ARCHIVE 597 – POSTER

 

 


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Poster in a Truro shop window; 25 April 2007.

I don’t usually take photos of other people’s photos, pictures or graffiti – although I do like good graffiti / street art very much ->>> I am, after all, a resident of Banksy’s hometown. 

Its not so much that photographing others’ images feels like theft or plagiarising, its more that I prefer to concoct my own images.   Having someone else’s image as a part of a composition is ok – see this example –  but making someone else’s image the principal subject or all of one of mine just isn’t really me.

But this picture struck me – the pose and vacant gaze on the right and the gawping, mindless expression on the left.  Whoever took this picture deserves abundant applause!

And what should we all do?  Well, of course, like sheep, we should all mindlessly follow whatever fashion chooses to dictate ….  but that bus is overcrowded >>> anyone for the Individuality Special???

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Technique: Nikon F6 with 24m-85m Nikkor lens; Fuji Sensia 400 colour slide film rated at 800 ISO.

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STILL LIFE 252 – MANNEQUIN

 

 


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Using a long telephoto to look closely into a Truro shop window.

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Technique: D800 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 800 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; Truro, Cornwall; 12 Apr 2016.
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ARCHIVE 384 – SITTING IN THE BACK OF THE THREE RIVERS CAFE

 

 


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Sitting in the back of the Three Rivers Cafe, Truro, Cornwall; 26 Sept 2012.

Sitting in the back, eating food that included a really not bad steak and kidney pie, a nice piece of gammon, lots of chips and two mugs of hot tea, this view opened up in front of us and, as always, the G11 went for it!

My eyes were first caught by the rows of black seats with their backlit, horizontal tops and the intervening white-topped tables.  There’s probably potential for mono and/or re-coloured image(s) here.

But, looking at it all more generally, here are the trappings of a basic but good English cafe (definitely pronounced “caff”!) – rows of clean tables and seats (all bolted to the floor), tall menus and sugar pourers, salt and pepper couples – and backlit shakers of gloriously dark amber vinegar.

Some degree of privacy is afforded by the curtains and, above this, a hanging basket brings floral colour.  This rectangular area of window looks strange and disconnected – it could be a picture hanging on the wall.

All this and chips too?  Wonderful!!!

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Technique: Canon G11 PowerShot at 140mm (35mm equivalent); 400 ISO.

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BIRDS 84 – ROOK

 

 

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Rook; Truro city centre, Cornwall; 12 Apr 2016.

Well, another (slightly glossy) black crow, but that thin and pointed, rather dagger-like bill and the bare grey skin on the face immediately identify this as a Rook.  Unlike Carrion Crows, which are around our gardens and towns all the time, Rooks are more birds of open country, where they use that long, sharp bill to probe in the ground for small invertebrates.

But a few venture closer to us, as in a motorway services on the way to London, where they stalk around the parked cars hoping for titbits; and here in Truro city centre; and in a park just up the road from where I live in Bristol too, where a few come for the winter – they have just come back, last week – to probe and feast in the park’s mown lawns.

And I like Rooks.  They are jaunty, garrulous birds, full of character – rather like Starlings in this respect – and yes, as I have said about various birds before, and will no doubt say again, I would very much like to have a Rook on my shoulder, peering intelligently around and making deafening squawks in my ear!

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D800 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 800 ISO.
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STILL LIFE 65 – STACKED CHAIRS (MONO)

 

 

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Metal chairs stacked up outside a city centre café; Truro, Cornwall; 12 Apr 2016.

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D800 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2.
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PEOPLE 218 – MANNEQUIN

 

 

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Mannequin in a shop window; Truro, Cornwall, 12 Apr 2016.

I’ve taken quite a few pictures of mannequins (not sure I can bring myself to call them dummies) in shop windows over the years – and this one, in this shop, has in fact already featured on this blog, here.  

Mannequins are often visually striking – but that’s what they’re for, after all.  And I suppose I’m fascinated by their visual closeness to us, a kind of idealised “half-way house” between inanimate materials and ourselves.

Idealised?  Certainly.  Just look at her faultless complexion, like an air-brushed model in some glossy magazine.  And then the crimson slash of those full lips, and all that presumably synthetic but still beautifully cascading hair.

But what really gets to me here is the level, unblinking stare of her eye with its long lashes and artfully inserted, false highlight.  That eye fixes me, it holds me in its gaze.  And I’m unsure whether it is censuring my living vulnerability, ageing and decaying on every day since my birth, or making some mute and desperate plea to become a part of Life’s beautiful impermanence.

D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 3200 ISO.
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CORNWALL 84 – SHOP WINDOW, TRURO

 

 

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Shop window in Truro; 12 Apr 2016.

We were on holiday in Cornwall this week and, taking advantage of what looked like being the only dry day, we visited Cornwall’s county town, Truro.  As we walked down the main street, sunlight and shadow dappled ‘sale’ signs on the other side of the road.

Truro is a very pleasant, open and not too large town, with a cathedral that rises straight up from its not over wide streets in a way reminiscent of French cities.  We stumbled upon a shop selling a good range of foreign beers, including quite a number from that Holy of Brewing Holies, Belgium.

And, always having wondered about the whys and wherefores of the world around me – a trait which is certainly increasing with age – I came upon Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens – a brief history of humankind, and am very, very deeply enthralled.  (In case you’re interested, and I can’t recommend this mind-stretcher and blaster too highly, its at ISBN 978-0-099-59008-8)

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D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 400 ISO.
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ARCHIVE 201 – MANNEQUIN

 

 

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.Mannequin in a shop window, Truro, Cornwall; 15 Sept 2011.

There’s no doubt that I have a visual fetish for partially obscured faces – in some way I often find them more striking and/or mysterious than the full visage. 

This artificial face looks a little sad and resigned, as well as beautiful.

D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 800 ISO.

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CORNWALL 79 – FLOWING WATER, SUNLIT (MONO + COLOUR)

 

 

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Sunlit water flowing in an open roadside drain; Truro, 15 Sept 2011.

We could also be looking through the thick and twisted glass of an old window at some scene beyond.

D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Darken Contrast Vignette preset and selectively restoring colour.
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PEOPLE 204 – DOUBT (MONO + COLOUR)

 

 

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Mannequin in a shop window, Truro, Cornwall; 26 Apr 2012.

Apprehension.  A worried stare, full of doubt and uncertainty.

Something within the thoughts that she doesn’t have, or something being seen by that gaze that cannot see, is not as it should be.

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D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 1600 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Film Noir 3 preset and selectively restoring colour; Color Efex Pro 4.
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