Saltaire, still a model village is a title of a Cafe Royal book by Homer Sykes showing images he took in 1981 of the neighbourhood. 130 years earlier Sir Titus Salt, a leading Yorkshire industrialist had the village built to house the people and their families who worked in his nearby wool and textile mill, creating strict codes of conduct to live by so everyone could enjoy their lives there.
The Mill is no longer working and is a museum but Saltaire lives on. Over 30 years after Homer visited I took the opportunity to take my camera in May 2015 when the present occupiers opened their doors to the public. Today a lot of artists and musicians make up the neighbourhood. I went with my wife Shona and 9 year old daughter Jessica and we sat and listened to live music in backyards and entered living rooms turned into studios for the day, talking to people about their lives and neighbours. For a couple of days we became part of this fantastic neighbourhood.
we really enjoyed our visit to Saltaire and hope to be invited back to take more images of this lovely way of life.