Thursday, June 13, 2019

ON rc paper

yep, Ilford RC paper from a Polypan-f neg. Wamnted to a quick darkroom sesh and found tthis gem - part of a  35mm neg. I like it very much. [until I turned it upside down :-( ]

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Artist [formerly known as Jon]

Here, The Artist [formerly known as Jon] works in one of his 'offices'. The modern man at work while that weeks' charges [Riitta & Karoline] play in the landscape.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


We have weather here. All our own weather and everything. In Tolsta we can have fog whilst in the next village bright sunshine and on the other side of the island rain. Such it was the other day, that ill-fated day when I fell off my bike again. Sunshine all over the island except the little spot on Great Bernera where we were cycling [and the 'Free' Church were having a a beach party ] where we had torrential rain.

Of course I used a hand held meter for this.

Monday, June 10, 2019

I was there too once

Look, don't bother me please. I fell off my bike again the other day and I'm sore. My neck aches, my leg is bruised as is my self-worth. I am, it has to be said, sad.

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Another wall

Ms Riitta the Stylist/Artist goes back to her home in NY now. NY I hear you ask [ I used to have good hearing you know]. Yes even though Riitta is Finnish she reside in USofA with her wife.

We here on the island are hoping that both Riitta and Karoline come back for another visit. Such an inspiring two.

Thursday, June 06, 2019

them eyes are getting bigger

Those international Scandinavian artists Riitta and Karoline here preparing a site for the studio the other day. I took the liberty of snapping them up as they rummaged around only, I don't seem to have the got the hang of the colour thing. In fact, I'm not sure I ever have got the hang of how to do it properly with film. I shall have to have lessons or something.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019


Lf you ever been up here on the island, one thing that becomes apparent quickly it that we 'do' telegraph and leci poles. I love the look of them and if can include them in my snaps. For some reason I hate the look of wind-turbines.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Vivitar UWS

I miss my Vivitar UW&S camera now it is deceased. It worked ok here in Naples. Perhaps the mafia got to it.

Monday, June 03, 2019

Eyes as big as plates

Riitta [triple RRRRRRR on pronunciation] sporting the headress she made from the fruits of the peatbank. I wore this thing - imagine! Then they covered me with more heather so  you could hardly see me [better] and then shot me on film. eh? How good is that? Brilliant actually. can't wait to see the image. I did tell them I am Andrea One-Chin Ingram so it should be ok. oooof, it looks like a peat spirit has settled next to Riitta in the snap above.

Riitta and Karoline on the peat bank. Riitta is Finnish out of New York whilst Karoline is Norwegian out of Norwegianshire - or somewhere like that.

These lovelies are giving a talk on their work in an Lanntair on Tuesday at 6pm. be there if you can.

It with great sadness that I must tell you of the passing of the wonderful HHHCB - our cat who was knocked down yesterday and died instantly. We shall miss her enormously.

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Riitta and Karoline

International artists Riitta and Karoline were out on Tolsta peats looking a place to build their new gallery. Only, they were put off by the locality of the newly planned turbines so just planned a shoot instead. This was out in the evening checking the site. Check their wonderful website out - and go to their talk at Lanntair this coming Tuesday evening - for FREE.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Thursday, May 30, 2019


2014. this boat sailed into harbour and the Croatian Man From Croatia visited. Have a look and remind yourself with his excellent work from here.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019


Have you noticed I haven't much to say at the moment?
That's because I haven't much to say at the moment.
And that's despite Norman the snail going feral.

Saturday, May 25, 2019


Oh, the roads, the roads. Love em as they are. Not much traffic either and sometimes, just sometimes sunshine.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

We shall miss them here

I'm meaning Mr Windy and Deanne who have now left the island after twenty plus years living on the island here. They are off to another part of Scotland where Deanne has much nicer and better job and Mr Windy is plotting more Audax events. I took the snap of Mr Windy last week - but I really didn't like the snap of Deanne I took. It didn't do her lovely looks justice - mainly on account of the snap being out of focus - and that with an AF camera. So I have included a previous snap from last year and here Deanne's loveliness shines through.

We wish them much happiness in their new location - and hope to visit them soon ..

Monday, May 20, 2019

The Wall

 Yes, that wall again. My favourite wall actually, winding it's way across Bhaltos. It is, without doubt, divine. I introduced Mr Toots to it the other day and he pointed his 5x7 at it.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

around there

  No campervans.
No deck chairs or ice creams.

And a lovely place to be. To just be.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

there again. up a bit

Of course I had been here before, only not looked out this way much and I wish I had. Is interestinating and what have you. Walls, roads,and rocks. Eh? What's not to like?

Friday, May 17, 2019


I love Harris. For those who don't know, it's adjoined to the island of Lewis where I live although its landscape is somewhat different. At the moment I have been taking a few trips down there with Mr Toots who is documenting the place for a wee project he is putting together. I go along for the coffee, cakes and occasional snapping up. this is one of my snaps from such a trip.

Here the rock is old. Have a look at this for that info. It looks old anyway. Lots of erratics around the place too. Very exciting if like me you have a geographical education - even if you can't remember most of it. Consequently, i'm not sure what is here in this snap - hills and stuff probably.

Needless to say it is a rubbish snapped as it's pushed film developed in PQ universal developer.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

When you have a friend who wants to use a 5x7 camera in a gale.

By the way, it seems like some Boxes and Bellows / Island Crofter blog groupies have been around the village recently. snapping up the crofters gaff and what have you. at least someone is looking at this stuff.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

yes, I have been doing stuff

I did do this pinhole paperneg [inverted on pooter] the other day down Harris way on a little day out with The Toots. Love the house and the location :-)

I have been doing her stuff but not writing about it if you have noticed. I have a right to a life you know!

I'm trying not to drive the car so much, fly about the globe or consume so much so I can try and do a bit for our ailing biosphere.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

flower print

Been messing about. Took this snap with the Bronica, std lens ans close up lenses held in front. Film was Foma100 developed in good old Rodinal. Printed that [11"x 11" ] in the presence of Toots in his nice darkroom using a piece of his old Forte cold tone paper which I then sepia toned. Nice eh?

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Bigger negs

5x7 neg eh?
Yup, dug out a neg carrier and some old Shanghai 100 film then went out with Toots for a wee trip down the island. This was on the way back between the showers and hiding Toots' 5x7 camera out of the cold gusty wind behind the car.
Developed the neg in PQ developer then contact printed onto Ilford MGRC. Nice eh>

Seaforth Loch and seafood van.

Friday, May 10, 2019

We have Tulips

This is one of them lurking above others.
In black and white. I prefer them that way.

And before someone ask I used a standard lens on 6x6 medium format with close up lenses held in front

Thursday, May 09, 2019

This is where ....

This is precisely where 'it' crosses over from there to here and a mountain top pops out to have a look.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Sometimes I stop on the way back from work

I might as well stop and take a snap. I don't 'do' landscapes but I should feel I should show you what I have to put up with. If you want to visit, come up on your bicycles or hire them when here.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

I'm there so you don't have to be

I'm there for work so I can snap it up while I'm there. You look and say "ahh" and that helps prevents a sea of campervans and leaves the road clear for the sheeps to sleep on and the cyclists to use.