Wednesday, March 28, 2007
This one turned the water a violent shade of yellow, so that it looked as though many, many horses had peed in it. And it didn't smell very nice (although not as bad as if many, many horses had peed in it). And it had wee bits of breakfast cereal, or possibly Monster Munch, embedded in it. These escaped during the dissolving process and then disintegrated into tiny, soggy fragments.
And now I'm all itchy. Lovely.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
In the ongoing obsession with old cameras I bought a Canonet on ebay for £5.50 the other day. It's a rangefinder which is meant to be better for sneaking up on folk in the street. It certainly looks less fancy than an SLR and doesn't click as noisily (no mirror to flip up).
This one was billed as having a very faint rangefinder (it does) and a possibly erratic meter. Although the seller pointed out that Cartier-Bresson didn't use a rangefinder, he set the camera up and then "focused with his feet". I'm assuming he means he walked over to a position in which his subject was within the camera's depth of field. But he may well have actually twisted the lens with his feet, in which case he was even more talented than I'd realised.
Anyway, despite the various catastrophes, I managed to get several fairly decent photos, when I remembered to either use the rangefinder or focus with my feet. The meter seems to do quite a good job, particularly since it's working on nothing but a few selenium photosensitive cells.
Great Western Road.
The escalator into Kelvinbridge Underground station. I think the light might have got at this one a wee bit. Apparently they're thinking of extending the Underground out to the east of the city (Parkhead, not Edinburgh) and some bits may end up overground. And wombling free, I suppose.
So the trial film wasn't a total loss, although I suspect the whole performance would have Cartier-Bresson and his focusing feet birling in their grave...
On the Vest Pocket Kodak front, I sent off for some film the other day, but it's not arrived yet. I hope it was a real company I ordered it from. And I'm still waiting to hear back from another company who specialise in developing ancient films, to see whether it's worth sending them the film that was in the camera when Alison found it.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Edit: They seem to have uploaded kind of large, so you should click on them for a life-sized Glasgow experience :-)
Thursday, March 08, 2007
"I love street shooting of people. One must be quite fast."
Presumably in order to avoid the police.
On a blackboard outside Wellington Church:
"Come in! The Crypt welcomes everyone!"
Which is true, but rather a depressing thought...(The Crypt actually houses a sort of cafe run by some of the church ladies. Having been there a couple of times as a student I never saw any skeletons, but it always seemed a kind of off-putting place to eat your lunch).
Monday, March 05, 2007
Alison and Michael
Alison and teapot
Mural on the wall of the Western Baths
Man from Strathblane and his eagle owl.
One side of the Memorial Gate at the University (1451).
The other side of the gate (1951).