My discovery of some wonderful passport photos taken by my parents had me thinking about the past.
In the process of moving to Spain recently, whilst going through some things, I found an old leather wallet containing a set of black and white photos.
The photos had me thinking a lot about the past, as they include a series of passport photos taken by my parents as a young couple. They were both younger than I am now in the photos.
My folks divorced around 15 years after these were shot, so it has been been interesting thinking of how their lives have changed since then. And then there were also my own memories of them being a couple, and I imagine their life before I even became the apple of their eye. Also, the black and white prints remind me of the black and white striped shirts worn by Newcastle United.
My parents lived in Newcastle throughout the 1970s, when closing shipyards and coal mines were responsible for the increasing unemployment rate in the region. My parents then moved to Yorkshire in the early 80s, when I was around three years old, to look for work. It was against this backdrop that the popular comedy series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, which featured three Geordie migrant workers, was set.
Amongst the photos I found were one of my dad and his brother standing beside what is probably a loch in Scotland, and another of my dad standing on the sand by himself. These photos were probably taken by my grandpa, who was a keen photographer, artist, and musician. It had me thinking if I should start scanning the photos my grandma keeps at home.
Maybe it’s something to do next year.