Friday, May 30, 2008


Thought it might be worth seeing Taransay in colour since it was spectacular. Taken with the Rollei30 on AgfaUltra50

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Peat cutting ex-seaman

"I was in the merchant navy and in a bar in New Zealand once there were 20 other men from North Tolsta there. And when I arrived in Australia, the first man I met there was from North Tolsta too"

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Peats & Me

Just to prove I have been cutting, here's snap taken by Eve with a Kodak Duoflex and processed by me!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Been South

The lochens on North Uist are dry!

Taransay. It could be the West Indies. It's not, it's better!
Just back from a few days south of home but still in the Hebrides - Harris,
Taransay, Berneray and North Uist - on the bikes and camping.
Ok, here's the first neg-scans. The first one is on N.Uist, the second Berneray and our campsite and the last two from a roll I took on Taransay on a trip organised by the Island Book Trust. A fine day was had by all - especially Eve & I. The island is owned by Angus who also owns the camping site at Horgabost and runs a jet-boat trip to this island in the summer. Well worth the trip too.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Another Cyanotype

Here's one from a 6x9 neg enlarged onto OHP film and printed on watercolour paper and toned in tannic acid.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A Grand Day Out

Last Saturday Eve & I went over to South Lochs to attend a stroll with the island's archaeological society led by John Randall - seen here on the left talking to Piers from Edinburgh. Firstly we looked at an old cleared settlement and some surprisingly good house remains. Then it was off to look at the Ravenspoint centre where the Angus Macloed archives are held.
After this it was over to Cromor and Charley Barley's island - whose name escapes me - via a nice causeway that is exposed at low tides. It a wonderful place where an old chapel sits on the shoreline. A truly wonderful day.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Biking again

I have been out on my bicycle. First time for years since I have been recovering from CFS lately yet managed a couple of rides along the coast to Bac and back! Lovely to feel my old legs turning the pedals again - although not as fast as my dear partner Eve used to. Eve was World Masters track Cycling Champion in 2006.
Anyway, took the time to stop and chat to this chap who was planting down near the beach in Breavig - then snapped him wif my Zorki6 loaded with ilfordPan400. I had to distract the fine fellow with inspired questions about cabbage root fly and like - but he was quite happy to have me snapping away. Sadly the place is mired by old cars - this was one of two.
Found this nice scene on the way to Breavig too - looking out over Gress.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Thursday, May 15, 2008


I have a new to me camera. In fact its a 1936 Zeiss Ikon folding camera and yes, I have already run a roll of film through it and printed some pics - which i will show later.
in the meantime, here's an old pic rejuvenated flikr stylee.

And here, after a frantic developing and printing session is the first pic out from the Zeiss Ikon 6x4.5 1930s folder

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Sometimes there is such nice light in a photo you really don't need much more. I think this one is a case in point. Taken from the cliff looking over Garry beach near North Tolsta, isle of lewis.

Colour - again

This time a neg scan from a trip down Uig direction. Tis a lovely area and well worth the time to cycle down that way given half a chance. And since the weather is great again today, I shall be trolling out for a little bike ride as soon as I finish this. ByeBye

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Eve & I went to Cuba a couple of years ago and wonderful people they are. Took a few snap while I was there and just decided to print this one as a VanDyke print.
This was a lovely hill village near Vinales a local lad took us to.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Peat-Bank Man

Hewn from the soil and snapped with my Ziess Ikon folder, this image of a fellow peat-cutter here in North Tolsta was taken one sunny morning. The print is a cyanotype toned with tannic acid.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Time for Colour

The sun has been out and the colour film nestling in my fridge wants to get out. Just for fun you understand - I feel that the colours in B&W are much better.
Anyway, Tolsta, where we stay on the island [live that is] is lovely. When the sun is shining it is superb! The beaches are very nice and a great place to while away a few moments while walking the dogs - or taking snaps. here's scene doing all three .

Friday, May 09, 2008

World Cup Winners twice over x 4

Images; Larry Hickmott for British Cycling
Jon Norfolk riding with Ant Jam-Man Kappes and Ellen Hunter[top riding with Jon Norfolk] riding with Aileen McGlynn MBE won their second Gold medals at the recent paralympic world Cup in Manchester today. Brilliant riding by the lot of you.
Oh, and it seem like Sharpie and Mr P Hunter made it both to the start and finish line in the puruit challenge where they recorded a fantastic time and were fastest.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Rock & Sand

Rock & Sand - Traigh Mhor

Sam on Strawberry Hill
The weather up here has been tremendous of late. Sunshine and a soft breeze has been making the place feel more like the Caribbean. In between cutting the peats, I have managed a little snapping. Her's a couple from the Zorki rangefinder. Film is Era100

Big up to Jon Norfolk [sen in yesterdays Van Dyke print] and Ant 'Jam-Man' Kappes who won the World Cup paralympic tandem kilo TT today with a world record time. great rides from members of Yasumitsu-Schlapp.
More Schlappers, Ellen Hunter who rides with Aileen Mcglynn MBE and Paul Hunter who rides the tandem with Ian Sharpe are riding thr World cup so we wait with anticipation.

Ellen Hunter with MiLady Mcglynn took the womens kilo tt and yet another world record. Getting a bit boring now...

Van Dyke

Since its been so warm and sunny, going into the darkroom for long spells is less than appealing. So, been making van dyke prints which involve making the light sensitive emulsion, preparing then coating the paper [in the darkroom doh!] then exposing under sunlight. then there's the development in water and fixing in hypo. You can read more about the process here .

Monday, May 05, 2008


We are most fortunate in this village in having lovely neighbours - some of whom we know well and others less so. This delightful painting was created by one of our younger neighbours and presented to my partner Eve as she was planting the caulies. I think it may depict me :-)

Just before disaster...

I took this image. Then a camera on a tripod fell face first into the sand ! Not too good for the works me thinks! ah well, such is life. and the evening was superb as it the weather today. just like a summers day today.

Saturday, May 03, 2008


There's an island down Harris way reached by a bridge and bathed in the most wonderful light sometimes. Don't miss the opportunity to go there should you be on the Western Isles. Go by bicycle.
This snap of a Scalpay building is for Donnie Mackay

I like this

... the glasshouse

Going West

For the last few days we have had the pleasure of Mr Paul West for company. Paul, with whom I used to work, has just finished working for British Cycling in Manchester and is embarking on a spot of travelling - and the Western Isles were his first stop.
After a spot of Peat Cutting - Paul had a look round the island in the wonderfully warm weather we have been having.
The nice thing is we saw about a dozen cyclists out riding on Friday - two here seen riding towards Floddabay on Harris.