1. Jan 31- Tragic Life Stories

    Jan 31- Tragic Life Stories

    This is one of those things in life that I simply don't understand. This is a section in one of the biggest bookshop/stationers in the UK. I freely admit that I can't see the "entertainment" in reading about other peoples miserable lives, battered wives, orphaned children...
  2. Jan 30 - Back to Leitz, back to reality...

    Jan 30 - Back to Leitz, back to reality...

    ...with apologies to Jazzie B and the rest of Soul 2 Soul ;0) So. This is my usual weapon of choice for funtime street shooting. No plastic, no batteries, no artificial aids, no safety net. Just brass and glass. If I get it right I have only myself to praise. If I get it wrong, I have...
  3. Jan 29 - Lily

    Jan 29 - Lily

    Pure and simple. Edward Weston, are you listening...?
  4. Jan 28 - Flag, Stone...

    Jan 28 - Flag, Stone...

    This is about as "found" a "still life" as I think you can get... It is a manhole cover outside a shop in Guildford, Surrey, England. The passage of many feet over the years has pressed the metal down onto the frame underneath to create the Union Jack impression. I composed...
  5. Nearly There

    Nearly There

    Another still-life, sorry. The calendar was my grandfather's. The propelling pencil belonged to my mother. It's GPO-issue. It has a big knob on the end to use on rotary dial 'phones. She ran a telephone exchange in the 1950s. The note pad is from a hotel in Singapore. The 'phone... can you...
  6. Strung out

    Strung out

    Driven a couple of hundred miles today. Started early, got home late. All day customer meeting... in Birmingham. Sometimes when I'm stressed I play with this. It's a 5-string bass - sinistral. The lowest string is deep enough to make small dogs within a 100-yard radius lose all bowel...
  7. Jan 25 - Ceci n'est pas une paysage

    Jan 25 - Ceci n'est pas une paysage

    With apologies to Rene Magritte... ;0) I have had 2 or 3 goes at this one. I knew the effect I wanted to achieve, but this is the first that I have been happy with.
  8. Jan 24 - His and Hers

    Jan 24 - His and Hers

    I was away last night, got home late tonight. I've had this idea for a while, but decided to make it real this evening. I have size 14 feet, whilst my beloved has size 5... She doesn't wear these all the time, btw...
  9. Jan 23 - Out of Focus

    Jan 23 - Out of Focus

    Hello. Sorry I'm late with yesterday's assignment. I'll do lines to make up. This one may need explaining to non-UK readers... "Focus DoItAll" (known in our household as "Focus Buggerall") was a DIY store that went under last year. The shadow left by the sign seems...
  10. Jan 22 - Duelling Bibliophiles

    Jan 22 - Duelling Bibliophiles

    The two men circled the table of books, each watching the other as they moved. Hunt - peck - select - discard... The game went on. Neither had a clear advantage... so much to choose from... but neither would back down until one had found that special copy of Thomas the Tank Engine...
  11. Oranges and Lemons

    Oranges and Lemons

    Time for another still-life. These wooden bowls are everywhere in the Canary Islands. They pack flat then concertina out when you get them home - the ideal keepsake. By the time you read this these two will be mixed into a cake; it's one of those days.
  12. Jan 20 - Into the light

    Jan 20 - Into the light

    Some days it all just gets a little too much. Some days you just want to be alone, with your thoughts. You want the world to stop bothering you. Staring into space, staring into yourself, holding back the night.
  13. Jan 19 - Running on Empty

    Jan 19 - Running on Empty

    Many miles travelled, many miles to go. Running on empty...
  14. Jan 18 - Money

    Jan 18 - Money

    Ok, so maybe you have to be a Pink Floyd fan (or at least aware of their back catalogue) to get today's paronomasiac title pun. The juxtaposition just amused me - a bit.
  15. Jan 17 - Pushed Around

    Jan 17 - Pushed Around

    I must have been off my trolley when I took this. Aisle be carted away in no time, you'll see - just another basket case... To be fair this is a rare sight; my local Waitrose is so efficiently run that a build-up of trollies in the car park is almost unheard of. Walk - stand - capture -...
  16. Jan 16 - Palmistry

    Jan 16 - Palmistry

    This is a palm in my garden (not a lot of time again today). I thought I had killed it about 18 months ago, but it has sprouted again. As long as it survives the frosts it should be quite a sight come the Summer.
  17. Jan 15 - James

    Jan 15 - James

    It has been rankling with me that I haven't put up a people shot yet. Meet my Son, James. He is 18, going to art college, with a lovely girlfriend and an interview for a new job on Tuesday. He is also massively hung over, having celebrated a friend's birthday last night. We had just...
  18. Jan 14 - Carved Deep

    Jan 14 - Carved Deep

    Funny thing memory. It seems so real, so close, then it fades. These words will fade too, in time. But not just yet...
  19. Jan 13 - Metropolis... or?

    Jan 13 - Metropolis... or?

    There is something that I find quite disturbing about this statue. It has echoes of Fritz Lang's "Metropolis", and of Olympian achievement, but there are also dark echoes of events in the 1930s. It dominates the area in which it stands - you can't ignore it.
  20. Jan 12 - Closing Down

    Jan 12 - Closing Down

    This is a common sight on the streets of the UK at the moment. Shops that have not survived past Christmas. Hawkins Bazaar specialised in "stocking fillers" and toys and didn't have a good enough December. What makes this personal is that my son had a job with them. In six weeks...
  21. Jan 11 - I made it as far as...

    Jan 11 - I made it as far as...

    ...the front door. Mad busy at the moment. Started at my desk at 07:00 and hardly left it. My intentions were honourable - I made to go out, but the phone rang and so... I promise to try harder in future ;0)
  22. Jan 10 - The Light at the End of the Day

    Jan 10 - The Light at the End of the Day

    Such a busy day today. Up to Birmingham and back. 4 hours in the car. Three meetings. Home for salmon en croute, a decent glass of wine and a hot bath. Lights down low, light the candles on the hearth, enjoy. Suddenly the day seems more bearable...
  23. Jan 9 -Stairway to...?

    Jan 9 -Stairway to...?

    So, this morning I got up early, drove all the way down to the New Forest, parked up overlooking the cliffs at Barton on Sea, pointed my camera at The Needles and... Nothing. Flat, boring, nothingness. Great gorbs of nothingness. More nothingness than an empty biscuit tin. Flatter than a...
  24. Jan 8 - Artoo's Granddad

    Jan 8 - Artoo's Granddad

    Yes, yes, I know, but I couldn't resist it - the Force was strong in this one. ;0)
  25. It's a Sign...

    It's a Sign...

    What amuses me about this old, faded sign is that it is in a one-way street... that nowadays flows the other way...
  26. Jan 6 - What's in a Name...?

    Jan 6 - What's in a Name...?

    Busy day today... Very little time to think, let alone take a picture. So, if in doubt aim for a cheap laugh at own expense... Palmer is not only my surname it is also a rather good champagne house; I always keep a bottle or two in the rack. Some years ago I gave one to one of my ex-wives...
  27. Jan 5 - Look out, it's a dangerous cyclepath!

    Jan 5 - Look out, it's a dangerous cyclepath!

    Couldn't resist this one. I drive past here most days. I can only think that they sent out the work experience lad to paint these lines. The silver box is a phone box, just past it is a postbox. I love the fact that they had a couple of goes at it...
  28. Jan 4 - Memory

    Jan 4 - Memory

    First day back at work today - bit of a shock to the system and a crimp on time. There are two of these boxes in my study. Each compartment contains one or more items that brings back memories of places, times and people past.
  29. Jan 2 - Looking Up

    Jan 2 - Looking Up

    Today is a public holiday in the UK. We had to be up early to drop the car off at the garage for a service. Coffee was needed. Starbucks was open. This was the best bit of the whole experience.
  30. Jan 1 - The First Rose

    Jan 1 - The First Rose