Friday, June 18, 2010

Free Range

Last night I went to the Westminster end of degree show - part of Free Range at The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. There was some interesting work, and overall the standard seemed better than last year - although perhaps I'm just able to appreciate it a bit more now. Some work seemed very seems it's hard to find something that's not been done before!  This image by Pavel Dornak was one that stuck in my mind though - it was part of a proverbs series, this one from 'When the cat's away, the mice will play'.  Witty, and well executed.  

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

At last...

Finally, after months of looking enviously at friends blogs and websites I have got around to setting up my own.  And, to kick things off I thought I would go right back to the beginning - to my first ever camera.  It was a Kodak Pocket A-1, my Brownie.  

I think I may still have it stored away somewhere; I must try and dig it out sometime.  I don't actually remember what I took photos of - but this is where the intrigue started.  At 14 I bought my first SLR, a Ricoh KR-10 Super (below), which I absolutely loved!   Over time, other interests started to take precedence, but about eight years ago I revitalised my photographic interest and got the camera out again....  

Several short courses later my Ricoh finally gave up on me.  A very sad moment, but it served me well. I am now trying to embrace digital technologies - although I still love film and the whole darkroom experience, and experimenting with different cameras and techniques - including my pinhole that I made from an old coffee tin!