Sinister Vintage Kodachrome Snapshots Of The British at Play

Weird, sinister and fun snapshots of mid-Century Britons doing stuff!

Collector Martin Snelling shares these 1950s and 1960s Kodachrome photographs of the British at home and on holiday. These images have been chosen for their oddness. We’ve looked at unsettling photos of people looking away from the camera before, and images where the framing, lighting and pretty much everything is what you’re not supposed to do. The wrongness often works, turning the otherwise ordinary into something beguiling, sinister, dramatic and stuffed with expectation. Each photograph suggests a story – not all or any of which of which would have a happy ending. Are these lovely snapshots or potential crime scenes? Time for a Snapshot Short Story contest perhaps – to see what stories can be spun from these suggestive snapshots..?

 

 

Honeymoon - Torquay Harbour - March 1958

Honeymoon – Torquay Harbour – March 1958

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Luncheon – 27 Mar 1963

christmas kodachrome

Huddersfield, UK - 15 Jan 1970

Huddersfield, UK – 15 Jan 1970

Rock Garden Chairlift, Whakapapa - New Zealand - Kodachrome Slide - 1962

Rock Garden Chairlift, Whakapapa – New Zealand – Kodachrome Slide – 1962

snapshot boat british kodachome

snapshot rhodes kodachrome color

Rhodes – date unknown

New zEaland color snapshot

On a wall on New Zealand – 1963 – Kodachrome photo slide

Relaxing - Kodachrome Slide - 1968

Relaxing – Kodachrome Slide – 1968

Kodachrome Slide - 1972 nude

Kodachrome Slide – 1972

Petrified Forest - Kodachrome Slide - 1950s

Petrified Forest – Kodachrome Slide – 1950s

Just Chillin - Kodak Slide - 1960

Just Chillin – Kodak Slide – 1960

Kodachrome slide 1950s

Kodachrome slide 1950s

1950s kodachrome train

 

Snapshot 1950s boat

Come Dancing - Kodachrome Slide - 1950s

Come Dancing – Kodachrome Slide – 1950s

Blue Dress - Kodachrome Slide - 1950s

Blue Dress – Kodachrome Slide – 1950s

Broken bridge - Kodachrome Slide - Aug. 1965

Broken bridge – Kodachrome Slide – Aug. 1965

Looking Back to Andermatt - Kodachrome Slide - Aug. 1967

Looking Back to Andermatt – Kodachrome Slide – Aug. 1967

kodachrome september 1970

September 1970

Stop Me If You've Heard It Before - Ferraniacolor Slide - Late 1950s.

Stop Me If You’ve Heard It Before – Ferraniacolor Slide – Late 1950s.

Portable Music Player - Ferraniacolor Slide - Late 1950s

Portable Music Player – Ferraniacolor Slide – Late 1950s

kodachome snapshot bournemouth

Bournemouth – 1950s

Fruit Picker - Kodachrome Slide - 1950s