Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Whew! Now that my little temp job thing has at last concluded, I may have time to make a few new snaps. At least I hope so.

In the meantime, before the new output comes online so to speak, here is a Vandyke of the great Mr Windy who came on a visitation with Mrs Windy recently and sat still for me to snap him up with the old plate camera.
listen to this;

Monday, June 22, 2009

Playing the 8x10 accordion

Here we see Toots Wilson playing his 8x10 accordion out over Pentland Moor. Best place for it!
My leetle effort on 645 Ikonta over Achmore way

Friday, June 19, 2009

A musical voyage

Gwyn, The Huffsters in t'middle and Simon wif some medals.

Do you ever get a sort of strange deja vu when you are trying to chill out so to speak. I had this feeling whilst listening to Voyages de Nuit at An Lanntair last nuit.

Some years ago when I was working teaching people how to ride round in ovals on a bit of wood on bicycles in Manchester, I ran a cycle team. The team name was yasumitsu-schlapp-and I think if you google that you will get the idea. We had some great riders - Paralympic triple gold medalist Ellen Hunter who piloted Aileen Mcglynn to the wins on a tandem in Athens & Bejing, Ant Kappes - twice paralympic tandem stoker at Bejing, and countless national and World Masters champions including my dear partner Eve. And not forgetting The Huffsters [Phil Huff / FilHough etc]- an over-muscled sprinter with that languid stylee that made him so laid back he was in gave danger of falling asleep.

Well, I sat there in An Lanntair letting the music wash over me and wondered why the Huffsters was up there playing a 4x10 Gandolfi accordian. Eh? It seems the Huffsters has a fine look-alike in Luke Daniels - even down to the languid half-awake/sleep look. I can't seem to find a nice snap of Mr Daniels but, if you look on this snap you can see what the back of his alter ego looks like :-) And of course he is there above with his best Schlapp stance.

Needless to say the Voyages de Nuit concert was brill. Hear them sometime.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Apologies for the quietness here. Seem to have got overrun by work for goodness sake! In the meantime, before I get over-posting again you can have a look at Mr Windy's blog.

No, the snap here is nmot Mr Windy but Mr West who came up from Engerland for a visitaion. Taken with the plate camera on film and printed as a VanDyke.

BTW; You may remember I mentioned that Rab is retiring this week after 134 years at Riggs Road. I made a Blurb book for this event and you can look see some of the pages here. And buy it too if you care.

Sunday, June 07, 2009


My fav so far and destined for the darkroom !

Just back from a couple of days on North Uists and Berneray camping at the Berneray YH - for which many thanks. Here's a couple of snaps taken with the 1930s Ikonta 645 Rf on PAnf - from and of the campsite.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Proper print and everything

Since a bod has left a nice comment about still suing proper cameras and film, here's a proper sepia toned print too!

Monday, June 01, 2009


Despite the rest of the Uk basking in the warm sunshine, Tolsta, the village where I reside, cowers under a local mist. I say local because if you pop down the road a mile or two its clear!
The great thing about this is that it doesn't get too hot and I can manage an hour in the darkroom. But not before i took a light stroll around the village and called for an idle chat wif the locals.