Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Trips off the island usually mean an opportunity to see some ART - or things represented as ART anyway. That's a discussion among myselves for another day.

Recently we took off to The Yorkshire Sculpture Park [YSP]- somewhere in Yorkshire, which did seem apt. There was grand work being shown by Ursula von Ridingsvard. Inspiring stuff though I don't think it'll fit into the Summer Parlour here. Although perhaps that's not the point - it looks just lovely where it is and everyone can see it there. The YSP is fantastic, lovely to stroll around on a warm day, plenty to discover including Andy Goldsworhty, Ai Weiwei and many others as well as Ursula's work. You must visit. We did - again.

....and steward

.... and viewer

bench and shadows. This maybe not ART but merely arty.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Nice eh? Not the snap, the place. Although it was a bit hot and everything. The drinkie in the local cafe cooled us a tad though.

Even Mr Coelyne might like this one - apart from the lack of focus, the composition and so on.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The porpi's were there

We were on the boat. Sailing. That sort of thing. These little porpi swimming all over the place.

This wasn't sailing

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I have mined a few .........

After the disaster of the sticking films, I have found a couple of negs I really like. Ones that will see the inside of the darkish room - once we manage to sort the house out and empty the darkish room.

Yes it's from the Gug again. It really had an effect on me - all that ART and everything. The building and all that. Obviously it was the camera that did it, the film too I suppose. Not sure why this is like it is and I like that.

Mmmm, I'm onto something here. Wish I knew how to do it!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

here's another

This one I like too - with all its faults.

One more way to mess up films

I thought I had done it all. Under then over-development, putting fixer in before the developer and all that. Now, I mess up two 35mm films by allowing them to stick together emulsion to emulsion in the drying tent thing. The fan wasn't on so they stuck good and proper. I might have a little scan of them sometime to see if I like the patterns it made when I took them apart. Is there anyway else I can mess up?

In Burgos

I was channelling HCB when I took this with my 50mm lens on the OM1n. I've had the impression he would have taken a snap like this. And it's slightly out of focus - very HCB. Anyway, I quite like it and that's what counts.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Gug

Yes, yes, we went there too. Sort of sucked it all in, breathed the air, looked the look, marvelled at the structure and felt the vibes. They were good.

Loved the feel of the building and, the things in it. Surely we can have one in North Tolsta. Please.

I snapped it up with the Bronica and Rollei25 film - which all seemed to work magnificently well..

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Of course I took a snap of Rodney in Spainland. Despite the searing heat [Rod had just exited the air-conditioned SKY team bus] the OM1n performed flawlessly. A lot better than I.

Rodney was last seen supping in The Butty Bus with that Mr Maher [rhymes with 'Cahr' - a Manc one that is].

On another note; the lovely voice of Dylan Winter [Radio4 etc] will be sailing into Stornoway next week. Good to be good!