Abstracts

I’ve been working on abstracts all year. The form is new for me and really is a stretch. I am way out of my comfort zone, but learning a lot.¬† Right now I’m working on images that measure depth of field, textures and geometric line

The tide line at Trebarwith Strand.

Lilly

Eastern State Penitentiary

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St. Stephens Church door.

Shadows

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Norway

I am usually wary of posting my holiday photos, but these come by special request.

Last fall is took a cruise up the Norwegian coast on the Huertigruten line. The boats deliver mail, packages and freight as well as passengers so it isn’t your usual cruise. No entertainment, no gambling, no dressing for dinner. Just sea, fjords, lots of villages and towns and plenty of time to read, sleep and dream.

Lots of people spent time on deck buried in books. It was a little chilly to my taste. We were nearing the Arctic Circle.

This was the ship we sailed on. It anchored in this inlet where we saw a whale surface.

Two lovely sunsets at sea

The crew had a ceremony when we crossed the Arctic Circle and the King of the Sea dropped ice down your back if you got caught. I didn’t.

Snow in the distance

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Shooting inside a casino

I’ve been told that photography inside casinos is prohibited and even carrying a camera can get you thrown out. But recently I was in Auckland N.Z. where there is a casino embedded in an entertainment complex with hotels, movie theaters and restaurants. The entrance to the theater takes you on a balcony overlooking the gaming floor of the casino. I was blown away by the combinations of darkness and garish lighting, by the people hypnotized by their games and by the electric atmosphere. So I pulled out my Sony A7R and started shooting while my partner kept an eye out for security. Eventually a guard did appear and took an interest in us, but by that time I had plenty of shots. Some are blot.

Slot Machines

Slot Machines

Lady in a Red Jacket

Lady in a Red Jacket

Casino Floor and Bar

Casino Floor and Bar

21

21

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Exhibition Time

Two Old |Boilers and a Camera aka Julia Hobday and yours truly, are mounting the second on their ongoing series of exhibitions. It is a frantic but joyous time, racing around getting last minute frames and mounts, hanging, straightening, rehanging and chatting up the maintenance staff so they’ll be careful when they take our work down to put up a mirror for a wedding tomorrow. The gallery doubles as a wedding venue so sometimes exhibits go up only to come down.

What follows are a few examples of my work this year.Wind Turbines 1 (6 of 35)

Men a Tol Stones

Men a Tol Stones

Exeter St, Davids 6:30am

Exeter St, Davids 6:30am

Lottery Lady

Lottery Lady

Minions June 2015

Minions June 2015

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Dreams of Hawkes Bay

A great many of the people we love live in New Zealand, on the North Island in Auckland and Hawkes Bay. Every year on year when England is wet, windy and dark, we climb aboard a plane and transport ourselves to summer with its long days, warm nights, fresh fruits and hours of friendship and good conversation. Unfortunately, this year’s trip had to be cancelled because of the injection schedule for my AMD treatments. Its not that I don’t like holidays in the village, but this time of year my heart wants to fly and for now it is grounded. So I did the next best thing. I went through some of the photos I took last year to relive the moments. ¬†These are of places around Hawkes Bay.

The headlands on the coast near Waimarama.

The headlands on the coast near Waimarama.

Granny cottage

Granny cottage

Waimaramra (7 of 13)

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Shooting in the Dying Light

The moor in late evening

The moor in late evening

All summer I have known my vision was deteriorating. I could no longer read the road signs as I drove, reading was getting harder and computer work was a nightmare. Then on October 20 the verdict came. I have developed wet macular degeneration. A good part of my vision is lost and will never return.

Friends were with us when the letter came. I had planned to drive out to Minions to do some shooting. It was a perfect autumn day and the weather might shift any time. Everyone offered to drive me, but I wanted to go alone. There was plenty of time before darkness fell and its always easier to work when no one is waiting for you.

I arrived and set up, conscious that this might be my last solitary trip to the Minions site. There are two 3500 year-old stone circles, several burial cairns, standing stones and a vast moor. I have loved it ever since I set eyes on it.

I shot from several angles and spent a lot of time savoring the evening and the place. Dogs and their owners walked by, a buzzard circled the the day moved to an end., It was not to be a dramatic sunset, but it was the one I got.

The photos that follow are from that evening. Two are views of an old engine house that I’ve been wanting to shoot for a long time. The third is over the moor.

 

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Faces of Galway

I was over in Ireland last month in county Galway and Galway city. I fell in love with the area and the people. Galway City was especuially rich in street musicians so I took a few shots.

Not really a musician, but he was singing away at tghe top of hs is lungs.

Not really a musician, but he was singing away at tghe top of hs
is lungs.

This pair were playing folk music and charming us all.

This pair were playing folk music and charming us all.

He is a singer who told me he had performed in New York.

He is a singer who told me he had performed in New York.

Streets are full of folks like this with their signs. All wear hoodies and seem buried in their electronic devices and removed from out world.

Streets are full of folks like this with their signs. All wear hoodies and seem buried in their electronic devices and removed from out world.

Could they be space aliens?

Could they be space aliens?

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