Thursday, February 28, 2013

I blame it on Coelyne of the Coelynes

Yesterday, over at the Oiseval Gallery where Coelyne of the Coelynes hangs out, he chided me to 'express myself using the Hasselblad' or some such nonsense like that. So I took him at his word, loaded some suitably out of date and well matured Ilford FP4 into the old Hassie and set off down to the beach hereabouts.

Twas lovely I have to admit - even though a little rain came and dampened me a little. And the climb back up nearly killed me - so much so I popped over to Bac Pharmacy to see if my blood pressure was still on the scale. It was as it happens. Only not so low as it could be. Must be all the pressure of taking a landscape type portrait that did it.

That's this century's landscape done then!

For Coelyne of the Coelynes

See, two specialed-up snaps especially for the Coelyne of the Coelynes. Henerietta Cartier-Bresson asked me to post these. Seems like she is in charge round here now!

No, I don't know what they are - or even if they are the right way up, or down for that matter. Who cares? Nice sploges and everything, made with love and care. Selected especially for my co-cyanotyper and everything.

Just as well Coelyne of the Coelyne does not actually read this stuff. I caught him only looking at the snaps yesterday and not ploughing his way through this carefully composed trollop. :-)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Crafting at Barvas

If I can find this print, I might just have it on show at the Barvas and Brue Community Crafty thing this Sat - over at Barvas and Brue Community Centre. Tis a lovely place with lots going on all through the year - even singing and dancing for goodness sakes!

Many apologies, it's me. Looking all,,,, all,,, something. And everything. The print is a cyanotype and myself and Coelyne of the Coelynes will be demonstrating how two disparate types of print-makers can make a mess of the affair in two totally different ways!

I have also produced a couple of glass-plates taken yesterday which, given a fair wind and some positive vibes, I will attempt to transpose into a cyanotype print before your very eyes - without even a safety net [sits back and waits for applause]. Mind you, you might have to watch for a while as the old glass plates [Ilford R25 if you really want to know] are a bit dense and messy to boot. Perhaps I should have emailed Ilford to complain since they are only about 30 years out of date.

Yes, it's me again. I mean, who else can you get a short notice to sit nearly still in front of Toot's 4x5? Eh? And I don't come cheap either! Actually, I moved purposely so you can't see how much I have aged between shots - about 10 mins apart. :-)

Apparently, it all starts at 2pm.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I make no apologies

The sun is shining and if you think I'm going to spend precious hours thinking of something snappy to say here, you are going to wait a long time today.

In the meantime, two snaps in homage to Andre Kertesz.

Monday, February 25, 2013


That last snap reminds me of this place - The Somerset Levels. Me elder skin and blister lives there and Mum used to.

See, I used to be able to make a nice snap. I may be able to again one day :-(

Over Cromor way. Nearly.

Took ourselves off to see William and Gemma over at the wonderful village of Cromor. The sun was shining again so we took a little detour round the area. Not that there are many options. This is the road. Nice innit?
I snook around with the Ilford Sporti camera with HP5, sloshed it in Rodinal 1:100 for a while and here we have it.

BTW: the sun is still shining :-)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

That'll learn you!

I might be back but Mrs 'Up Yours' might well be joining the sphere of blogging. Now, if you think this is gentle madness............ I shall keep you up dated as it were.

Now, this cheerfull chappie, who, as it happens lives down the road near the sheeps of The Crofter [in a house and everything - unlike the sheeps] had been spraying the next door hoosey with gravel or something. Sort of making it more cosy I suppose. Certainly it looks nicer but this snap caught The Worker* not smiling - for the fiirst time ever.[*Yes, I do know his name but not how to spell it!]. The Worker was in a dilemma [A bit like a Cortina but with less panache] as to whether to really smile, grimace or merely 'be'. You can make your mind up what he chose. I miss his cheery demeanour outside now.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Back with more gentle madness

Been away. With the fairies a bit, in England a bit and now, at last I am back with access to the pooterland.
I missed saying stuff. There are piles of negs here so be warned!

In the meantime, enjoy this portrait of a loch from a recent stroll with the Smitlings.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

A path to the cemetery

If one pops over the road from here, down onto croft number 10, go down the field and you'll come across this. A lovely path that courts the land between the top of the crofts and their bottoms. It passes down the way towards the long beach to the village cemetery. Only there's a road down to the cemetery now from further up the village and this path sees little use - bar a few animals and Clocks who passes this way from time to time. And me.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Where is this, eh?

It's a door. A nice door. An old door too. With a supermarket trolley outside. In Stornoway. I ask you? In Stornoway?

Mr Toots showed me it. I'd seen it before as it happens but missed the huge bell that hangs on the wall just above. Twas for to bring the childlings into the school - when it was a school - or something like that.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

You didn't think I'd resist did you?

I can hardly ever resist taking a portrait of this place - it lies just down the road a few moments stroll from where I sit tapping out this. Nice isn't it eh? Apart from over Skye way I can't recall a place like it. [ Just in case you look at the link, it is, I know a tad bigger on Skye - and of different rock etc - so Eve tells me . Typical; make one obvious link and you get ten reasons why it's different. It really doesn't matter. Trust me].

Obviously, I've hardly been anywhere so it doesn't count for much.

The Hasselblad was with me - but no tripod so I hand-held it and used a bigger aperture than one might on such an occasion  A bigger aperture than Toots would have used anyway. He's Mr f64 if only he had an aperture that small on his beloved Isolette.

I don't know why I bother. Honestly!

Monday, February 04, 2013

No, I didn't drink

Actually I did. Coffee to start with - with my cornflakes and soya milk then a green tea chaser. Maybe it all went to my elbows and my old Mum used to say. Looks like it anyway. I was trying for ART. You know, things you hang on the wall and look at - more than once.

Eve & I went to the Modern Art Gallery in Edinburgh once. Just the once though the cafe was excellent. All fresh, raw salads and things, fair-trade water and a view. Inside the gallery was a sheeps in smelly stuff to preserve it. Poor thing, what had it done to deserve that. Upset Damien Hirst obviously.

I loved Sir Eduardo Paoliozzi's studio that is situated in one of the buildings. I could play in that for ages. I need a studio here in the village really. Just a small one - with a view.

BTW; Just so you understand, these are NOT landscapes, they are portraits of places. Now you know!

Sunday, February 03, 2013

I learnt something..

See that? That's a wall in Stornoway. Not any old wall mind you. 

I was recently out in Stornoway with Mr Toots Wilson, ex-something planning in the council before he retired. Knows a thing or two about buildings and passed a little of his vast knowledge to me on this day. This wall is not any old wall, it bounds one side of Barvas House - I think it's called that. May have heard it wrong but it is a house, that's definite. The wall was made in four parts - obvious because of the lines one can see where the shuttering was. The stones within were from a beach and, apparently, twas one of the first concrete things on the island - or something like that anyway. They love concrete up here. It's everywhere - even poured concrete house ornamentation. Eh? And bus shelters. Bus shelters made of concrete that will still be there long after humans have all left this planet one way or another.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

I'm trying to please.

It is another snap from my stroll on the beach a few days ago. What do you expect? Something new! Eh?
Anyway, the Perkeo was on a roll by now. Capturing the essence of the place with abandon- although not always with accuracy. The was both accurate and abandoned. Perhaps not abandoned actually. I could hear the grazing committee dialling my house as I wrote that - so I'll retract it. Immediately.

Although having said that, there are a few crofts that don't seem to get much use these days. Not even a sheeps on them.

Friday, February 01, 2013

There was an eagle that looked somewhat golden, behind my right ear

That's better. Proper winter's day on the beach just over there [pointing uselessly to my left]. The sun was shining yesterday don't you know.

We exchanged pleasantries at the shoppe as we bought our 'things'. Lots of lovelies there that morning going out now one can stand upright and not have to hold onto something to prevent an unexpected swim in the sea.

Yes, I told you before that I walked here. Just over there [again pointing in a totally useless way at the screen but feeling better for it] along the top of the dunes after strolling down there [pointing etc....] on the way up the sand. Then I espied an eagle soaring up on the breeze, looking for rabbits no doubt for a nice furry breakfast. Golden hues glinting in the sun. I turned as it was time to shoot a shot with the Perkeo and the eagle flew just behind my right ear. Not literally you understand! What do you take me for ? A Mad woman?

Don't answer that.