This is my favourite photo of all I have taken (so far).
The red is so striking standing out against the background. Yes, I had played with the settings on the camera before taking it, having the red only filter set. It works so well when you are trying to pick out red items. The blue is OK, but the yellow and green aren’t very good.
Or it might just be my ability to work the camera. I’m snap happy, but very little thought usually goes into the content of the photo. I’m very much a quantity over quality merchant where photographs are concerned. Even back in the day before digital when you had to be careful of the number of pictures you were taking, I was atrocious at taking pictures. Blurred photos, heads cut off, fat fingers in the edge of the shot. I was guilty of all of them and half a film would go that way.
But I’m trying to get better. To be more composed. To compose the shot. To think about what I am doing. And in this shot I got a result I was very happy with.
I love those prints you can get. The ones you see in gift shops and homeware places. Where you have the single colour sticking out from the black and white background. A lot of them are London based, and they feature the London buses, post boxes, telephone boxes, the taxi with its light on etc. And so, I’ve been trying for one of my own.
Here in Crawley there aren’t any red buses, so I was looking to settle for the two design classics, the red telephone box, and the red pillar box. You could probably count the number of red phone boxes in Crawley on the fingers of one hand. Pillar boxes are more common.
I think this is the only place in Crawley where I have found the two together. There is the bonus of them being nicely positioned in front of the Victorian church of St. Peter’s in the St Peter’s conservation area in West Green, Crawley.
The red pillar boxes have been around in more or less the same design since 1879, when a return to cylindrical boxes followed a period of hexagonal boxes with the so-called Anonymous boxes. Andrew Handyside of Derby was the foundry for them, but they omitted the royal cypher and the words “Post Office” leading to the Anonymous sobriquet.
The one in the picture is a Type B box, and with the ER on the door it means it…