The Obscure

The title of this piece is the Obscure after the book about Jude Fawley by Thomas Hardy.  The image is also printed on the text from a 1917 edition.  There are lots of reasons for this but the main one is if you don’t have an education, you are screwed. I’ve never read all of Jude the Obscure despite the fact that Thomas Hardy is one of my favourite writers. It’s just too bleak and sad. Even Michael Winterbottom’s film with Christopher Ecclestone and Kate Winslet is too much for me to sit through; poverty, siblicide, suicide all under the …

and lith

Sometimes, when you lith, you need something else to be doing in the mean time.  I was making some liquid emulsion prints yesterday and they are kind of time consuming, I was using rollei multigrade emulsion because the substrate is kind of soft and I wanted the text to come out.  So i made a lith at the same time.  Of course, it might have made more sense to not do it completely in old brown, but then I wouldn’t have had the entertaining two hours rocking the tray and then the added excitement of heating the soup to about …

lith printing

i liked being in the darkroom when i was in poland because the evenings are very dark and there was bugger all else to do once you’d had a couple of periogis and were wired on kawa parzona. i bought all the equipment from a bizarre shop which sold lovely hats at the front and photography stuff at the back.  it cost me about a million zlotys which was thirty quids in proper money in the dark and distant past. all of my other experiences in the dark room before or after were pretty miserable affairs. first at malvern adult …