18 April 2014


Humans of New York

Everyone loves HONY of course, and today another reason to do so from one of his subjects:

"You should kiss the ground you walk on if you were born in this country - take it from an old man who once had to wear the Star of David on his shirt. There's a safety to living in such a diverse place. It's much more difficult to brainwash a population that is composed of so many nationalities and so many different viewpoints."

15 April 2014

A Southdown sheep on the left, a Badger Faced Welsh on the right. The Badger Face apparently has a thing for molasses and buries her face in it whenever it is given to the herd, hence her appearance; the farmer has no idea why she does this, none of the others do.

14 April 2014

... and now in colour

The last of these shows a newborn lamb a few seconds after birth; his mother immediately began to lick him - this has the effect of cleaning him, drying him, and of her getting used to his smell (and his to her's?). He stood up a few minutes after this was taken, though his mother had to be "reminded" by the farmer to lie down again because she was having twins and didn't seem to be going into contractions for the second lamb; when she was on her side, however, she immediately gave birth to the second lamb. Sorry the composition on this picture is lacking - next time I'll do better...

Welsh Lambs

Some local scenes. In the second picture you can see the sheep that are close to giving birth that have been moved into a lambing shed; in the third of these pictures the lambs' mother is still a little groggy / unresponsive following a caesarian and the farmer is concerned that the lambs should get some of her colostrum so as to maximise their chances of a healthy start to life. The wet-nosed lamb, above, is a couple of minutes old at this point, her twin, on the right, having arrived about 10 minutes before her. Here's what they should be doing a few days from now:

9 April 2014

Dorian Gray in rehearsal at Riverside Studios

Top: Daisy Bevan as Sybil Vane and Jack Fox as Dorian Gray.
Centre: Daisy Bevan.
Bottom: Jack Fox and special advisor to the Ruby in the Dust theatre company James Lloyd Pegg.

30 Wedding Photos: 21

Groups. Hmm. If you've read Mrs Lemon's you might have picked up that I'm not wild about group shots - give me a bit of spontaneity, a bit of humanity, a bit of warmth or melancholy or a million other things but groups? I'm not sure. Of course, I'm called upon to photograph them at weddings and they do have some value then - looking back, as an aide memoire, they show who was there at the very least. What can also happen, however, is that they can be fun to do. No, I'm not talking about star-jumps and running away from dinosaurs (funny though this was when it first appeared) - just making sure everyone is relaxed, a little bit of interaction with me (but not too much), and above all make it quick - please God make it quick - no one wants to stand around blah blah - you know all that :) I'd much rather have a photo like the one above to show the b&g where there are eyes closed and faces missing but where there is also genuine love and amusement than I would a group shot where there are no closed eyes, everyone is visible, and their souls are dying ... (slight exaggeration but YKWIM).
So, anyway, there you go - I like this one, it's fun.

Don McCullin by Alfred Dunhill

8 April 2014

Quiz: Which of these is NOT a completed photography project?

Here are four photography projects, one of which I've made up, the others are real - can you tell which is the fake?

1. Exploration of a rabbit: 120 macro photographs from tip of tail to whiskered nose.
2. Ideas of infinity: the intersections of photography, camera-less abstraction and physical mark-making.
3. North, South, East, West: Getting to know certain trees from 360 degrees via imagination, platinum prints, still images and animation.
4. Landmasses and railways: An incongruous sequence of black and white images like perfectly placed notes in a pleasingly discordant silent symphony.

Welcome to Mrs Lemon's: Sic transit gloria mundi.

A more considered selection of photographs, and more commercial work, can be found at http://patrickdoddsphotography.co.uk where you will also find my Flickr stream.

"Mrs Lemon's Visit to Japan" takes its name from a poster seen in Cornwall advertising a talk at the local Women's Institute - I thought it had a ring to it :) Before I saw this (there is a picture of it somewhere on here taken many moons ago), the bolg (I mean "blog" of course, but today bolg sounds like a better description somehow - something unknown, rarely seen, and underappreciated - all together now, ahhh), the bolg was far more prosaically known as Ten Years of Pictures, my target being when I set out to take a picture a day for 10 years; luckily you are spared this and instead I give you the melange that is Mrs Lemon's. Enjoy!



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