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A Quiet Holiday

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This has been another really special thing for 2011 – rediscovering my grandpa’s large collection of Super 8 film from the 1950s – 70s.

This one is particularly special. Cine film of the McNeill summer of 1973. Masterfully converted to digital by the fabulously talented, Evi Tsiligaridou. Soundtrack put together by me, with music by Yann Tiersen, Grizzly Bear and Sidney Bechet

I hope you enjoy it.

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March 27, 2011 at 9:13 pm

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Firsts

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This is a big set of firsts for me. First medium format camera with no light meter, attempting to master the art of the masterful guess when it comes to aperture and shutter speed. First film entirely processed by me, firstly by guddling about in the black padded t-shirt with elasticated arm band in an attempt to get the film on the reel for processing. First for mixing the chemicals, pouring and agitating to the stop watch. First for the miracle of seeing an image appear on the negative when processed film is finally washed and hung and ready for printing/scanning.

So here is the result (well one of them). I’m completely amazed that I managed to get this far in the process and produce a proper image out of it. Now I think I have the bug, to do it again soon, do it often, do it better – but in the meantime I’m pretty pleased with this collection of firsts.

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March 27, 2011 at 8:54 pm

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Evening sunlight

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Evening Sunlight

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March 24, 2011 at 8:25 pm

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Woody (in a stranglehold)

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Woody

Woody (in a stranglehold)

I have been known to cry at adverts so I’m not necessarily the best person to comment on this. But Toy Story 3!?! I wasn’t quite expecting to be fighting back the tears at the end of that film. I kept having to remind myself that it was only a kids film, that it wasn’t like Bambi’s mother had just died, no-one had died, had they? We’re only … well … mourning the passing of childhood … goddamit … pass me the tissues again.

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March 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm

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Turnip Genocide

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Turnip Genocide

An odd thing on the side of the road. Turnips. Abandoned by the lorry load, or so it seemed.

Looking like something from the Killing Fields and smelling intensely of rotting vegetables.

An assault on the eyes and the nose.

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March 16, 2011 at 9:47 pm

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Boo

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Boo

Boo

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March 11, 2011 at 9:47 pm

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Quack

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March 10, 2011 at 10:15 pm

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