Paul Thomas is the publisher of Silverhill Press, as well as being an accomplished photographer.
'I have always loved the smell of oil on a
garage floor. No, it’s more specific than that,
it has to be old oil, ideally spilled from the
sump of a long-neglected engine, and the
garage floor has to be dusty, unpainted
concrete so the oil cannot be effectively
mopped up and so some of it remains,
absorbed forever, becoming part of the floor
itself. It is a very specific smell, found mainly in
the railway-arch workshops of questionable
mechanics. Occasionally you get a waft of it
at bus stations or taxi ranks but, for me, it will
always be the smell of my dad’s garage.'
46 pages of photographs and texts