Look Back in Anger

I had the scanner out for other purposes so I thought I would dig this one out of the analogue archive.  It was taken in the 1970s on the waterfront at Broughty Ferry near Dundee.

The convention for starting a journey in film is to travel from left to right – returning home to base, the cavalry will move from right to left. Adopting a similar principle, I assume the subject of this photograph is looking back in a none too happy frame of mind – hence the title of this post.  Alternatively, he could just be annoyed by the scruffy hippy pointing a twin lens reflex in his direction 🙂

Man on the waterfront

(click on the image to enlarge)


  1. SwittersB · April 16, 2014

    Great pic and equally nice writing too.

  2. LaVagabonde · April 16, 2014

    Or maybe there was too much sunlight in his eyes. 😉

  3. restlessjo · April 16, 2014

    ‘Scowly man’ 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · April 16, 2014

      I like that Jo – ‘scowly man’ – almost onomatopoeic ❓

      • restlessjo · April 16, 2014

        And a great photo! 🙂

      • northumbrianlight · April 16, 2014

        Thanks Jo, where would I be without my archive 🙂

  4. Ninna · April 16, 2014

    I think it is a great portrait! It makes me feel a bit nostalgic, this “old”, soft, black and white tone. Really lovely!

  5. Cate Franklyn · April 16, 2014

    Excellent. Reminds me of a charcoal sketching my father did of a “ho-bo” about fifty years ago, with the same crinkle to his eye and the cigarette held firmly but naturally between the lips.

    • northumbrianlight · April 17, 2014

      Thanks Cate – yes, that cigarette looks like it belongs, a permanent fixture. It is a long time ago now – always makes you wonder about the lives of others.

  6. andykidd · April 17, 2014

    Nice one! My forebears came from Broughty Ferry. the house has long gone unfortunately.

  7. Mélanie · April 17, 2014

    ah, John Osborne, RIP…

    • northumbrianlight · April 17, 2014

      Well done Mélanie – wasn’t sure if anyone outside the UK would make the connection. One of our great playwrights taken far too young.

  8. mark · April 18, 2014

    Excellent moody picture my friend… I once did a cryptic crossword where one of the clues was…
    Ankoolger and the answer was the title of this rather excellent post.
    Hope all is well with you and your family good Sir.

    • northumbrianlight · April 18, 2014

      Thanks Mark and good to hear from you, hope all is well. We are about to embark on 2 weeks on the English canals so may be quiet for long periods.
      All the best.

    • northumbrianlight · April 18, 2014

      PS – I would have been a long time getting that clue. It took me a while even when I knew the answer 🙂

  9. Malin H · April 24, 2014

    This one is fantastic, Robin.
    Such a great portrait and moment! I really like his expression.
    So… thank you for digging this one out of your archive.
    And… there’s so much feeling in analogue film.

    • northumbrianlight · May 2, 2014

      Many thanks Malin – I think we used to think more about the whole process when it was just analogue. Much longer to produce results, much less exposures and much more expensive.

      • Malin H · May 2, 2014

        Exactly! 🙂

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