30 June 2013

A little Emily before bed

A Bird Came Down

A bird came down the walk:
He did not know I saw;
He bit an angle-worm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw.

And then he drank a dew
From a convenient grass,
And then hopped sidewise to the wall
To let a beetle pass.

He glanced with rapid eyes
That hurried all abroad,--
They looked like frightened beads, I thought;
He stirred his velvet head

Like one in danger; cautious,
I offered him a crumb,
And he unrolled his feathers
And rowed him softer home

Than oars divide the ocean,
Too silver for a seam,
Or butterflies, off banks of noon,
Leap, splashless, as they swim.

Worried about death? Don't be...

"Have patience with everything unsolved in one's heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms or books in a foreign language." 

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926).

So, this weekend I was commissioned to photograph this tree....

I can say no more at this juncture, sworn to secrecy as I am. More later maybe... :)

Ellie and Jane

Instow Beach

28 June 2013

New York

Whitstable 2011

After Eggleston.


The Birds

YouTube Rave Screenshot Shot





Smoke / Rain




Covent Garden



After Saul Leiter.


26 June 2013

New York

The first photo shows an instructor (L) giving a martial arts lesson in the entrance to the zoo. The second photo was taken just round the corner in Central Park and is my favourite photo from the trip. Photographic lessons learnt from NY? Well, firstly, the Fuji X100 is an appallingly difficult camera to use and it's failure to focus is distressing (the top picture shows how it focuses on a tree first, the blindingly obvious subject matter second; further examples abound, some on here, most so bad they had to be deleted). Secondly? I'm struggling to find a secondly. Perhaps the fact that B&W worked well, far better than colour? OK, I'll go with that. And actually, reviewing the 33 pictures that have made it up here (today anyway - some will go, more may arrive), there is a thirdly - there are perhaps 7 that I am pleased with, leaving 26 that have some merit or provoke some memory but could be scrapped with no great loss to my photographic archive. 7 over 6 days - not too bad a record, roughly one a day... Hundreds more go nowhere of course, and of the 7, many could do with some improvement or other. But 7, I'll settle for that.
32 pictures now, and 6 with merit that I can see... Still, not too bad all things considered. 

24 June 2013

New York

New York

New York

New York

New York

I wouldn't normally do this but I so loved this picture well, here it is, straight out of the Fuji with a few minor adjustments (lens distortion, straightening - no, no photoshopping of details!). This is The Massacre of the Innocents by Francois-Joseph Navez, a student of Jacques-Louis David, painted around 1820 best as I could tell from the information provided, hanging in the Metropolitan Museum in New York. I know it is quite kitsch but on dear oh dear is it also beautiful.  And the feelings - five sets of eyes, each showing a different emotion: pity, sorrow, fear, anger and death. Captivating.

New York

Lilith by Kiki Smith (detail) at The Met.

Lilith by Kiki Smith at the Metropolitan Museum. Somehow, despite everything, the Fuji couldn't screw up the first shot and focus on the sky. No doubt it tried.