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.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


The Watcher

Another almost ruined snap from my over-developed roll.

North Berwick since you ask.

Yes we got about a bit. the head is still spinning - as if it doesn't normally.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017


I had my head switched off the other day when I decided to develop some films. This film - Rollei 400s 120 got double cooked. Only, unlike chips, it didn't make them any better. I'd developed the thing in Rodinal then mixed up what i thought was fresh fix only it was more developer with a splash of fix in. Trust me, it doesn't work so well. I did fix it properly but to say it was over developed is an understatement. I rescued it a bit on the pooter.

And yes, it was a snap from our Tour de Yorkshire jaunt.

Monday, May 08, 2017


There were elections there too.
Nice place to cast your vote I'd say. Near Lochinver, Assynt.

We had a day to jolly around so we went up the coast on single track roads to the Pie Cafe in Lochinver and came back on the bigger road. Right lovely day it was too. Past by a location of a Fay Godwin image or three.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Sad news

Very sad news to report; Sue Rowlston aka "Mum Crofter" passed away peacefully recently after a short illness. She leaves her husband of 50 years, David, son and daughter-in-law Paul and Gemma, and newly born grand-daughter Emily Mae.

A tireless worker on Paul's North Tolsta croft in recent years, Sue was a born and bred Yorkshire-woman. 

Sue will be sorely missed by everyone, not least by her lovely family. 

Did I tell you?

 We went and watched  the Tour of Yorkshire. Cycle racing and all that. Lovely couple of days and superb countryside too. Not forgetting the tea-room in the village hall complete with brass band and male voice choir - apparently. We didn't hear them as we were huddled behind a dry-stone wall awaiting the race out of the cool wind.

You get your monies worth at road cycling. you wait with others on a windy hill exchanging banter for a few hours then, whoosh, the race comes and goes in half a moment. All for free.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

TdY again

Yep, been away. Come back all happy to back on our littleish island.

Visited Yorkshire to see Mum-in-law, went to Hepworth gallery -again. Ate and was happy if not merry and drove a million miles.

The cycle race had an excellent feel about it. Couldn't fault it apart from the less than warm wind that blew. Was still fun though.

Thursday, May 04, 2017


The toon doesn't get much of a look-in when snappage from the island is shown. This despite the fact that cruise ships disgorge their inmates into the place on a regular basis from now till later in the year. Here, are a few iconic images of contemporary 'stones' around the place.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017


Off island at present with my dearest delightful Eve. Soon be back from the mainland.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Grand day for a stroll on the beach

As is the way here, as soon as the weather perks up, there's a rush to the beaches. I counted two people this day - pretty rammed really.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Will she get home safely?

Imagined seascape.

It arrived here on the paper from goodness knows where but it speaks to me.

On Adox FB

Friday, April 28, 2017

Barking mad

There it is; inspired by the nasty doggie that bit me.
PQ developer
Tetenal fix
Paper glue
Bleach/ sepia
Kodak FB paper

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Not all sunshine here in Spring

We got wet. Toots and I. Toots was collecting pixels with some ancient electronic device, fannying around and everything so missing the light. Oh deary me. He is co-authoring a book which seems to include a lot of concrete things so that's why we were - sorry, he was - collecting concrete infused pixels.

Up at the road to nowhere we were and no snow in sight - despite that effect here from the Foma400 film in ID11.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

William and Charlie

William is the one with the knapsack I might add here. Wouldn't want you to get the wrong idea. Not sure what happened to Charlie since this was 2011 when I shot the both of them with a Kiev60 [with a leaking shutter]. That was back in the day and everything.

I still have the Kiev 60 and bring it out to play when I am feeling strong and the light is low. It's a f2.8 lens - if that means anything to you - so it works well when the light rays are less than fullsome. Must try and resolve that shutter issue really as the lens is lovely. I mean, look at that sheeps legs. Eh? Lovely aren't they?

Just so you know how lucky we are to live here, the rain/sleet/snow is battering the window as I write, blown as it is by the gale that comes in from Greenland. Not sure the lambs are enjoying it at all.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Walking with Toots

I took it upon myself to encourage Toots to leave the confines of his beach opposite his house and come to one of 'our' beaches. Only, we spent most of the time taking a portrait of the Bridge here on the 'Road to Nowhere much'.  looking out over Garry beach. It's an early concrete bridge built under the auspices of Lord Leverhulme by local men in the main. The road to Ness was never finished, it is said because of the locals having a disagreement about land with the Lord. However, it is a nice stroll for a mile or two along the coast on a track to a fine bog at the other end. Traverse this bog and you too could walk to Ness. By why you ask? I have no answer.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Acid rain over Penguin Mountain

Made this Sunday morning thinking about dearest Eve as she was out cycling in the drizzle that was. And no, I didn't have bad dreams in the night, I just 'realised' this image as it were. Love this process as the images make more sense to my warped mind than most others.

Of course you need to have the details;
Penguin Mountain - imagination
Acid rain - bleach/sepia
PQ developer
Tetenal  fix
Shower gel
Agfa RC paper.

Sunday, April 23, 2017


Yes it's Foma retro 320 film again - shot at 640. A suitably retro but effective iconic island bus shelter poses. Again.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Polypan again

The sun shone the other day. Bit of a shock as it happens though the warmth of the day didn't really match the brightness. Our proposed expedition in the wee boatee didn't materialise as neither Eve or I could face the cutting wind. But we did take a cool stroll on the beach at Gress on the way back from Stormoway and the boat.

Of course I had a camera with me. Who do you think I am? The Zenit 11 given to me by Alex Boyd was loaded with some of the Polypan-f film I have. I like it . It's cheap. The stuff has no anti-halation layer and it is very thin. But it is cheap. Have I told you that?

Despite a light leak on some frames, overly aggressive flare on the lens and freezing hands, these snaps are really ordinary.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Too hard on the shutter

Multi-exposures. Like em or hate em. Me? Not won over to either camp at the moment. I might have to experiment more .
Tried this in the EOS 500n the local very kind pharmacist gave me. How lovely she is..

Monday, April 17, 2017