A picture of the wind…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: allerion, pennill, swissing, ventose, ianthine, and replevy. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. Extra marks will be awarded to students with crisp white collars.
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EPSON scanner imageHere’s another picture from my days of old-style, film and darkroom, black and white photography. Oh, how I miss those days of smelly chemicals, the red-lit room, focussing the lens on the film grain, the smell of heated metal from the enlarger, poking the paper around with tongs in the plastic trays of liquid, hanging the prints to dry on a line with clothes pegs… No, I don’t miss it at all – it was very messy and fiddly, and when you turned the white light on at end of the session you could see all the white spots on the photos caused by tiny specks of dust on the negatives. Phew! I’m glad that’s all done with. I love my little £80 digital Nikon.
Anyway, here’s a photograph from those days. Not a lot going on, is there? But it has a kind of stark beauty I think. As you see at the top of the page, I have given this piece the title, A Picture of the Wind.
It was probably taken in the 1980s somewhere on the north bank of the River Humber where the prevailing wind from the North Sea comes ripping across the low-lying land. It may not have been particularly windy that day, but all the plants, and that little tree, have certainly got the idea from which direction they can expect it…
Not a bad picture, if you like a bit of bleakness…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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2 Responses to A picture of the wind…

  1. Oh I do like bleakness…..and black and white film bleakness is just wonderful! The large bush/tree looks rather monster-like, don’t you think? Leaning over to the left with claws reaching out to pounce on an unsuspecting little creature. Anyway, can you ask Professor Mouldie what Pennill means, please because I can’t find it anywhere…!

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Thank you scribbleartie. I have been in telephonic communication with Professor Mouldie, he was very grumpy, but and he says, “Pennill, noun, a form of Welsh improvised verse.”
      Hm, nice…

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