Paul Thomas - Dad's Garage

Silverhill Press Photography

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

Currently out of print