Friday, September 30, 2005

Number Four. Blue Stone

Taken in the Cairngorms, side-on rather than top down, this large boulder opened up many possibilities as I looked at it. During the exhibition, some saw a serpent's eye, some commented on the softness that the lichen seems to coat the rock with. Others noticed the depth in the picture, (which may not come across at this size), especially below the 'eye'. Presented almost as number 3 was 24"x16", white mount and black frame, but matt this time.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Number Three. Awful Offal

This was presented at 24"x16" on a 3.5" white mount in a 3/4" black glossy frame. It was given this name by the person that bought the first of the limited edition of 7. It was taken on Gower near Swansea, looking vertically down on rocks as the tide was going out. As the water left and the rocks dried out the effect of the water on how the surface 'felt' changed. Here the rock looks soft enough to be as floppy as a fish, and, with some of the curves reinforcing the perception, many people at the exhibition give it a title like that.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Number Two. Gurnards Head

Presented at the same size, mount and frame as number 1. This was taken in the far west of Cornwall as the tide was coming in. I climbed further and further down the rocky headland getting nearer to sea level and the power of the waves. At one point I was hit by a wave and almost dragged into the sea with all my kit. Luckily this shot was on a film already safelytucked away and stayed dry. (The camera survived too.)

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Exhibition photos one at a time with comments

Number One. Strange Shore.

This was presented as a 30" x 40" print framed with a 4" white mount within a matt black 2" frame.

The shot is across a sandy bay in the Western Isles. The orientation of the bay, winds and tides mean that sand has flowed into the bay but not been scoured out. The streams making their way through the sand to the sea have carved complex interlocking shapes. Many visitors saw a dead landscape, lunar or desert.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Another door from an odd angle

Our house has barn attached, and this little door is half way up the wall.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

I like French Windows and Doors

The medieval village of Auzon in Auvergne has many superb architectural features. Some are relatively modern, but no less interesting to me as photographic subjects. This one has had some Photoshop treatment to coarsen the grain.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Today's photo

This was taken at La Chaise Dieu. When I looked down the cloister, the strong sunlight created shapes on the floor that looked like tombstones or even broadly human figures. I used photoshop to reduce the detail of the picture until I thought I couldn't take away any more without losing that idea.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

The Exhibition Photos (in reverse order)

All shown with just numbers for now. When the exhibition ends on 24th, I'll republish and add the titles and impressions of the viewers, plus my own titles and the story behind each one.











I decided to open my photographs to interpretation as much as possible by keeping the titles I gave them secret for now. There they hang in the local library, with their numbers, and a little form for people to write down titles they might give them. I collected a few this morning, and it's nice to see what people have come up with. Once I've sorted out 'Hello' again, I'll be posting the photos too.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

It all stopped as usual

France in the summer stops. I've said it before. Others have said it before and since. It's not news. But it's still a pain in the erse. Especially since it's contagious. It's like trying to carry on a game of rugby when you're the only one on the ptich. You might run in one try, but then you're stuck waiting for no-one to kick-off to you.

So I stopped too. And then there was the accident with the wood pile that left me out of action for two weeks with agonising back pain. But even so, I managed to get a small exhibition of my photographs together in the local town. I've sold one, only another 3 to go to break even ...