“A nearly impenetrable thicket of geekitude…”

June 2012

Use Maturity Fruits

Use Maturity Fruits.

Cut the top of the lemon, introduce the part of the tool with the teeths and tur it down.

Your left hand hold the cup, while the right hand twist the lemon and press her softly at variable points.

Serve her directly at the table, squeeze the lemon softly and enjoy the juice wherever you want.

At least put the lemon down in her ceramics vessel.


Silver & Light

Ian Ruhter makes photographs with a large camera. A very large camera. His camera is so large that it is essentially the rear end of a big blue cargo van, which at least means transportation is built in.

He’s using the wet collodion process which amongst other things means pouring noxious chemicals over the plates in the field. The introduction to his short documentary shows some of this process in a deliciously misleading way, and has a fair bit of footage of the plate preparation and shooting processes.

The plates themselves, which in this process also carry the final image, are large sheets of metal. I thought I was stretching things a bit when I worked with 5x4 inch negatives: one of Ruhter’s standard plate sizes seems to be 5x4 feet.

If you’ve never seen large images from a direct imaging process like this, it’s tempting to regard this as a bit of a gimmick, or at best just a way of making a really large photographic print. That’s not what you experience when you stand in front of something like a 20”x24” Polaroid. Photographs like this have a physical presence; it’s immediately clear that they are, to paraphrase what Ruhter says in the film, not enlargements and not copies, but original and unique objects.

I’m really glad there are still people in the world crazy enough to do this kind of thing.


EPS International 2012 Entry Closes Soon

The Edinburgh Photographic Society has been running an annual open exhibition since its founding in 1861; this is believed to be the oldest continuously running photographic exhibition in the world. That’s one and a half centuries, which makes my paltry two-decade-or-so stint as the exhibition’s Database Wrangler look rather paltry.

This year, the 150th Annual Exhibition of Photography will be held in Edinburgh from the 7th of August to 4th September. Entries for the exhibition close on the 22nd of June, which means that you still have time to participate if you’re quick.

This year, the awards available have been extended to commemorate the 150th Exhibition, so if you have ever considered entering this would be a great time to do so.

Entry forms and copies of the rules can be found at:

Good luck!