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A delve into my archives with a series of diverse images captured on transparency film in the eighties and nineties.

The slides have been scanned on a Canon CanoScan 9000F and then cleaned up in Photoshop as far as possible. Unfortunately, the conditions in which they were stored from time to time were far from ideal and there has been an inevitable loss of quality.

Nevertheless, I hope that you can still enjoy them for what they are.

Two fishermen working on their boat in Bridport harbour.

Bridport is a market town in Dorset, England, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) inland from the English Channel near the confluence of the River Brit and its tributary the Asker. Its origins are Saxon and it has a long history as a rope-making centre and of fishing from West Bay. At the 2011 census, it had a population of 13,568.

Since the Middle Ages Bridport has been associated with the production of rope and nets. The earliest official record of this industry dates from 1211, when King John ordered that Bridport make "as many ropes for ships both large and small and as many cables as you can". The raw materials needed, flax and hemp, used to be grown in the surrounding countryside, though they were superseded in modern times by artificial fibres such as nylon.

Bridport's main street is particularly wide due to it previously having been used to dry the ropes, after they had been spun in long gardens behind the houses. Ropes for gallows used to be made in the town, hence the phrase "stabbed with a Bridport dagger" being used to describe a hanging.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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