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Did you pose for photos in 1980s?

Byline: Darren Devine Reporter

IT was May 14, 1983... Spandau Ballet's True was number one, petrol was 36p per litre and a civil war was raging in a Lebanon occupied by both Israel and Syria.

Meanwhile closer to home a 20-year-old Simon Buck was getting off a bus in Cardiff city centre with his Nikon FE camera to take some shots for his night school O-level photography course.

Now a London-based musician Simon, 52, was back home in Penarth for Christmas when he rediscovered the evocative shots he took that day.

Working on social documentary and street photography for his exam he needed fresh images for his portfolio.

He got off the bus a little earlier than usual at the bottom of Ninian Park Road, Canton, and started to wander in towards the city centre before meeting a group of youngsters.

In a more innocent time when photographers could take slice-of-life shots of youngsters playing in the street without falling under suspicion he compiled his now nostalgic-looking portfolio.

It captures around 15 minutes in the life of Ninian Park Road and Telford Street on May 14, 1983.

Simon said: "As I got around the junction of Telford Street I encountered two little kids, one on her pushbike out on the street.

"As this was the 1980s and we weren't living in such paranoid times I asked if it would be okay to take some pictures of them in the street.

"This met with their approval so much so that within minutes I had a whole gaggle of kids all mugging for the camera.

"After about 15-20 minutes I had what I thought were some good shots and bade them farewell and carried on into town looking forward to developing these images when I got home."

Simon does not have the names of the children he pictured, who must all now be in their 30s and 40s.

He hopes, with our help, to add a new dimension to his 32-year-old O-level photography project.

Simon wants readers to identify the children he snapped and help put him back in touch with them.

He plans to update his portfolio by picturing them as adults.

Simon, who left Wales to study photography at the University of Westminster before opting for a career in music, said: "It would be fascinating to find out who these kids are and great to give them copies of the photos, which are beautiful snapshots of a more innocent time.

"It would be good to rephotograph them today on the same format camera, i.e. 35mm negative film as opposed to the digital format we all use now."

If you are among the children pictured or can help identify them contact darren. or phone 07825 044221.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 23, 2015
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