Looking for images for a future blog post I came across a few negatives I’d scanned in a while ago (of course I didn’t find the ones I was looking for !) I thought this one would be good for Leanne Cole’s“Monochrome Wednesday” challenge.
Olympus OM2n, Vivitar 19mm, Konica ir750 infrared film, Red filter.
I took this image in 1993 whilst wandering around Latvia in my uncle’s old Moskvitch car that he kindly insured and placed at my disposal. It was great being on the road at that time, there was so little traffic about once you got out of the confines Riga.
Blackbird alarm calls got me up and out into the garden, I knew there was a nest in my Holly tree. With the weather being so poor earlier on this year I never managed to give the tree a good pruning, a painful process (for me that is), the leaves are very sharp. The cause of the alarm calls were my two cats who were mooching around the tree looking for somewhere out of the sun to settle down for a sleep.
So now I’m fretting for the well being of the Blackbird chicks. I’ve talked to the the cats about them but they weren’t impressed. My old Tomcat (Orlando) never bothered about birds too much, but the girls are fascinated by them.
Later on I decided to do a bit more sorting out of the spare bedroom/ex darkroom and came across a box of prints I had forgotten about. They are all from infrared film, and were very tricky to print, but scanned in well.
The ones above were taken on the way to Barmouth and Portmeirion.
Near Settle – Yorkshire
These were all taken on Kodak HIE infrared on my Olympus OM2n.
Old Footbridge, Rundale Pils, Latvia
This was taken on Konica IR750 film on my Rolleiflex in 1993. Rundale Palace has been beautifully restored now.
This was taken on the Bay of Riga near Apšuciems, (a place I have great deal of difficulty in pronouncing correctly) After a hot day it’ was lovely to walk along the beach and feel the soft cooling breeze.
I haven’t been out and about much this week, taking the opportunity to do a bit of tidying up in the garden when the weather has been good. Did manage to get into town on Monday though and captured a few doors for the excellent Norm 2.0 blog.
Another former Hosiery factory, the stone and brickwork set the door off.
Former Police Station #1
Former Police Station #2
The police station was built in 1933 of Portland stone and is Grade 11 listed.
I couldn’t finish without a Blue Door.
Took this one in 1993 on my first visit to Riga, Latvia. I liked the old cannons embedded into the pavement and the two imposing faces. (The door has now been restored and to me at least doesn’t look anywhere near as good)
I was hoping to post some images from my replacement Olympus OM40 that I bought a couple of months ago, I scanned the negs and when I opened them in Photoshop there were dust specs all over them. I am a man of patience but… so I will re-scan them later in the week.
So here are the last images from my Latvia visit.
Wild flowers at the family cemetery.
Grandfather, Grandmother and my Mum
Half of my Mums ashes are buried in Latvia the other half in the UK.
On the family farmland, one tree planted for each of my Mums brothers.
Sigulda National Park from Turaida Castle
Sigulda is a beautiful park, looking forward to visiting it again.
We stopped off here early evening on the way back to Riga, it’s a popular swimming and fishing spot.
Just on the edge of Riga is the Ethnographic Museum, I first visited the site in 1993, at that time it was just getting started so it was really good to go back and see how it has come along. They have lots of exhibitions, festivals, and craft fairs throughout the year, not to mention an excellent shop/cafe that sells lovely food and Latvian beer.
Here are a few photographs from the museum site, as usual could have spent a lot longer looking around.
Old Wooden Mill
Mossy roof on this old farm building
While we were waiting for my relatives at the end of our visit this lovely affectionate cat came and sat by us demanding lots of fuss, a great way to end our day.