, impressed me then ….. and still does. And obviously means something special to the blogger of 2015. But, I do remember that Cec Mitchell, the paper’s chief photographer, showed me how to make a great print from the quite ordinary negative I had shot. The important thing that Cec contributed to this picture was darkening the top corners, which added a lot of drama to the otherwise blank white sky of a hazy day. The photographers of the day used the technique often, calling it burning-in or flashing.
I had forgotten that this memorial to the Great War of 1914-1918 was dedicated just one day after what would become an even more horrific conflict, began. It is, still today, a truly wonderful piece of art.
Bob Chambers, Tribune photographer 1957-1970
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