Martin Yeates – Olympus, Ricoh & me

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Walking through the leaves

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Walking through the leaves, falling from the trees
Feeling like a stranger nobody sees
So many things that we never will undo
I know you’re sorry, I’m sorry too

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March 14, 2010 at 12:05 am

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Ground control to major Tom..

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When I saw this structure my first thought was it resembled a space ship coming into land, depending on your point of view that could be your worst nightmare or the answer to all your dreams..

What added to this was the vague shapes you can make out in the structure, it was shot on my ricoh gx100 and converted to b&w other than that it’s a straight shot.

On  completely unrelated point, I am considering  upgrading my Olympus and moving over to Pentax, this is for no other reason than the vast array of cheap glass that you can utilise. It has been a source of constant irritation to me  that the 4/3rds has limited lens compatibility, that and the premium you pay for the 4/3rds mount from independent makers..

I used Pentax film cameras and loved them, the lenses are stunning and have a similar lineage to Olympus, the beauty of the Pentax like Nikon is the ability to use all the old lenses without undue expense of buying the mount adaptors. I also like the fact the sensor size means not doubling up on focal length, it is not  a done deal as yet, so it may just be a fleeting thought on  my part. Should I do so it will mean a typo change, but rest assured the ricoh is here to stay.

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March 12, 2010 at 9:21 pm

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Double 13

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I have to say in the main I find most graffiti poorly done and lacking artistic merit in any way, alas the world is not full of Banksys,  his unique style and very powerful message is clear to see, they are not just an image but a wonderfully constructed narrative, long may he continue..

So why the picture of this I hear you ask ? On seeing this what drew me to it were the stars and the 13,  together with the weathered and distressed colours on the siding. I have no idea what the 13 alludes to nor the significance of the star..

The no holds barred part of my imagination sees a message for another dimension, or a code for  a terrestrial traveller, once I open that doorway the possibilities are endless. So for a moment let me ask you to sit back and concentrate on the picture, let your mind wander and see where your journey unfolds..

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March 12, 2010 at 8:55 am

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Land fill ?

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When I’m dead and gone what will happen to my images ? I had this discussion some time ago with my middle son, whilst he appreciates a good image he is not that into photography..

After some prolonged discussion I predicted that it would more than likely end up as land fill, for those who read this and recoil in horror may I pose this question ?

I have reached that age when folk you care deeply for start to depart this worldly existence, when this has happened there are certain things which must be done aside from the obvious grieving..

Estates are sorted out possessions are disposed of both to family / loved ones and there is always a visit to the local charity shop. Throughout our lives we accumulate a whole raft of items some of which are completely useless to keep hold of but still they stay, staring at us accusingly whenever we venture into the junk cupboard / room every house has!

You are then faced with something of a dilemma what do you keep? with each sorting the pile  grows ever smaller. I look at my negative files as I type this there are ten full to bursting plus a host of Ilford paper boxes crammed full of prints 10×8, 20×16 and everything in between, then there are those on my i mac and assorted Cd’s and  dvd’s. I am sure that some of the cherished images which connect to the family directly may well be saved from the pit, but the rest I have my doubts. This scenario is made worse as images are so easy to secure now the digital age is well and truly with us.

The image today is in keeping with this theme, I visited Bradford yesterday, and spent a while wandering around with the camera, it is a beautiful place and the past is there to see, from the cobbled streets to the old architecture. I loved it and will revisit soon, for now enjoy the pic which may be coming to a land fill near you !

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March 11, 2010 at 9:14 am

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Souls And Rain-drops

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I found this poem which for me sums up this picture…

Souls And Rain-Drops by Sidney Lanier

Light rain-drops fall and wrinkle the sea,
Then vanish, and die utterly.
One would not know that rain-drops fell
If the round sea-wrinkles did not tell.
So souls come down and wrinkle life
And vanish in the flesh-sea strife.
One might not know that souls had place
Were’t not for the wrinkles in life’s face.

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March 10, 2010 at 7:57 am

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Lost in a moment

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Whilst wandering around as I often do I saw this lady and allowed her to pass me by, as soon as she reached the point I wanted I took the shot. It was converted into B&W and cropped, I love the reflection and the balance of the image..

On a separate note I have been invited to join Society of PhotoBloggers, this was created by http://www.beckermanphoto.com/blog/, I have been a regular visitor to this site for a while, I love the content and both the quality of images and editorial is excellent.. It is fair to say that I am profoundly jealous of Davids location and would love to swap places for approx six months, the only problem being that I suspect I would not wish to return.

Every time I view his site and images I have an overwhelming desire to board a plane and just go, he brings to life the surroundings of New York in a beautiful and poetic way, pop over and check his site, you will not be disappointed…

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March 9, 2010 at 9:18 pm

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Have you seen the old man ?

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This was taken at a place called Cromer, I saw this chap sat alone and as luck would have it he had positioned himself perfectly..

It was then just a case of taking the picture, he was obviously aware of me but I guess chose to ignore my being there.

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March 8, 2010 at 8:05 am

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