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Re: Ray's Photos

Postby Rayge » 27 Jan 2021, 15:10

Part 3

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Pomp and Circumstance

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Cross Purposes

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Fishface

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Spate

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Exmoor visits Taunton

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Steps

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Re: Ray's Photos

Postby Rayge » 27 Jan 2021, 15:11

Part 4
To round it off, some pictures taken on spare cameras because numbers one and two had failed

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The Garden Room

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Jolly-Up

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Moon Capture

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Raynaud's

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Staplegrove Parish Church

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Tipping PoInt

And that's that for the unlamented 2020. Have taken far fewer pics this month than usual, but am using the umpteenth lockdown to finally get around to scanning in a few thousand slides from the late ’80s to 2010 or so, giving a different look to these posts
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Re: Ray's Photos

Postby Rayge » 13 Feb 2021, 19:14

As I was saying above, January was an unfecund time for photos, not only because my two best cameras had given up the ghost and that there wasn't much I found worth looking at , but also because the annually increasing severity of my Raynaud's Phenomenon makes the whole thought of removing my gloves to manipulate a small piece of cold metal for just a few seconds decidedly unpalatable.
And while it takes a few seconds to tweak each digital image into the shape I want, scanning in, then cleaning up, 30-year-old transparencies takes upwards of five minutes per picture on average, so a long process. So here I am for just the second time this year, starting with a few from January.

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Reprieved
Scrap was due to go into the vet's for a major operation on 5 January to repair a damaged cruciate ligament that he has been carrying since puppyhood, and which he aggravated last May. And then in came another lockdown the day before and the whole thing was postponed sine die

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Déjeuner Sur l'Herbe
A brave and/or crazy swimmer prepares for a dip in the freezing Tone, presumably after removing her beanie

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Drowned

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Frost Fronds

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Chilled Flows the Tone

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Colour Shock
Yellow and January - does not compute

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Postby Rayge » 13 Feb 2021, 19:16

Part Two

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Fancy a Dip?
Foaming hypothermia available at French Weir

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Hello There!

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Dancing Wraiths

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When Dentists Go Rogue...

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Po' Ray's a-Cold

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Postby Rayge » 13 Feb 2021, 19:21

Part Three
That's enough chilly January for now. I discovered nearly 400 slides from approx June-November 1989 in a box, but unfortunately at some point they had been spilled and mixed, so the time and place bop about for a bit, making narrative coherence difficult. There was a lot was going on. sometime in there I left the flat in Carlton Mansions, Cricklewood, NW London, where I had been living for 12 years, the last couple on my own, to stay above a friend's shop in Belsize Road, Kilburn ( the flat was sold to said friend's nieces and their partners, which was a handy arrangement). Chip, whom I'd married the year before, was living in Mangotsfield, East Bristol, with Sally, a Jack Russel/whippet cross. We did not set up home together until shortly before Xmas the following year. I was working one or two days a week in-house at Marshall Cavendish in Wardour Street, Soho, sub-editing a partwork on antiques called Times Past.

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Sweet Peas
Grown by Chip by the cordon method in her garden at Mangotsfield, picking every other day.

One issue of Times Past featured an article I wrote on juke boxes, and a photo session was set up with a dealer in Willesden, just a short bus ride from the Mansions. I went along to direct the shoot, and took my camera with me-
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Rock-Ola
I wondered what a 1930s juke-box had to do with Rock and Roll, but Rockola was the name of the company's founding family, who were Czechs iirc.

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Tower of Song
The Singing Towers juke was as tall as me

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Pout
In a yard outside, the dealer had a life-size fibre-glass statue of Marilyn. And why not?

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Updraught

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On the Street Where I Live(d)
Coming back from Willesden on the top deck of a bus. The Mansions can just be glimpsed through the trees in the centre of the picture

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Postby Rayge » 13 Feb 2021, 19:22

Part Four

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War Wound
The only picture I have of my Swiss Army knife, stolen just a week or two after I bought it

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Sunset Gothic

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Flaked
Phil the Prof enjoying the facilities at the Mansions

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Tosca
Elderly but engaging fleabag owned by my sister-in-law, Kiki

Another thing that was happening about this time was that I was traveling to Putney once a week for a regular health appointment. East Putney tube station was closer, but the walk was dull, so I would get off at Putney Bridge and cross the Thames on a footpath attached to the railway bridge. The
stanchions of the barrier between the walkway and the trains was smothered in several layers of grafitti, and I took to taking pictures of it using various close-up lenses to abstract them. I took loads of these over a two-year period, so get used to them...
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Hudson Bay

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Approaching Skull Island

The rest of January, and more – many more – coming from 1989 soon
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Re: Ray's Photos

Postby Tom Waits For No One » 14 Feb 2021, 16:48

Rayge wrote:
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Pout
In a yard outside, the dealer had a life-size fibre-glass statue of Marilyn. And why not?

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Updraught

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Looks like a copy of the Marilyn statue in Ken Russell's 'Tommy'

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Give a shit or be a shit.

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Postby Rayge » 14 Feb 2021, 19:18

Finishing off January 2021 first, then back to 1989

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Peril

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Misery

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Lock
Lost this key and fob this very day while walking the dog

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Paris and Helen

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Snifter

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Psychenaut

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Postby Rayge » 14 Feb 2021, 19:31

Part Two
Back to the grafitti

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Vintage Violence

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Loop

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Bursting in Air

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Blood and Stars

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Dark Matters

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Minerality

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The End of Empire

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Postby Rayge » 14 Feb 2021, 19:33

Part Three
Meanwhile, back in the representational zone

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Serenity
No idea whose window

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Red Line Fever
Remember that I would later in the year move in above a friend's shop? They sold bespoke designer radiators from Switzerland.

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Pub Lunch
The magic of the interwebz tells me this is Sutton Berenger, near Chippenham. Sallywags, Chip, and her neighbour in Mangotsfield, Telstar (Terry, actually, but he was a star). In lieu of a living parent, he 'gave away' Chip at our wedding. Lovely man

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Full Pelt
With her whippet ancestry, Sal could really shift. Lovely mover

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Explosion in a Fur Factory
Tallullah and I shared a birthday, and although she always lived with Chip, She was generally considered my cat.

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Abalone
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Postby Rayge » 22 Feb 2021, 20:51

More from the summer of 1989

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Vista
Looking south from Mangotsfield Common, Bristol

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M4
Time exposure on a night drive

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Get Orf My Lawns
Gladstone Park, NW London

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Floral Display
Marshfield

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Roll-Ups
Somewhere in Wiltshire

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Crop
Mangotsfield

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Postby Rayge » 22 Feb 2021, 20:55

Part Two

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Sweet

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Balloonatics
Chip and Sally at Bath Racecourse

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Rolling
View from Lansdown, nr. Bath

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Ripped Backsides
Escher-style pile-up in London (probably Soho)

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Pond Life
Glasdstone Park again

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Blue Balls
Carlton Mansions

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Postby Rayge » 22 Feb 2021, 20:56

Part Three
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Party in My Mind
Night view from the Mansions

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Storm Front
In Swansea, visiting Clive's second ex, Sarah, and his son, Matthew

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Rock Arch
Matt climbing

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Matt, aged 10

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Sarah

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Hinterland
Somewhere in South Wales

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Postby Rayge » 22 Feb 2021, 20:58

Part Four

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Revelations

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Rocks
Avon Gorge, Bristol

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Brunel's Masterpiece
The Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

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Sailing

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Hammer
Guest appearance from Billy, wielding my camera as I sling a hammer (upside-down Frisbee throw). He got the shot and caught the disc.

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Snuffling
Two hedgehogs outside my mother's house in Hertfordshire

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Re: Ray's Photos

Postby kath » 27 Feb 2021, 03:34

Rayge wrote:Part Four

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i love this. i absolutely love it.

it should be an album cover. some damn thing.

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Postby Rayge » 04 Mar 2021, 18:19

kath wrote:i love this. i absolutely love it.

it should be an album cover. some damn thing.

Thanks Kath. I'm going to use this opportunity to repeat something I said close to the beginning of this thread. If anyone wants to download any of these photos for their own creative purposes, have at it. The reason I took them in the first place was to scratch some creative itches of my own, and the reason I put them up on the interwebz is that, as an anarcho-commie hippie snowflake vegetarian libtard I like to share. What else am I going to do with them?

Onward, back in ’89

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Squad
Spurs line up for a pre-season friendly at White Hart Lane in August
Fromn memory, left to right, ?, Gary Lineker, Paul Allen, Gary Stevens, Paul Walsh, Pat van den Hauwe, Paul Stewart, David Howells, Erik Thorsvedt, Paul Gascoigne, Gary Mabbutt

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Reg x 7

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Bill x 7
Both taken with one of my favourite Cokin filters

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Moving
Billy sort of helping me pack to leave the Mansions after 12 years

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Sig
Written in grass

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Postby Rayge » 04 Mar 2021, 18:24

Part Two

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Phone Selfie

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Yucca

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Western Bath from Lansdown

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Sally Forth

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Vista
Kelston Round Hill and the view South across the Avon Valley from Bath Racecourse

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Line-Up
Boats moored in the Thames downriver of Putney

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Part 3

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Flotsam
On the Thames foreshore at Putney, low tide

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Wave Dysfunction

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Evening Elegance
Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath

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Long Dress, Long Shadows
Chip on Hampstead Heath

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Dodecahedron
Kilburn Park tube station

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Kandinsky

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Postby Rayge » 04 Mar 2021, 18:27

Part Four

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Maida Vale by Moonlight

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Party Time
Auntie Ciss's 80th birthday, 13 October. L-r Cissie, Uncle Edwin, Aunt Hilda, Snoopy. Cissie's flat in Bounds Green. Ciss was the oldest of my mother's three surviving sisters (three more died in childhood), and Hilda the youngest (born 1924). Edwin was Hilda's husband

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Cutting
Mum and Cissie

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Cafe Society
Cafe de Daphne in Bristol

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London View
East from Primrose Hill

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Prospect of Neasden
From Gladstone Park, Dollis Hill

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Postby Rayge » 04 Mar 2021, 18:30

Part Five

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Hat

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Rise
Looking South-East from Primrose Hill, a very different skyline from today

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Autumn
Whien I was living in Kilburn, and Chip was driving down from Mangostfield with Sally every weekend, I wqoould got for long walks to Primrose Hill, then down to the Rgents Canal and Regents Park: on sunny days I would take lots of pictures

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Canalside

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Barge Art

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Basin
Camden Lock

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