Konica Hexar AF

The Konica Hexar AF is a wonderful camera, becoming something of a cult classic, and is my film camera of choice. The lens is superb, on par with Leica, and fixed, perfectly balanced with the body. The electronic menu can be baffling, but otherwise I give it ten out of ten.

Some images will enlarge when clicked…

The Seamstress
Ilford XP2
Home, Edinburgh

Rhona Sewing

Daughter, Rhona, making a wrap for herself. I love her focus, the triangle formed by her eye, the lamp, and the box of pins. In fact, there are many triangles in the picture, the more you look the more you see.

 

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Head
Ilford XP2
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh, 2017

I’m amazed at how familiar this bust of Stevenson is. It’s a face you can imagine seeing in any Edinburgh pub.

Alien v. Robot
Ilford XP2
Thistle Street, Edinburgh, 2015

I was in Atget mode here (Atget would have loved Edinburgh), but things didn’t quite work out that way. Note the shadow of the Robot, lower right, and the alien’s two-digit hand, preparing to thrust itself down the stair. Unfortunately, I ran out of film for the fight…

 

Jean Muir’s Head
Ilford XP2
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh, 2015

Jean Muir

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery has been a rich resource for my imagery, and I am particularly pleased with how this one turned out, with the spotlight above Jean’s head, framed by the figures either side.

Parasol and Shade
Ilford XP2
Edinburgh New Town, 2017

Flower Buckets
Ilford XP2
Stockbridge, Edinburgh, 2015

Flower Buckets

I like how it’s quite hard to figure this one out, so I won’t explain it. The pots are often stuffed with flowers and thistles, and complement the only other commodity this shop sells: wine.

Sheets, with a Nod To Christo
Ilford XP2
Edinburgh, 2017

sheets

Actually, I was covering things long before I became aware of Christo. Way back in the late 1970s I worked for the Parks Department in Dundee. While the workforce were having lunch, I felt the urge to cover the area we had been working on in paper – we had a large roll of the stuff. The foreman went ballistic when he discovered what I’d done. He would have dismissed me on the spot, were it not that the job was created to get miscreants like me off the dole…Sadly I have no evidence of my brilliant art work…

The Plank
Ilford XP2
Stockbridge, Edinburgh, 2015

The Bike

The entire garage I regard as a “found object”, and I rarely tire looking at its many interesting details. I’ve passed this garage many, many times, and every single time it has been open, as if on display as an art installation. It might well be.

Ballad of The Fox And The Swans
Ilford XP2.
Inverleith Park, Edinburgh, 2015

Dog

A lesson in always having your camera switched on and primed. I had been staring at a wall, a quite interesting wall, contemplating whether I should take an image of it, when suddenly I felt the urge to turn around. The scene quickly leapt into my mind and camera at almost the same instant. The fox stopped and stared at me, before turning and sloping off, as foxes do. I never noticed the two characters on the hill until after the film was developed. I have once seen the carcass of a swan on the edge of the pond…

Ivy Staircase
Ilford XP2
Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh
March 2017

Atget is a big influence, and this is one shot I feel he might have approved of. It’s from inside the hot house at the botanic gardens in Edinburgh.

Sweaty Palms
Ilford XP2
Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh
March 2017

leaves

The following four images were done with a red filter and SFX film:

Girl Seated – Study In Alienation
National Gallery, Edinburgh, 2014

girl-seated

This girl was working as a security officer at the National Gallery. At this moment her body was in the room, but her mind was far, far away. Although her eyes were open, I could have run off with a Rembrandt without her noticing. She just didn’t seem connected with her post at all. The awkward placement, and chopped-off top of her head, are deliberate, likewise the blurring effect. I love those fingers between her knees!

Light Study – Inverleith House
Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh 2014

light5

The Kiss, the Leer, and the Blush
National Gallery, Edinburgh, 2014

the-kiss-and-the-blush

Art works are aware of each other, you know…

Feeding Frenzy
Cramond Harbour, 2014

river5

Guid Neebours
Dundee, 2014

guid-neebours

Anatomy Museum Open
Edinburgh 2015

open

Rhona, Inverleith Park
Edinburgh 2015

rhona-park

Rhona, Jazz and Blues Festival
Edinburgh, 2015

rhona-jazz-and-blues-festival2sq

Sundappled
Cramond, 2015

sundappled

Rowing Boats
Oxford, 2015

rowing-boats

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