ARCHIVE 553 – FIGURE WITH RUCKSACK, DRAINPIPE, STAIRS AND TWO SKYLIGHTS (MONO)

 

 


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Off the main street in Penzance, Cornwall; 8 Oct 2013.

This photo consists of a number of discreet segments that fit together like a rectilinear collage.  It was a case of waiting at the bottom of this intriguing corridor, somewhere I’ve photographed before, until a figure walked into that square of featureless white brightness.

The figure is anonymous.  We see quite a bit of him – he appears not too old, and used to toting his bag – and we see the illuminated, horizontal rectangle of his world – he is walking in the open air, along a side street. He may be aware of the steps on his right, but he cannot see them as we do, nor can he see the skylights, though he may be aware of the dull light they cast in the otherwise windowless corridor.

We are looking up through a tunnel into his world and can see parts of it as he does, but he cannot see our’s as we do.

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Technique: D800 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 1600 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2’s Yellowed 2 preset.

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ARCHIVE 488 – DRAINPIPE, WIMBORNE

 

 


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Drainpipe and climbing plants on a wall in Wimborne, Dorset; 1 Oct 2008.

I turned into a courtyard off the main street in Wimborne and this spectacular and (especially) writhing vision opened up on my left.

Minimal colour, almost monochrome and in fact also looking good in b+w, but the rust tints on the pipe bring this picture alive. The pipe is just about on the left vertical third.

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Technique: F6 with 24-120 Nikkor lens; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide film rated at 500 ISO.
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BRISTOL 131 – WALKING UP STAIRS, TOWARDS A DRAINPIPE

 

 


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Early for an appointment in the city.  Early for an appointment to road test a camera as it happens. 

And so to roaming the streets, looking at anything and everything, taking it all in.

A dark entry beckoned, sombre stairs disappearing up into loneliness, silence, gloom and shadow. 

I found myself nervously ascending between dimly seen, decorated walls, my little camera clutched close, clutched tight as a talisman.

But enlightenment, I was heading up towards light!  I was heading up – as it happened – towards a drainpipe. 

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 1600 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film simulation; St Stephen’s Street, central Bristol; 12 Feb 2019.

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STILL LIFE 230 – NELSON STREET 2

 

 


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Looking across the street at an old, discoloured building.

The first image of this pipe, with more context, is here .

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 157mm (equiv); 3200 ISO; Lightroom, using the Astia/Soft film simulation; Nelson Street, central Bristol; 20 Apr 2018.
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STILL LIFE 216 – NELSON STREET

 

 


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Old building, with drainpipe, discolouration and entrepreneurial plant. 

I’m going to take my life in my hands and make a botanical identification: the plant is I think a Buddleia, and it sprouts on many old/derelict buildings in this city.

But I can be more certain about the building itself: it is a former police station where my errant father was stationed during WWII, and every time I pass it I think of him, if not with love then certainly, after all this time, with understanding.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 3200 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Nelson Street, central Bristol; 20 Apr 2018.
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STILL LIFE 54 – WALL WITH DRAINPIPE AND WINDOW

 

 

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King William Avenue, central Bristol; 19 July 2016.

A photo with little in it.  First, I was strongly drawn by the glorious colour and texture of the wall.  More of Bristol’s walls should look like this, the city would be a brighter place.

Then the drainpipe and window frame add starkly black, rectilinear shapes, and the window contains paleness and uncertainties.

X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 84mm (equiv); 400 ISO.
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ARCHIVE 96 – DRAINPIPE

 

 

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My original caption for this shot says most things, but two other points occur to me now.  First, I’m more than ever sure that colour is the right medium here – those rusty stains definitely enhance the image.

The other thing is that, looking at this again now, I receive the very strong impression that this is some mythical or nightmare beast, rearing up against a pale blue sky, towering over me, waving myriad, barbed and grasping tentacles.  Ah, the worlds that imagination can take us to!  To borrow an idea from The Lord Of The Rings –  my imagination, it is my preciousss!

And yes, I am a big LOTR fan, and also greatly excited by the Dark Ages / Anglo Saxon / Beowulf  era in general.  As that excellent broadcaster Michael Wood says, people in those days did actually believe that beings like dragons, trolls and so on existed.  To them, horrors like Grendel did stalk through the darkness and, when they barred their doors at the end of each day, they were never sure what was outside and what, at any moment, might break down their defences and rush in, slavering and wild, over their threshold.  Stirring stuff!

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Drainpipe and climbing plants on a wall in Wimborne, Dorset; 1 Oct 2008.

I turned into a courtyard off the main street in Wimborne and this spectacular vision opened up on my left. Minimal colour, almost monochrome and in fact also looking good in b+w, but the rust tints on the pipe bring this picture alive. The pipe is just about on the left vertical third. 

F6 with 24-120 Nikkor; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide rated at 500 ISO.

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