Fish and Chips is one of Britain's favourite traditional foods. And if you don't fancy fish with your chips, there is today a much larger choice of food available at the local chippy such as sausages, fried chicken, chicken nuggets, beef burgers and spam fritters. Many fish and chip shops these days also offer extras such as mushy peas, bread, gravy, baked beans and curry sauce.
These days, you can go into a chip shop and get almost anything you fancy fried in hot vegetable oil. Regional variations apply of course. The availability of deep-fried Mars bars and battered pizzas across the chippies of Glasgow may be connected with the city's proud position at number one in Europe's heart disease chart. Early recollections of the menu at the Great Western reveal a small board on the back wall. The staples of the Seventies chippy were fish, tinned and fresh roe, fishcakes, pies and pasties. In much the same way as chicken tikka masala suddenly appeared on every Indian takeaway menu, so it was with certain items in fish and chip shops. One shop would add something to their menu, and within a week the rest had heard about it and followed suit.
THE typical retail fish frying shop run by its owners, usually husband and wife and with part-time help, represents a continuing tradition which goes back in Great Britain to the early days of the 19th century. Charles Dickens, in his novel Oliver Twist, mentions a fried fish warehouse, but it was not until the 1860s that the trade began to develop as we know it now.
The National Federation of Fish Friers was founded in 1913 to watch over the interests of its members' specialist trade. Today, over 80 years later, it is the largest organisation representing the largest take-away food trade in the country. 9,000 fried fish shops having an annual turnover of over £650M sell 60,000 tonnes of fish (abut one-quarter of all the white fish consumed in the UK) and 500,000 tonnes of potatoes (over 10% of all potatoes eaten by British people). It is, therefore, important that the trade is properly represented to government, growers and the fishing industry to ensure continuity of supplies and the continuing prosperity of the trade. The NFFF has successfully carried out these tasks for many years and looks far the support of all the trade to enable it to continue serving all who supply the British public with its traditional fare.
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pridel (233) 2005-09-25 11:56
very beautiful photograph
I like very much the separate compo in two parts. the b&w is superb. the bit noise is great
gringofil (0) 2005-09-25 12:04
Cool shot. Tones are excellent and so is your composition, but even though I would be tempted to do some cropping off the top (just below the sign). Yes, you will crop into the guys hat, but a tighter composition that fcosues on the action would have been ideal. Anyway, interesting shot that shows a slice of life in Britain.
Gdouble (0) 2005-09-25 13:49
The old one looks very concentrated.
Nice compo and good B&W
phi75 (0) 2005-09-25 14:06
as usual number 1...........!!
you are the poet of th real living my friend; I love so much.
it's remind me when I start photo , I used to take every days moments to make photos!
This is excellent, and B&w is perfect, as DOF!!
Thumbs up "Monsieur l'Artiste"
Ina (2687) 2005-09-25 14:16
Fine and artistic post... The black and white fits this picture perfect... Hats look great too... TFS...Ina...
dolin (15619) 2005-09-25 14:25
Excellent b/w for this life scene.
Excellent idea of framing and the quality is very good.
A good eye...nice capture
Poacher (183) 2005-09-25 15:24
Well i recognise these characters, Scarborough sea front i have had fish n chips in there many times, and i like a coffee in the harbour bar further along lol.Good black n white Robert
alvaraalto (16406) 2005-09-25 15:47
Very strong B&W picture. The composition is beautiful. The DOF all right and the choise for B&W the right one. And that's a real compliment for a fan of colours.
singuanti (15250) 2005-09-25 16:19
Hi Robi. Yet another good note from you to annotate the shot. I've heard of these places before but it's the first time I've seen a pic of one. I like the use of b/w to convey the grittiness of the kitchen environment.
jjbach (9324) 2005-09-25 19:11
Very nice and intersting composition. The point of view and the choise of b/w are perfect. Excellent note too! Splendid and original shot!
pamastro (7290) 2005-09-25 23:58
Very good treatment here and I think it works very well to document your note. The grain adds to the grittiness of a fast food scene separating it from slower cuisine. The metallic surfaces are also well captured with their textures and reflections further adding to the scene. And that both people seem to be on different tangents here gives the feel of the action of multiple things going on at once. I like that sign at the top giving a good top to the image and also a bit of the menu so we feel we can order from them. I don't know about a beefburger in batter, but maybe something else. :) Nicely taken.
manny (21833) 2005-09-26 10:24
Interesting docu-shot. The color tones add to the candid nature of the picture.
wilkinsonsg (8662) 2005-09-26 13:38
Fast and furious! - I like the hats and aprons - B&W suits the image and the note is very good.
jbweasle (9393) 2005-09-27 14:30
Robert, a great picture of everyday life. Black and White is an excellent choice, especially given the check pattern of the uniforms. Good contrast with lots of detail, and I love the part of the menu you have included at the top of the frame.
john_c (24666) 2005-09-28 10:56
A well composed shot rendered in most effective monochrome. I like your framing here and the natural pose of the workers. The checkered hat and apron really enhance. Perhaps a tighter cropping, but not that material to the overall effect. The gleaming, glinting work station is better portrayed in the shot as you have presented it. Well done, Robert. Somehow the word quintessential comes to mind with this scene...
Michael_Gan (2776) 2005-10-02 17:03
Hey Robert, I am trying to catch up after my vacation and saw that you have posted several jewels in the past weeks! This one is absolutely great, a very good documentary shot. I like the way the second employee is looking at the price-list, as if he can't remember the prices (even after his probably very long career in fish frying...). Very enjoyable note too. Can you also elaborate on the extensive use of vinegar on the chips? That's something that Dutch people will never understand ;-)
greghume1 (447) 2005-10-02 23:22
The checkered caps and aprons are what really appeal to me in this shot and B&W is an inspired choice to add emphasis.
Cliffy (590) 2005-10-09 12:23
Such a different shot and really well captured,the black and white works so well and I like the rather fed up look of the vgentleman doing the frying
veronika (6058) 2006-04-28 9:39
Blegh hate this food but love this shot :)
Well taken Robert, BaW works really great here!
- Copyright: Rob Janovski (robiuk) (10807)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2005-04-16
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Minolta Dimage 7Hi, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM, Lexar CF 256MB 12x
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2005-09-25 11:46
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