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Showing posts from February, 2018

shadow #2, on post-industrial land

This former industrial site is only a few hundred metres from the city centre. As you can tell from its overgrown condition it fell into disuse some time ago and currently exists in an intermediary state. At a few places around the perimeter where the bushes are more substantial there are signs of occasional human habitation. Foliage has been pressed inwards near the base, like a low space hollowed out and a shabby mattress installed, presumably by those resorting to sleeping rough. The sun was intense but it was a cold day.

shadow #1, on former industrial site

PJ #2

PJ #1, (afternoon in winter)

DELAY TREES: Pause, (2012)

I was lucky enough to see this band from Finland play at The Lexington bar in North London a few years ago, I got their album 'Doze' and must have played it a thousand times since. This is my favourite track, 'Pause'. SONG: Delay Trees PHOTO: Pasi Vähänen

Lewis Baltz: Maryland, (1976)

Tonal values

On a few occasions I've found tonal values accidentally working well in my pictures. Apart from a brief spell using the zone system I'm rarely even aware of them as an aspect, either in the image or existing out in the real world. But lately some mornings when I look out my bedroom window I am super-entranced by the contrasting tonal values in the distance - comprising the Fiat centre workshops and their car showroom behind and the bright sky above and beyond. It's exciting and makes me suddenly appreciate people who've understood and made a point of building their photos, or pencil/charcoal drawings around relationships of tonal values, in a good way. Of photographers Lewis Baltz and in particular his 'Maryland' project springs to mind. The intent comes more fully to life, just because of looking out the window on these bright, cold February mornings. I glimpse a little of what he was excited by back in 1976.

Deborah Roberts: As I Am, (2017)

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hedgerow, shadow #2

hedgerow, shadow #1

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Carly Simon: Boys In The Trees

Another interesting Carly Simon bio on TV tonight. There was one childhood photo they used that looked interesting but I can't find it online. This book cover image is a pretty good second choice, though.

Bob Dylan: Shelter From The Storm

EBTG: Only Living Boy In New York