April Mist

The Fleet Estuary is covered in an early April sea fog in this picture taken from Knockbrex Viewpoint.

April Mist

 

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Counting the takings

After the shock of celebrating my birthday yesterday with a picture in technicolor, here we are back to another truly exciting and memorable monochrome.

Perhaps the title for this one should be ‘Peanuts for Peanuts’.

Counting the takings

 

Scrapyard

One of several old negatives scanned recently from the late 70s or early 80s and presented, so as to give an indication of my era and great age!

I remember that there were some trees growing in some of these vehicles, so perhaps the pictures aren’t quite as old as I suggest. Car graveyards like this are very sad places. Sad pictures from a sad old git.

Scrapyard

 

Workshop mono

A street scene captured in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. It’s sometimes difficult to read peoples reactions to having their picture taken.

Is it suspicion, fear, annoyance? Does he think that he’s been caught out?

I’m pretty sure that I would feel all of those and more….

Do we have the right to intrude? Should we reserve the right for people to see only our good side, or should we use our camera to catalogue and record even the negative and less than ideal conditions? I almost decided to delete this picture.

But life can be dour…..

Workshop mono

 

Waiting

A street portrait taken in Glasgow.

I like how working in monochrome encourages a more formal and studied approach to picture making. Balancing the tones and cropping to enhance the formal elements of placement and division is a very satisfying activity. The unruly diagonals always add a touch of tension, don’t you think?

Waiting