||[Jun. 1st, 2007|06:04 pm]
I love your photographs. They capture an amazing sense of story or history, even if unknown; they never look just like surfaces and skies.
Thanks. I'm glad they affect you that way. It's that sense of the inner life of a place that I'm after.
I like this very much. Life behind the facade.
But I´ve not heard the word "ginnel" before. I assume that means alleyway?
I think "ginnel" is Lancashire dialect. I'm originally from Up North, not far from where poliphilo
lives, and personally I would have called the thing in the photo a "back entry". To me a ginnel is narrower, usually the narrow passage between two buildings, ie buildings without back yards. But usage no doubt varies.
You are probably right. I'm not a native of these parts. My grasp of local dialect is a little shaky.
Thank you. I enjoy learning about localisms.
I spent some time in Lancaster but never heard the word.
We sometimes refer to it as "the backings".
It looks like a nice little area. Do kids play in it?
(I had to look up what "ginnel" meant - I'd never heard that term before!)
Kids don't use it much- it's a little too secluded.
This may change. They recently put gates on all the exits and entrances and only the residents have keys. This will make it a whole lot "safer".
I was also wondering if that's where the teenage hooligans were hanging out and causing trouble. Are they still around?
They were on the other side of the fence, not in the alley itself- though once the altercation had started they climbed over into the alley to confront me.
I haven't seen them since. Touch wood.
Who would want to start a fire here? (I like how the second photo emerges out of shadow.)
Who would want to start a fire? Kids of course.
Innocent and irresponsible.
2007-06-02 10:13 am (UTC)
Re: I love these!
These are remarkably colorful. I never thought of your ginnel (I always thought guinnel) was as colorful as this. I would have guessed- grey. But no. Maybe due to it being a good day and sunny, whereas normally that's not the case.
I know what you mean. But the sun really makes the red brick glow.