It’s been a lean month photographically mainly as I’ve been preoccupied with projects in the workshop, earning some cash to pay my tax bill, also the weather has been a bit shit and the trains to London have been screwed. Excuses excuses ! Anyway here’s one I did a couple of weeks ago again just at the back of London Road , it’s sort of growing me, so much so it may even make it aboard the ark.
I spent a good half hour chatting with this lovely gent while he fed the pigeons and he regaled me with stories of his army days, life in post war London and general life history. Never once asked me a question who I was or what I was about, nor did I mind at all, he was obviously a bit lonely and just happy to have some human company and I was more than happy to listen to a slice of life and times of a tough and gentle generation who are gradually disappearing.
Along with the coughs and colds life seems to have returned seamlessly to it’s inescapable routine of work, school, family commitments and has left little time for ‘straggling’ with the camera so hence I’m making a conscious effort to head eastwards out of town this weekend for the earthly delights of Hastings and Bexhill. In many ways though it’s been a productive last month in the workshop, my son Wilf is increasingly more confident with his woodworking skills and will start driving lessons next week ( hence the photo), the ‘Ark’ is way ahead of schedule but still plenty more to do, and I’ve managed to clear up a few other jobs that seem to have been hanging around for an age.
As part of my background research for my an Ark in the UK I’ve been reading the Bronowski’s ‘Ascent of Man’ ( Darwin’s version was the Descent of Man) which brings all the stuff about how we arrived to ‘where we are at’ today in a series of very readable essays. It’s certainly gone some ways to filling a few gaps in my limited understanding of man’s evolution. Roll on the next pub quiz.
Hopefully back in the darkroom next week I’ve half a dozen films awaiting development, and I’m feeling optimistic about a few of the images…. which is always fatal.
O.k party time is over now and the hangover period of January,February, March begins. Strangely though the current temperature outside feels more like April or May and I haven’t even had to turn the heating on so far this winter yet, we’ve just relied on burning off cuts from the workshop to keep us warm. Shame because I want it to snow. Happy New Year all. xxx