Still life


Last week-end I attended a wet plate collodion workshop in Slovenia and it was such great fun! It was run by Topshit Photography – and it was Topshit for sure. Wet plate photography is a far cry from ‘spray and pray’ digital photography. The result is also a far cry from digital images. It’s really magic to see the image appear on this large 10 by 12 inch glass plate. Still life framed by a window, simple and very different from digital imagery. Is it better than digital? Hardly, if you look for technical perfection. However, to me it is pretty pleasing.

Derelict dwelling’s door

door 7

The house has been abandoned for years and is rapidly falling to pieces. Such a pity, it was probably quite nice once upon a time. The area has been going downhill for decades, but houses have generally been cared for as summer houses. Not this one though, the owner lives too far away to have any interest in it and it’s really passed the point when someone would like to buy. It is in a remote area – in spite of having been empty for years there are no signs of break-ins.

Hi Norm – it’s a contribution to your Thursday Doors

Broken spirit


Cities in Western and Northern Europe have a fair sprinkling of poverty stricken migrants from poor areas in Eastern Europe. Often these migrants are from ethnic minorities that have been disadvantaged and subject to discrimination for centuries. Life begging in the streets of rich countries feed the families at home. Broken societies create broken people.