Sheffield 1982: Hyde Park and Park Hill
Hyde Park and Park Hill flats, Sheffield
This photograph was taken in September 1982. I was a student at Sheffield City Polytechnic, and at the start of my third year we decided to start a Poly newspaper. I managed to convince the others that I should be the photographer, even though I had only owned a camera for four months, and this was an ancient Zenit which I had bought from a secondhand shop in Cambridge.
And so, on a gorgeous, bright, early Autumn day, I walked around the city taking photographs for the newspaper to use as stock. I used black and white film - I had never photographed in black and white before. The idea was to build up a large archive of photos to illustrate news stories. I must have shot about ten rolls of film, and most of the images were better than I'd hoped.
Well, Sheffield City Press was a success beyond our wildest dreams, and within two years it had won the Guardian Student Media Prize. But I had left Sheffield by then. Before I went, I rescued a handful of my photographs from the newspaper archives. I wonder what happened to the rest?