Michael Fenton’s ‘Usual Faces, Unusual Record Sleeves’ is a hit in Blackburn with Darwen

Lancashire Telegraph: Photographer Michael Fenton Photographer Michael Fenton

RANDOMLY-chosen people from across Blackburn and Darwen are the stars of an unusual photography exhibition at Darwen Library.

Michael Fenton’s ‘Usual Faces, Unusual Record Sleeves’ features people holding records from Blackburn DJ Lez Scott’s collection.

Mr Fenton, an amateur photographer who has staged two previous exhibitions, said the idea came from Mr Scott, with whom he performs in popular band Blowjangles.

The 63-year-old father-of-two, who lives with his wife, Jenni, in Dukes Brow, Blackburn, and has four grandchildren, simply approached people in the street and asked if they would pose for the exhibition. He said: “Why it should occur to anyone to ask random strangers to be photographed holding disparate record sleeves isn’t very clear. Only Lez has the answer to that one.

“Nevertheless, there is joy here. Very few people refused and, as can be seen, the subjects showed a great sense of humour and a love of life.Apart from reminding us of some of the records that played a part in our youths, these photographs are a reminder of the diversity of people in this area. Our thanks go to all who took part and to the staff at Darwen Library.”

The display runs at the Knott Street library until January 24.

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3:34pm Wed 8 Jan 14

woolywords says...

My older brother had a photo taken of himself, holding a copy of The Beatles, Love Me Do EP, with the B side of, PS I Love You, which he sent to his then girlfriend for Valentines Day.
My older brother had a photo taken of himself, holding a copy of The Beatles, Love Me Do EP, with the B side of, PS I Love You, which he sent to his then girlfriend for Valentines Day. woolywords

6:12pm Wed 8 Jan 14

happycyclist says...

Was this at Number 39 Bar on Bridge Street, Darwen, a while back?
Was this at Number 39 Bar on Bridge Street, Darwen, a while back? happycyclist

6:22pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Copperhead says...

......and this is news because ?.........
......and this is news because ?......... Copperhead

10:44pm Wed 8 Jan 14

woolywords says...

Copperhead wrote:
......and this is news because ?.........
It promotes a local event,
Exposes creative talent,
Evokes memories,
Neither contentious nor racist,
And, is just bit of fun.

And to be honest, the image of Teresa Round with Gil Scott-Heron’s, Reflections, make me think of the bargains to be had in the many pound shops and laugh.
Mind you, Ms Round may well be one of those women that sings the blues, while looking out of the kitchen window, while peeling a pan of spuds. Who knows?
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: ......and this is news because ?.........[/p][/quote]It promotes a local event, Exposes creative talent, Evokes memories, Neither contentious nor racist, And, is just bit of fun. And to be honest, the image of Teresa Round with Gil Scott-Heron’s, Reflections, make me think of the bargains to be had in the many pound shops and laugh. Mind you, Ms Round may well be one of those women that sings the blues, while looking out of the kitchen window, while peeling a pan of spuds. Who knows? woolywords

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