Street Art

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These are all over Sternschanze / Feldstrasse right now. They remind me of a Picasso style paste up that that i saw around Rote Flora a couple of summers ago. That was an isolated one off piece – at least i don’t recall seeing others, but it really stuck with me. Along with other examples like the above, there was also the following:

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referencing beg4cred, which in turn leads to a South London artist, Samuel Mead (see instagram, bigcartel). My assumption is they are the same hand… maybe i’m wrong?

The style makes me think of the Austin Osman Spare’s automatic drawings, but more minimal. The fine lines in the one above flow perfectly, must be wonderful to feel them come out onto paper!

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Experiments with Camera Obscura

Several time i’d had the impression that the bedroom was behaving as a Camera Obscura, but i couldn’t make out the image well enough to understand what i was seeing. It’s certainly a matter of chance as to how the curtains are arranged…

One morning i picked up my phone and snapped the following image:

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which is rather indistinct! Forgetting that image would be inverted (vertically flipped) i guessed that i was seeing stretched / repeated chimney pots on a building opposite.

As my phone was struggling to find focus, or meter anything useful, i grabbed a few shots with the 5D… and promptly forgot about it. The following weekend, while processing the images on that card i came across them again, and realised that they were inverted. Rotating them results in this:

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which is much more obviously a building outside the window. Cool!

All it takes is blackout curtains, a gap, and a view… unfortunately without a mobile home it’s a rather limited camera.

Visions of a flat sided van turned into a camera are swiftly brushed aside.

Various Failures

Recently when working through the backlog of film in the fridge, i managed to develop a roll that had obviously been nowhere near a camera. Oops. So professional.

Perhaps to balance that out there was also a roll that had been through the XPan at least twice, and perhaps three times, in London (once in August 2016, again in August 2017), Hamburg, and Nagano. The results are, to say the least, chaotic.

Also in this batch of films was a roll of Ilford SFX 200 shots of my neighbours water damaged ceiling. Obviously under-exposed and consequently rather “moody”. It’s all so much water under the bridge, etc.

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