Pinhole still life: glasses

Some weeks ago I spent a calm and reflective afternoon playing with a pair of spectacles and the low winter sunlight. The following three images were made with a Populist – a cardboard camera constructed from a cereal packet and designed to take standard 35mm film. The template for this wonderful camera is freely available from Nick Dvoracek’s site – Nick Dvoracek’s Pinhole Photography

Pinhole photograph: glasses into the light

Pinhole photograph: glasses with winter sidelight

Pinhole photograph: glasses and portrait of my parents

At Sea

I am aware that I haven’t posted for over a month. The past weeks have seen my world changed by a bout of illness and the death of my mother, from both of which I am now, thankfully, recovering. My philosophical side has taken these events as a means to take stock, change and, I hope, understand. The following poem was written a couple of days after my mum’s passing and the pinhole photograph fitted the mood perfectly as accompaniment.

“At Sea”

I woke this morning.
You were still gone.

The letters continue to fall on the mat;
soon they, too, will stop,
cease to flap like fish
on the deck of a boat
returning with quota.

As our lamps come on tonight,
TV stars you would watch
will shine like all our souls,
strutting and fretting their hour.
Perhaps tomorrow their last post
will land in an empty hall,
their children take breath and say,
“They lived life to the full,
they did their best.”

And the trawler will sail,
spill its catch, take these lives
to some port else,
free of sound and fury
where the lights still twinkle
at sea.

Pinhole photo: Self on Beach