Funeral for his late virility

Cleaning out my mailbox. Mail reads (in part):

Des Esseintes stages a funeral for his late virility:

In the dining room, hung in black & opening on the transformed garden with its ash-powdered walks, its little pool now bordered with basalt & filled with ink, its clumps of cypresses & pines, the dinner had been served on a table draped in black, adorned with baskets of violets & scabiouses, lit by a candelabra from which green flames blazed, & by chandeliers from which wax tapers flared.

To the sound of funeral marches played by a concelaed orchestra, nude negresses, wearing slippers & stocking of silver cloth with patterns of tears, served the guests.

Out of black-edged plates they had drunk turtle soup & eaten Russion rye bread, ripe Turkish olives, caviar, smoked Frankfort black pudding, game with sauces that were the color of licorice & blacking, truffle gravy, chocolate cream, puddings, nectarines, grape preserves, mulberries & black-heart cherries; they had sipped, out of dark glasses, wines from Limagnes, Roussillon, Tenedos, Val de Penas & Porto, & after the coffee & walnut brandy had partaken of kvas & porter & stout.

Huysmans, what a glorious piece of Victoriana…


As previously noted, i’ve made the move over to Ilford. And have ended up liking a combination of HP5+ and Delta Pro in various situations. Up until i’ve mostly been working blind. That is, developing the negatives, but not having any way to scan them. And, while it’s nice to have the occasional wetprint made, it’s not really a great solution for getting stuff out there on the net. (Pipe down at the back there Storey!)

Anyway, now i have a scanner i’ve been looking at some of the negatives.

Here’s a little chunk of 1-to-1 grain from the middle (Delta 400 Pro pushed to 1600 using Ilfotec DD-X at 20C):

Lovely and soft! I’m really rather happy. The only issue is that Ilford need to work on their quality control / consistency. They aren’t great at getting the film rolled, which seems to result in the film markings turning up really close to the exposed frame.


Ever since the Mg project went quietly into the night, i’ve not had a place online to show exhibition selections. Flickr is fine as a stream consciousness / photography notebook tool, but when it comes to isolating the photography that you actually care about into discrete, isolated pieces, it’s far to cluttered.

Build / hosting my own site takes more… lets just say that i lack the patience for building websites after work. To those of you that manage it, hats off, etc.

This isn’t a new problem. A year or so ago i opened an account at a site called PortfolioBox. Unfortunately it turned out to be a disaster to use, and i lost interest. Today i went back and tried again.

Building that took me all of half an hour. Very nice. And, it gives me an uncluttered place to show my exhibited works.

The next question: is this the place to put up the other collections that seem to hang together in some way?

This photography thing is a hobby for me. Doing exhibitions with friends is a  fulfilling exercise, maybe even doing solo shows… although i don’t tend to shoot enough on one theme to make that possible. But, where is all this going? People aren’t lining up to commission me to shoot things for them, no stream of orders for prints trickles into my mailbox… is that even what i want?

Bah! Anyway, there are my exhibited works. Enjoy.


Not much snow, and it’s already all gone, but enough to remind me that i get giddy watching it.

Obviously a new challenge: snow photography!

Sort feels like it might benefit from a flash… dangerous thought.

Aokigahara Trip

Just back from an amazing couple of days in Aokigahara (commonly known, as ‘the suicide forest’) around Mt. Fuji. Tired to the point of being un-able to type…

Incredible place. Real shame that it isn’t known for it’s wild beauty rather than it’s (modern) history of suicide.

Shot a load of film, filled up some cf cards… happy times 🙂

More later.

Pretty Desperate

From an AP piece:

Radioactive debris from melted fuel rods may have seeped deeper into the floor of a Japan’s tsunami-hit nuclear reactor than previously thought, to within a foot from breaching the crucial steel barrier, a new simulation showed Wednesday.

Emphasis mine. Note that they don’t actually know where the fuel has actually gone:

Some experts have raised questions about achieving the “cold shutdown,” which means bringing the temperature of the pressure vessel containing healthy fuel rods to way below the benchmark 100 Celsius (212 Fahrenheit). They say the fuel is no longer there and measuring the temperature of empty cores is meaningless, while nobody knows where and how hot the melted fuel really is.

Which all probably means that the reactor vessel is cooling down nicely due to the absence of any fuel. 30cm of concrete doesn’t fill me with great confidence. Didn’t the Russians end up mining under Chernobyl and pouring a new concrete slab?

It’s hard not to get the impression that Tepco is still winging it, and that this saga is a long way from over.