I don’t know who they were or when and where the pictures were taken.
They come from a collection of glass negatives dating from the very beginning of the last century and were saved from being thrown away by David Kennedy.
Some are of street scenes, others of men and women at work and include a fair number showing life on board a selection of working ships.
They range from causally posed scenes to ones where the photographer has caught his subjects fully occupied and perhaps unaware that they are being photographed.
If I have favourite it is the one of the three crew members taking a rest and staring back at the camera.
Working these ships was not easy and the rare moments for relation must have been treasured even if in this one there seems to have been a fair degree of acting in front of the lens.
But work and the demands of running such a ship will have crowded out many opportunities for play.
All of which just leaves me that image of the woman caught walking away from the photographer and like all good pictures you are left wondering what she was doing.
Pictures; by courtesy of David Kennedy