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Graham Barnes
  • Garvald, East Lothian, Scotland
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Geoff Lowe commented on Graham Barnes's blog post Woman at the Great Window (Photographer unknown)
"I have been in contact with the secretary of the Strathclyde Hotel when it opened in 1964, she says that the photograph is not in the hotel and is unlikely to be in any other building in Corby as she new the town very well. So back to square one!"
Jun 24
Virginia Dodier commented on Graham Barnes's blog post Woman at the Great Window (Photographer unknown)
"And ... Corby Borough Council has a lottery-funded project, “Collecting Corby” http://www.culturesyndicates.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Collecting-Corby-v2.pdf"
Jun 17
Virginia Dodier commented on Graham Barnes's blog post Woman at the Great Window (Photographer unknown)
"The venerable Francis Frith has photos, maps and memories of Corby at https://www.francisfrith.com/corby"
Jun 17
Dr. Joe Rock commented on Graham Barnes's blog post Woman at the Great Window (Photographer unknown)
"Fascinating building. I suspect health and safety concerns caused a rethink of the high windows running up each end of the building and the elements were strengthened - particularly the horizontal element at waist height. Great bit of research…"
Jun 17
Geoff Lowe commented on Graham Barnes's blog post Woman at the Great Window (Photographer unknown)
"Hello again - The Strathclyde Hotel in Corby built around 1960 and is the possible location for your picture. If so your original instincts were right. Robert Rennie would be in his early 60s, with maybe his wife Jessie as model. The hotel would be…"
Jun 17
Geoff Lowe commented on Graham Barnes's blog post Woman at the Great Window (Photographer unknown)
"Well , Rennie is a good Scottish name so the eastern European idea seems to be out of the window. Interesting research!."
Jun 15
Virginia Dodier commented on Graham Barnes's blog post Woman at the Great Window (Photographer unknown)
"I looked up the residents of 117 Stephenson Way, Corby in the 1939 England and Wales Register. They are Robert Rennie (born 1901), furnaceman, and his wife Jessie Rennie, plus children Agnes and Ian."
Jun 15
Virginia Dodier commented on Graham Barnes's blog post Woman at the Great Window (Photographer unknown)
"I suggest contacting the Corby Photographic Club https://www.corbyphotoclub.co.uk. This has the feel of a 1930s photo club competition print to me. From what I see online the Corby Photographic Club was founded in 1936 as the camera club of the…"
Jun 15
Geoff Lowe commented on Graham Barnes's blog post Woman at the Great Window (Photographer unknown)
"117 Stephenson Way looks like a 1930s council estate."
Jun 15
Graham Barnes commented on Graham Barnes's blog post Woman at the Great Window (Photographer unknown)
"Many thanks for taking time to comment. I think that I'll aim to find a photographer who knows Corby well in the hope that they might understand the reference to "117 Stephenson Way" and that they might also be able to confirm or…"
Jun 15
C Whelan commented on Graham Barnes's blog post Woman at the Great Window (Photographer unknown)
"https://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/features/corby-steel-town A few films on the BFI website might shed some light. Corby was also declared a New Town in 1950 and underwent huge development so that might be a direction to look into. Good…"
Jun 15
Dr. Joe Rock commented on Graham Barnes's blog post Woman at the Great Window (Photographer unknown)
"I agree with Geoff, a sort of Bauhaus feel to the architecture. What an intriguing image."
Jun 15
Geoff Lowe commented on Graham Barnes's blog post Woman at the Great Window (Photographer unknown)
"This image has the feel of Eastern Europe before the second world war. The view through the window looks like an encampment. Corby was a steel town with many workers coming from Scotland and possibly further afield.  Its a lovely picture."
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Woman at the Great Window (Photographer unknown)

I bought this framed photograph (print 283 x 232 mm) a week or so before Covid-19 locked us down and it has been propped against a wall in my study waiting for me to decide what to do with it.

I was initially drawn to its 1950s-ish B&W compositional style of abstract lines and blocks of light and shade…

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