I took my own advice and spent a bit of time drawing things yesterday.
Being at a bit of a loose end at the moment, I’ve been rediscovering Corel Painter and my Wacom Intuos. The above is based on a photo taken some time ago, but I thought it worth the effort of “transcribing” into a digital artwork.
Another week passes in which I haven’t taken a photo, or even taken my camera gear out of the bag. If I am as keen a photographer as I make out, this is a worry to me. Why would I neglect a creative interest so? What could possibly be a reason for not getting out making pictures?
First, the excuses. I don’t have time (the most feeble excuse known to man). The days are too short and dark. The weather has been inclement. There are no interesting things to photograph within walking distance (with the price of fuel these days, I keep unnecessary car journeys to an absolute minimum). The house is so cluttered I can’t find room for a small indoor studio.
They are just excuses. I am smart enough that I should be able to go out for a walk and get some images, no matter what the weather or lighting conditions. It’s part of the fun of photography, after all, this need to learn new stuff, to push the boundaries of my knowledge.
While I ponder such matters concerning digital photography, and whether I may as well sell my gear if I am not going to actually use it, I’ve been finding some time to digitise images from my past photographic life. I have been making pictures on and off for nearly 30 years now, and I have drawers and boxes stuffed with film negatives and prints just crying out to be seen again. A request from an old acquaintance for images I might have from a model railway thing I was involved with some years ago gave me cause to actually pull negs out of their dark hideaways to find suitable shots.
Of course, I discovered loads of other images I had forgotten about. I set the strips of negatives to one side, and made myself a promise I would at least try to get the more interesting stuff scanned fairly quickly. I have been doing just that these past few days — though this first pass of scans is more to see what’s there than to truly archive the images. A few things have to slot into place before I can get the proper grown-up scanner in place to make proper archive versions.
In a way, I hope being able to review stuff I took when I was much younger and greener will encourage me to get the modern gear out and keep at it. I need something to really fire my enthusiasm again. As I type, I realise it’s been nearly four months since I last handled the DSLR. This is not good. Not good at all.
This made me smile. The world would be a nicer place if we had more people like Ben Wilson.
A somewhat inevitable musical choice, though. Lack of imagination?
I’ve just been fiddling with a new theme for the blog, which is nice. I’ve just realised, though, I’ve become a bit obsessed with BBC News in the past month or so. I think I need to get out more, or change my outlook a bit, so my blog posts don’t all end up being just a rant against the news agenda.Actually, with reference to my last post here about modelling, I spent much of this past weekend in our workshop. I was knocking out some 4mm scale wagons, which have been lying about on my shelves for over a decade. I’d decided they’d be better put to good use on Cobdown’s Wouldham Town, so I dusted down the reference works, got the tools out and knuckled down. There’s a short train on the bench now, just waiting for some paint. They should make their first public appearance at the Wigan FRM model railway exhibition, 11th and 12th December. With a creative and sometimes restless mind, it really does me good to get away and create things with my hands. I really need to make more space for it in my life, when life lets me.