… 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:
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:
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.
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?
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.
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.
Forgot to thank you for the ping 🙂
Pinhole on aD610?? What an insult…. 😉😉
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 😉
Better than a pinhead, right? Bust? Ha, ha. Thanks for the smiles and the great shots.
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.
You’re busted, my friend!
Guilty as charged! 😀
Humopur and pinhole photography on the same blog brilliant
Many thanks, much appreciated Scott and also all the other likes and comments which I will answer soon.
Hahahaha. Nothing like a juvenile play on words. 😉
The pinhole photography is fabulous. I sometimes cheat even more and just use software filters.
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 😀
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! 💀😊😊
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!
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!
The pinhole pics are beautiful, however you did it 🙂
Many thanks, Jo – as generous as ever about my meanderings, be it with words or pictures 🙂