Monte Carlo or Bust …

… or, how one thing leads to another.

I blame Tish Farrell for this line of thought – it was the story of the allotment bottom test that had me thinking of Donald McGill and smut 😉

I walk into a shop in Hexham and announce to the lady behind the counter – “I am interested in your bust” – pregnant pause – “Ah, yes sir, you mean the one in the window”. Smirking like a schoolboy, “But of course, what else”.  That’s more or less how it happened which goes some way to explain why our house resembles a Scandi Noir crime scene (and that came from an exchange with the wonderfully creative Katherine Anne Griffiths at Photobooth Journal).

To explain – there is a torso in the bedroom created by Dennis Kilgallon and the aforementioned bust.  In the second bedroom there is half a head attached to the wall, a cast from a statue at either Belsay or Wallington Hall, I forget which.  In the lounge there is another bust and in my study/playroom, a pair of lips act as a paperweight.

Stay with me – as regular readers of this blog will be aware, I have spent three years persuading Nikon they needed to exchange my flawed Nikon D600 for the D610 and eventually they came good.  So here I am with the an expensive and very fine full frame DSLR supported by a variety of equally expensive prime lenses and what do I do – spend £26 on eBay buying a Holga pinhole lens and attach it to the D610.  These are the results:

Through a pinhole ...

Eleanor Rigby ...

Another Holga ...

The inspiration for pinhole photography came from fellow Blipper – Flashcube.

On an entirely different topic, I was back in Newbiggin again yesterday – more golf in perfect condtions. Having levelled some criticism at the Couple for being inaccessible in the previous post, I was told there is a land based equivalent, so I went looking.  I was not disappointed and yes, John Updike would be delighted to know, there are Couples:Eb and Flo ...

The Couple ...

PS – in conversation with a local, I learned they are known locally as Eb and Flo. Opinion is still divided; this particular resident would have preferred a miner and fisherman.


  1. Tish Farrell · February 18, 2017

    I say, you’ve implicated me all sorts of naughtiness here 🙂 Not only that – there seem to be body parts in the bedrooms – oh my goodness, Robin.But at least it all comes right in the end with the photos. Fine pix. Mysterious and atmospheric. I also love pinhole photography. It truly is like making magic. I seem to recall stuckage artist Billy Childish (as once with Tracy Emin) did a series around Medway. And did you ever see that BBC episode with Anthony Armstrong Jones making a pinhole camera?

    • northumbrianlight · February 18, 2017

      A partner in crime, Tish – no avoiding it 🙂 I missed the Anthony Armstrong Jones episode and sadly can’t find it on Youtube. I think putting a pinhole lens on a DSLR is probably not in the true spirit of pinhole photography but you still get interesting/authentic results.

      • Tish Farrell · February 18, 2017

        I think it’s a great idea re pinhole lens. We’ve tried searching Google and You Tube too. Shame his series wasn’t perhaps preserved. Also Billy Childish is a stuckist; it’s me who has the stuckage.

      • Tish Farrell · February 18, 2017

        Forgot to thank you for the ping 🙂

  2. Sue · February 18, 2017

    Pinhole on aD610?? What an insult…. 😉😉

    • northumbrianlight · February 18, 2017

      Travesty innit, Sue 😀 If you hack the image too much in Photoshop, strange moiré patterns start appearing which seem to match the structure of the sensor – kinda gives the game away 😉

      • Sue · February 18, 2017


  3. sustainabilitea · February 18, 2017

    Better than a pinhead, right? Bust? Ha, ha. Thanks for the smiles and the great shots.


    • northumbrianlight · February 18, 2017

      Many thanks Janet 🙂 You touch on an interesting point – I wonder if some of the above falls into the realms of colloquialism and may not be fully understood outside the UK.

  4. Cate Franklyn · February 18, 2017

    You’re busted, my friend!

  5. Scott K Marshall · February 18, 2017

    Humopur and pinhole photography on the same blog brilliant

    • northumbrianlight · February 18, 2017

      Many thanks, much appreciated Scott and also all the other likes and comments which I will answer soon.

  6. J.D. Riso · February 18, 2017

    Hahahaha. Nothing like a juvenile play on words. 😉
    The pinhole photography is fabulous. I sometimes cheat even more and just use software filters.

    • northumbrianlight · February 18, 2017

      Many thanks – there is not much light gets through to the viewfinder on a DSLR so you end up shooting in the dark, particularly indoors.
      Glad the juvenile play on words worked 😉 US and UK body part naming isn’t always consistent 😀

  7. Photobooth Journal · February 19, 2017

    Hey Robin! Thanks for the shoutout and compliment. I’m well chuffed. 😊😊 I’ve looked for the post where I made that comment as I remember really loving the photos, but it must’ve been a long while back, as I couldn’t find it. Do you have a link you could send me?

    I’m working hard to get my place looking like a Scandi Noir crime scene but just don’t have your knack! 💀😊😊

    • northumbrianlight · February 19, 2017

      A very justifiable shoutout, your images are endlessly fascinating – our brief Scandi Noir exchange was about Weird Strange post on 13/2 – it was that last image that I found slightly disconcerting, Keep up the good work Katherine!

      • Photobooth Journal · February 20, 2017

        Thanks Robin! My memory is shocking, as I was looking for a comment on one of your photos! I’m chuffed you like my blog so much.😃 Thanks again!

  8. restlessjo · February 20, 2017

    The pinhole pics are beautiful, however you did it 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · February 21, 2017

      Many thanks, Jo – as generous as ever about my meanderings, be it with words or pictures 🙂

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