By guest, 23-Jul-2011 09:42:00
Dank day with an atmosphere of hushed calm. Sat in my VW T2 EarlyBay Camper on the Ynyslas Dunes [Dovey Bay Side] looking over towards Machynlleth. Kettle steaming, Ikea Ginger-thin Crispy Biscuits put onto a Portmeirion design plate, coffee pot [plunger type] awaiting the choice of Ethiopian or Rwandan self ground coffee beans and demerera mused over as to whether it would enhance or spoil the resulting taste/aroma. The aroma will be mixed with Frankincense, Myrrh, Benzoin and Amber that are gently sizzling and popping in the small tin burner above the cherry scented tealight so I choose the demerera, not from a sense of having a fine "nose" but that it'll all mix and be heady anyway. I decided to break the silence with ambient music. An MP3 library full of New Age, Ambient, Jazz, Classical, Chantings, Poetry, the Beatles [only 'group' in there] and much, much more. Choice overwhelming. I scroll to a "much played". Deep Forest's "Boheme" begins playing on the old Sony MP3 with cheap, but surprisingly good, speakers attached and the voices crawl over the surrounding wet sands. Coffee, Biscuits and eventually, delving into the Billingham and extract the Pentax LX. The light ? Terrible, but the wetness had a sheen and it was worth one little frame of a neg. I pointed the camera down at the wet sand for the checking of shutter speed and f-stop with back up from my old Sekonic light meter. The spiral reminded me of the film "The Dark Crystal" and the spiral designs on the UrRu. Not a Skeksis in mental sight though, luckily, to spoil the atmosphere of the given moment. Much, much later in time, the negs would be developed. A 36 roll of Black and White Ilford negs tends to stay in the camera for a month, or maybe two, the way I choose my life's moments and become "photographer role mindset for the given half an hour" madness. I get overwhelmed too quickly by surroundings and wish to savour rather than saviour what lay before my eyes and senses. Still, this photograph gives an idea of that day and it's good to share. Good Fortune.
1. 02-Sep-2011 17:18:00 by graysummers
To see the world in a grain of sand.
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