Paperback

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I’d like to buy a good
Used paper back bible

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Too much time to kill
Too much wasted air
Too much everything
No need to think

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Here above the clouds
I am free of all the crowds
I float above the surf
And I feel the rush of love

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And I have always thought
That hand guns were made for shooting people
Rather than for sport

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Guess I’d like to sell
A good used paper back bible.

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Imagine somewhere out there is a planet

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Populated by intelligent beings
Who may just look like us
And on that planet there stands a library

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Full of books
Written by Poets
Philosophers and
Scientists

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And maybe

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When the hatred and greed has become so great

That nothing more can save us here

Then, maybe there, a book can be found

Once opened you will find

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The recorded downfall of our earth
You will read reports about us
About our lives
About our death

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And our two sunsets
Which were so great
That no tears could quench them

And from seven billion eyes
A mourning red rain ran

Now just a floating tomb in space

And whoever wants to witness
That the earth shall never weep again

Needs to be united against war, greed, poverty, inequality, education inflation and nuclear madness

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And whoever cares will play their part in
That this book is never read

For seven billion eyes

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Will cherish our blue planet, our only home without fear for love, light and peace.

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Eyes Ears Heart And Soul

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MP3What is it about music that moves us in so many different ways?

MP4What is it about a photograph that moves us equally?

To me the they are two sides of the same coin. When I listen to music I see pictures, images – re-visit places. The same applies the other way. When I am submerged in making a photograph the ambient noise disappears and sounds, well-loved sounds, enter the moment and envelop me.

DSC_6031Our tastes may differ but music’s ability to move us on a deeply emotional level is universal. Music can trigger profound memories which previously lay dormant, exciting our sense of nostalgia and creating intense feelings of joy or melancholy.

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There is something ineffable about the way in which music makes us feel, as if at its most profound level it takes us into the realm of the sacred, where words can no longer do justice and attempts to describe it only sully the experience.

MP5Music has the power to transport you away to the places you belong and give you wings.

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“I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don’t want to know. Something’s are best left unsaid. I’d like to think they were singing about something so beautiful, it cannot be expressed in words, and it makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a grey place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man felt free.”

From the film The Shawshank Redemption. Prisoner Andy Dufresne defies Warden Sam Norton by playing  Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro – over the prison’s loudspeakers.

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And as I sit here and try to capture the essence of what music is, “Max Richter’s – Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works” gently pours out of the system and transports me away. I am lost in the beauty. This piece is so elegant and so moving. I close my eyes. Indulge myself in the sense of sound. Feel a smile gently rise across my face. And I’m gone. To where I am transported, nobody knows but I am away.

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And hopefully I return with some images.

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Sometimes

Here is a small portion of what’s cooking in the kitchen

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Sometimes I feel like I’m playing on the radio

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Sometimes I feel like I’m in a travelling road show

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Sometimes I got the power of the will and I know my soul is going to be alright

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Sometimes I feel like I’m on a freight train
Forever rescued by the mystery rain

The sun will be shining down; push it all away, make it alright
Sometimes in the heart of a long, cold night
It’s all too far out of sight

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Hard to know everything’s going to be alright
Everyone thinks you got everything you want
Hard to have and then have not
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Manifestations of the Spirit

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Another photographer who greatly influenced me is Minor White. One of my most treasured and inspirational photography books is “Manifestations of the Spirit” by said photographer, poet and unique human being. Not one of the more familiar names I guess, but very important to the world of photography. It’s high time to take a peek.

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His work though has struck a chord with me. The best way to describe it is, poetic. You don’t sit down and look at Minor’s photographs, you read their verse. For such, I am not going to post a link to any of his photography here. If you are interested do yourself the favour of not browsing it on-line where attention spans will not give it due justice. Get a book, sit down and read it. At this point, I can only recommend “Manifestations of the Spirit”, but even that one book is one of the more eloquent I have ever laid eyes on.

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Seeing his work made me realise that poetry or verse is what I have often wanted to see more of in my own photography. I am happy with how I photograph and my ability with a camera, but I am also constantly pushing and exploring, trying to identify what I can do better or even just differently. And I want to make images that are more lyrical. Not just story-telling, though that is an important aspect of it, but how that story is told, the choice of visual elements as words, how information is conveyed. No no no, not information, that is too cold a word, but the sharing of emotion, belief, feeling, etc.

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At the same time, the dissatisfaction I think I commonly feel with a lot of the photography I see out there today (a lot of it on social media sites) is that there is a large amount of info being communicated but little poetry being written. Many photos I see tell me when or where they were taken, but not who took them. They are rich in info but void of emotion. Some of my photography is guilty of this too.

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Which is one reason I was drawn to Minor’s work. It is also the reason I would encourage you to get out of the Flickr world now and again and into that much larger world of photography that surrounds it. And if you are a photographer and you have never heard of Minor White, let alone seen any of his photos, that’s OK too, now is a great time to change that.

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“Self-discovery though a camera? I am scared to look for fear

of discovering how shallow my Self is! I will persist however…

because the camera has its eye on the exterior world. The camera will lead

my constant introspection back into the world….”

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We Are Not Old – We Are Retro

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Well maybe a little,…….but definitely retro. This is not a post about age or associated topics, but a little piece about my Rolleiflex.

I was asked recently to name my favourite Camera. That is an impossible question for me to answer. I would compare it to having to choose your favourite record, movie, book or painting. So I turned my answer around and said that my most treasured camera would be my Rolleiflex 2.8f.

Several reasons for this. The Rolleiflex I own is the same age as me, so there is some connection. But more importantly is the memory of the moment I first saw one, I wanted one and even more so since seeing images by Diane Arhus, Vivian Maier and especially Robert Doisneaus Book “Paris Les Halles Market”. I was hooked and wanted to photograph people with that Rolleiflex magic.Robert Doisneaus book about the last days of Les Halles Market is packed full of images that showcase the magic the Rolleiflex can bring to the moment when photographing people. I can highly recommend this publication. The camera somehow adds something I can only describe as another human dimension.

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I have discovered exactly the same as those esteemed photographers  before me when using this Camera. And after some trial and error in identifying the film/developer that would complement my photography, and this camera best, I settled on these three.

  • Ilford Pan F
  • Kodak Tri-X 400 pushed to ISO 1600
  • Kodak Portra 800

All these images here were made with these three films.

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Thank you for stopping by.

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