Friday, 28 May 2010


john had his Herodotus series featured on mire magazine.
coincidentally my titling of these images seems to have a mathematical aspect - mmm well that would be a case of self flattery as i haven't got a clue - just a sense of wonder at the mystery. on the question of the truth or non-truth of a photograph in this instance - night; many factors conspire to weave optical illusions such as the size and proportion of this building in relation to the figure - 80mm fixed lens distortion. someone mentioned gregory crewdson, someone else mentions lynch as regards the series - in the likeness of - but association [flattering or not] aside, photographing at night offers the same kind of compositional confinement that indoors has, just can't deal with those big open spaces. Am wondering whether to add these 2 or 1 of to the last quatrain.
the fracturing dislocating vision that only the camera supplies - sontag [yet again] has become the reality of the way we have been taught to see. Some clever thoughts - or perhaps what now seems a stating of the obvious - which is one of the consequences of time on most things. i have got to stop making sweeping generalizations about things because the broader picture is pretty bleak - whereas the minutiae are infinitely magnificent. although thinking about it ... the cat killed a lizard - the cat normally kills things for fun and only ever eats dry biscuits - but lizard she seems to have a taste for, though this one seems to be partially unpalatable due to the fact that it is/was full of eggs - so after she consumed it from tail to egg section she left the trophy on the path where it is now a feast for ants. i didn't know lizards had eggs packed in them like that - one wonders where the internal organs go to make room for so much egg.
Also interesting article related to the oil spill posted by Ruth on FB, shame john deleted his 'rant' over there - it would have tied in with his argument, but he likes deleting.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

hyperbolic reality

i see night photography as an hyperbolic reality - by framing isolated areas of light in darkness - it contains the subject whilst simultaneously proposing an infinite in black

Tuesday, 25 May 2010


its not often that light, location and time conspire to create a little gem of surrealism, i'm not referring to the contrived surrealism of the movement, but that of life itself which is very much present in photography - Sontag says - surrealism lies at the heart of the photographic enterprise: in the very creation of a duplicate world, of a reality in the second degree, narrower but more dramatic than the one perceived by natural vision - it is photography that has best shown how to juxtapose the sewing machine and the umbrella.

Friday, 14 May 2010



'snapping the thread. . .'
Because the plains are full of asphodels

because despair is agreeable,

you grew an olive tree
out of your head
provisionally lubricating
the ache,

your eyelids
'rain drops on a dusty road'

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

kitchen sink drama

Thessaloniki was great, had a magnificent time with Natasha, walked and talked and she has the most fantastic house. Ευχαριστο Πιτσος φουρλις. 

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

talk to the hand

talk to the hand

"May those who curse days curse that day, those who are ready to rouse Leviathan."
state, church and fear

and a pinhole

Monday, 3 May 2010

a passage

a passage a paragraph a moment a word some thought the being not being reflected passing constructed inspired the grammar of light an opinion of lens miraculous wee beastie built think black square in place in face ramble rumble grumble .... for melina... what's everything?