Wednesday, 6 August 2014
Newcastle After Dark - a Photo Essay by Charlie Hedley and Paul Kelly
Newcastle - an open city,
where that once great neo-classical temple to the age of steam
is now a flop house for transients, bums and double-glazing salesmen.
In the face of adversity, some residents manage to maintain a brave face,
yet it's a city where pretty much anything goes.
have been replaced by new
and hardened policemen drunkenly fraternise with hardened criminals,
idling away their evenings
as the city around them descends into Dante's Inferno.
Good men flirt with the edge of villainy and corruption in after-hours bars
where a softly-spoken password ("Swordfish") permits easy access
to more drink and melancholy reflection
on what their future could be.
Despair sets in,
but tomorrow is another day and who knows what it may bring?