Friday, June 23, 2017

I noticed that too

This is a cat.
Not HHHCB mind you.
But a cat all the same.
I know not it's pet human.

This is a colour snap.
On colour film.
I know not

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Why did you not write a message?

Francis Chichester said of his boat Gypsy Moth IV;
" She is cantankerous and difficult and needs a crew of three - a man to navigate, an elephant to move the tiller and a 3'6" (1.1 m) chimpanzee with arms 8' (2.4 m) long to get about below and work some of the gear."

Well, she looked nice enough as she rubbed up behind a visiting old privately owned converted lifeboat the other day in Stormoway.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

You know, don't you!

I don't usually 'do' colour. I can't 'do' colour it seems but that didn't stop me recently when Mr Boyd returned a back for the Hassie with some slide film loaded. Went round to see David the music man and see his 1700s violin things. Very lovely they are too. Sounded all nice- a right jolly racket. And no, it's not meant to be in focus. I'll show you the in focus ones - assuming I have any - when you have acclimatised to colour a bit.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Another old one

The weather has been too sunny. Not so keen on that for snapping so I've dug out another old one I like to show you.

I was not sleeping last night so put in my earpiece from the radio and listened to a wonderful programme about a world without words. Listen to it on Radio 4 here while you can. Brilliant.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Found again

Found this neg the other day so printed it again.
If I recall, it was published in B&W mag some years ago when they did film stuff.
Took it Manchester with the Voigtlander Perkeo - and still like it !

Sunday, June 18, 2017


Sometimes when one is out and about on the island one can't help but stop and snap up a portrait of a place.  This is one such place.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Rowing night before last

There's that rowing mob out in the wee boatee round a flat calm harbour  the other evening. Even Sammie the seal came out for a poottle around. And the canoeists and paddleboadists - not forgetting the fisherpeoples.
Oh, and I snapped up Isabel's lab - Doobeedo - [or something like that ] as he frollicks in the water.

Friday, June 16, 2017


Eve went rowing last night.
I didn't row, just watched and took snaps.
This wasn't one of them

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mr Bike

I met Mr Bike man at the Coop the Saturday. Lovely looking Moulton AM he was riding. Came over to get the papers [in the morning] but they don't come in till midday that day. He'd come over from the west side of the island where he'd been holidaying. Nice ride mind you - so he said.

I'll have you know that once, when I was young, youngish anyway, I took tea with Mr Alex Moulton in Bradford on Avon. Such a nice chap he was.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

12x12 cm

Apologies and everything.
I snapped the wet print up with the phone camera - hence the dark edges. Obviously it's a masterpiece :-)
Been printing some 12x12 cm prints of late on old Agfa Record FB on account of having some nice frames to fit. If I do say it myself, they do look good - if you squint a bit and look at them behind your hands.

Monday, June 12, 2017


Yes, I am back at it, annoying The Crofter as I follow him around the place - not always too close!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Damp out the darkroom

The print not me, although I could be wrong about that latter thing.

Still on the pegs that help dry the print [on Agfa Record FB] flat against another. That's how I do it. I shan't show the other piles of dross I produced on the little sesh in the darkish damp room the other day. I won't.

I think I have trench foot. The darkish room floor was wet. Or maybe it is because I'm just out of a warm bath. Yes, it's probably that. Forget the trench foot thing.

The bed provided warmth too as I looked at the lovely work of Saul Leiter this morning. I mean, I may have mentioned him before but it is worth mentioning him again. His images are just sublime. You may have seen the lovely film Carol - in which case you may know his style.

He is, despite his use of colour, a fav photog of mine.

Is that allowed?

Saturday, June 10, 2017


There, that flipping darkroom is calling again.
The darkness beckons - like age.
Better than a lightroom though.

Friday, June 09, 2017

At least the dog posed

Oh no ! I'm emigrating. /  Fantastic, great news.
[please delete as appropriate]

Visitor and posing doggie with David, an occasional villager.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Outside enjoying the sun

Look, the sun was shining yesterday so I dragged Toots out of his lair where he was framing his snaps and took off for a stroll round his village. Daisies all over the place.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017


I may have been working in anothers darkroom of late.

He, the man who owns the darkroom - a well equipped room of darkness with the requisite sinks big enlargers and countless other unknown to me things greeted me enthusiastically at the door. I said hello as it is expected round these parts. Perhaps it is a fall off from the local culture. Who knows? I don't. And who cares? Not many I should imagine.

The darkness got to me after a few hours and I had to retire to home and my bed to sleep off the exhaustion. We may have some prints as a result.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017


These are my sisters.
They don't always look like this only, they are wearing their pet herding outfits. Not content with just one or perhaps two pets, they have thousands. Actually, one sister has thousands as the other sister's bees opted for a life elsewhere and now she just has huge dogs and a cat or two.

Monday, June 05, 2017


I told you the rellies [relations] had been up didn't I?
Two lots. It's now some weeks on and you'll be pleased to hear we are recovering well.

We tried to put one lot off the scent by taking them to Garry beach in the village and hiding in the cave , but it didn't work.

I can hardly believe that it's ten years to the day that we moved here. Ten fantastic years here with Eve.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Nearly Level

Another snap for the On The Level festival at an Lanntiar the other day with Jesse Danz playing and singing to the delight of us all.

And yes I will have some snaps on show at An Lanntair's Grinneas show soon.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Black Cub

Yep, it's a popularish beat combo. On stage in An Lanntair.

My ears are still ringing.
Somehow I seem to have lost my loud band tolerance.

Friday, June 02, 2017

A view

Not untypical of this place, especially when  Badla 6x6 folder is pointed at it.

Please someone save me from all this politicing. Tis doing me head in !

Thursday, June 01, 2017

see, not just a one off

Another from this little series. Printing ready for the Grinneas at an Lanntair soon. Must get on with these. Spent yesterday playing in Toots' darkroom helping annoying him as he printed his work for the show. 

Usually is a great show too. Plenty of work from well known artists as well as stuff from local kids and me. Might be some work by Alex Boyd or Willie Fulton, Geof Stear or anyone.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Hanging in the darkishroom

See, snapped this one a moment ago after it came out the wash. There's a couple more too. Printed on foma varient paper. I might show you another soon. It's the sort of thing I do.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

Now, I may be crossing a bridge

I'll have you know yesterday was the third bike ride I have been on this year - and this after a spot of sailing in the morning too. Trust me that is good. I have been enjoying the delights of ME/CFS for years and bike rides have been off the menu for the last 10 years really.

It's not that the ME/CFS has completely gone but at least I able to have a little ride - and how lovely it has been too.

Must not overdo it though.
Must not overdo it
Must not overdo it.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017


Yep, scan of a 4x5 glass plate [Ilford r50] I exposed the other day. Used Toots' 4x5 I have here since he seems to have gone awol. Did a bit of tilt/swing and there you have it. Developed in PQ unversal.

Because I can.

Thursday, May 25, 2017


Much sadness in Manchester, a place where I worked for ten years.
My thoughts and love are with those who been touched by this tragedy in someway .

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Jacob and Louise have been here on  the island from Belgium. They are not Belgian from Belgium like Denis was The Croation from Croatia but British from Belgium in that that's where they live - some of the time. The rest of the time they travel the world throwing shapes or something.
They threw a shape on Bosta the other day. Just because they could. They won't do it again, they'll try another shape next time.

Monday, May 22, 2017

YOU know I'm right

Ooof, I'm still here writing posting and everything. Showing you me masterpieces and the like. Of course I've been writing less - we've had visitors and all. Family as it happens. Brov-in-law and wifey plus Jacob me nephew and his partner Lou over here from Bruxelles.

I took the nephew and Lou for a little look see on the island. You know the thing; an Lanntair, Temple cafe, Bridge Centre cafe , Mission House Studio, The Butty Bus with semi-resident tea drinker John Maher oh, and some beaches and what have you. Even the sun shone and they, the nephew and Lou threw a few shapes on Bosta as is their way as Ballet dancers. Here he is 'doing' a few shapes on vid although not all of the shapes. Obviously. He saved some for Bosta. The Bosta shapes [ 3 of them] might be in here somewhere too. Oh and here's a shape or two from Lou and Jacob in Bruxlles. They like that sort of thing there. Bit like an Lanntair really.

Anyway, with all something or other around the island i was inspired. Inspired I tell you so I shot this binscape which as it happens, I love.

Of course you'll all be wanting copies of thhat and I can, at minimal expense arrange that.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Found some nice Agfa FB

Thought I'd use this paper for a couple of proper nice images. So that's why you have got this one. Sepia toned a bit too.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

I went looking

I went looking for signs that James Ravilious had been here on these parts of  mainland Uk but came away less than convinced. No sign of a farmer with a sack on his head, a lamb in a tin bath or a field of cabbages.

I did see someone walking past some interesting hedge-type things, enjoying the sunshine and the air by a river.

A lane all by itself in the almost countryside by a sub-urban village bounded by clay soil fields devoid of anything edible by beast or man.

Oh, and sheeps in a graveyard enjoying the lush grass thereabouts and the sunshine on their backs.

Don't tell me I didn't look.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

There are people on the island

I may be related to some of them. They came to the island to visit and they are still here. I can't tell you more as they may not speak to me again.

They may go here after they leave the island. Or they may not. They are their own masters.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ahh, the sea

The sea is falling off the edge of the world.
The wind is turning off and on again.
What a place this is.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Coffee Affair

I have a love hate relationship with coffee. I like the stuff - black, strong and sweet. But it doesn't do me any favours so I don't drink the stuff often now.

Friday, May 12, 2017

They are coming - soon.

We like bicycle races. We used to do them. It was my job for ten years coaching riders to do them. I like watching them.

My sphere of bike racing was track - velodromes and all that going round and round. You can see the race all the time - as long as the Erb in the seat next to you in Copenhagen velodrome didn't puff too much on the old socks he was smoking all those years back [when indoor smoking was allowed and there was a cloud of smoke halfway down from the ceiling on the building]. Only, I have enough of being inside for racing so we go off to see road races - Tours in the main - Tour de France, Vuelta [Spain], Giro [Italy] and the Tour de Yorkshire [next to Lancashire].

Road races are great as long as you don't want to see much of the race in the flesh. Luckily these days one can watch on the pooter or television . But going out on a hill with thousands of other aficionados is where it's at. The atmosphere is great cheering for anything that moves till the race comes by hours later.

I rather like talking to people so here I was in my element although the cool wind did rather mean most of us were hiding behind the walls to escape it. Obviously these days it didn't exist if you don't capture its happening on camera so everyone nearly was ready.

Oh, here they come.
Now they are gone!

Was it worth it?
Of course it was.