Welcome to my new upgraded web site, the original web site had been running since 2008 but did not show any images which was not very helpful to prospective buyers, hopefully this has been attended to.
Since I started the web site I have been asked many times where the name Cresselley Photos came from so here is the answer. As a young train spotter my informative years were spent on the former GWR line from Neath to Pontypool Road which went through Mountain Ash (Cardiff Road) station. Many hours were spent on the station but about 400 yds away to the east was a signal box and level crossing, the name of the box was Cresselley Crossing Signal Box thus the name of the web site.
I first started taking photographs in about 1961 of my father who was an engine driver for the National Coal Board who’s lines ran parallel to the former GWR lines. Most of my early photographs were taken with a Kodak Coronet box camera which was fine as long as the subject was perfectly still so dozens of photographs I took were a disaster, this was later followed by a Woolworth camera where the viewfinder was flipped open at the top of the camera, usually the photograph ended up nothing like what you viewed. Later I had a Halina 120 camera which took 12 exposures or if you put a frame in the camera it took 16, at the time I thought it was the bees knees of cameras and probably had a 75% success rate of acceptable photographs. In 1964 with the closure of my local lines along with the demise of steam and the fact that I had started work I lost interest in railways. However after visiting Bulmers in Hereford in 1972 to see 6000 King George V it sparked my interest again and so I decided to rake out all my old negatives and get them catalogued, unfortunately and I am sure I am not on my own, most of the negatives had been lost. In 1974 I was offered some railway negatives which I gratefully accepted, this consequently prompted me to start trying to find anybody who had collections they wanted to dispose of. The same year I set up a dark room in my attic which I continued to use up until 2015 when I decided to go digital.
The digital process did not and still has not come easy to a “technology dinosaur” but assistance from my wife and daughter has helped me progress. At present I hold the following collections:-
The Sid Rickard Collection, one of the premier photographers in the 1950’s up to the 1970’s.
The S.C.L.Philips Collection.
The Stan Brown Collection.
As well as my own collection which contains images from 1919 up to the 2000’s.
The images are in the process of being improved where necessary i.e. scratches and blemishes being removed as best as possible. It must be remembered that a great number of these negatives, of which quite a number are glass, will have marks due to their age. I would advise however that if the image shown on the web site looks if it is marked or scratched the actual digital photograph will have been adjusted and improved unless advised otherwise. The adjustments are still in progress and not yet completed. Due to negative format the prints might not be exactly the same as the scan.
The negatives are scanned to a file size of A4 at 300/360 dpi
Generally I send the scans to Professional printers subject to the number of images required ( up to a 10 day turnaround) however smaller orders I do myself and usually get the prints into the post within one working day.
The advent of the internet has made it difficult to keep track of prints which might be copied. I would advise that any reproduction of my images require my written permission as there is a reproduction fee to be paid. Unauthorised use of any photographs from my collection will result in legal action.