It’s alright, I’m still here hunkered down in our little North Tolsta hovel enjoying the quietude and the weather. The only thing with this strange time is that I have been feeling a tad unmotivated arty-wise. The thought of blundering around in my little darkroom while the sun shines outside is not my idea of fun. So, I have been sorting the negatives – yes I do use film in the main. To be totally honest I’m not very good with filing negs. Or filing anything really. When I had a nice office [and a proper job] I’d layer the papers up on top of the desk and if the bicycles [yes, bicycles and tandems actually – I worked as coach at a Velodrome] leaning on said desk knocked anything off which fell on the floor and if no-one asked for it in the next week it would find it’s way to the bin. Seemed to work too.
Five minutes of filing and I’m bored so I have been researching. You know the sort of thing – browsing the t’internet looking for stuff artywise. Of course I found some things. Nice things too. Like the interesting London based photographist http://www.giacomobrunelli.com/index.php . I really like this sort of imagery for some unknown reason I can’t quite put my finger on. Makes me feel like I could do something interesting I suppose.
The camera – or the plastic thing I bought for 50p about 15 years ago – has been out with me loaded with some cheap as chips [cheaper in fact] cinematic copy film. I pointed it at things too, pressing the everso fragile shutter button with all the conviction of a less than enthused photographist. I developed the film too – finding I did have a snap or two from the lack of effort.
Yes, yes I know it’s almost in focus. That’s the sort of thing I do these days – on the edge of focus.
There’s nothing quite like pushing at one’s boundaries. This was snapped in the village though.
I have a project on the go as well. I have had time to think about it over the last few weeks and I’m almost at the final planning stage before I bother to think about the actual images I am going to make. Note ‘make’ not take. That’s how I think I am an Artiste.
The sun is a problem for me in my own arriviste way. I prefer my snaps dark and mysterious – so mysterious no-one know what they are of. I did, and I apologise profusely here, use my phone camera once or twice to show people I’m alive and the like. I shall do the requisite penances soon.
Since this is quick and dirty blog posts I shall link to some proper stuff to look at;
Leonard Misonne – wonderful Belgian pictorialist photographer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZvULNaHvN0
The wonderful world of photographist Igor Posner. https://igorposner.net/
Boxes & Bellows https://boxesbellows.blogspot.com/