News | Diary of Sunday Morning Sales | Car boot Loot – SMS Diary #3

April 24, 2011 at 8:22 pm

This week (16th & 17th April) was a little slow on the picture front if I’m honest. I hit up the Pleasley (pronounced plezley) car boot on Saturday morning, a first for me and then Hope Valley on the Sunday.

Before I get on to the business of the Loot, I thought I’d wrap up last weeks activities.

The Hope car boot was on the school side, which I’m never a fan of. The cars get crammed in too tightly leaving little room for comfortable framing and the background is also less than pleasing in comparison to the field side that I pictured in last week’s entry – it’s a 70′s school building with the odd bit of scaffolding and wire fences around tennis courts.

Pleasley is a strange little car boot. It’s situated on the site of an old miners club ground in the shadows of the old colliery and surrounded by the new housing estate. I definitely feel there is potential here, but as with Hope, it really confirmed how much I need to take a pair of step ladders with me to get close to the type of landscape images I’m creating mental images of. This unfortunately may be out of the question for the short term future of the project.


Getting back on subject, and as I’ve previously alluded, part of the reason I began photographing car boot sales was because I’d probably be at them anyway. And the reason I’d be there would be to purchase goods. These items are something I have been wanting to work into the rest of the project.

Diana – purchased from Mansfield car boot, September 2010.


Aesthetically I don’t think this particular example can be included inline with the rest of the work in the series – I feel there is too harsh a difference between the in situ items and this – but it’s definitely food for thought. Definitely get in touch if you have any opinions on this.

Interestingly, around the same time as I was beginning to type this up I got a twitter message from Shane Lynam regarding the work of Brendan Corrigan and his “Make me an ofer” series.

The work is formed by the collection of cameras purchased at carboot sales, each containing undeveloped film from their once owners.

It’s fantastically well structured – clicking through the cameras brings you the images from it – and it’s a great found photography project. Some of Brendan’s shots from the car boot sales are also worth a look.

Featuring the work of other photographers around the subjects I’m tackling isn’t something I had initially planned to do, but I’ll definitely be doing more of it in the future, so again, be in touch should you have any links worth sharing.