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We had half an hour's decent daylight last Sunday. So I took a break from the festive housework...
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Edit:
Some people have expressed interest in the pictures in the background.
The Japanese picture in V1 is one of three that I bought in a bric-a-brac shop in Durham in 1971. They cost £28, my annual grant as a postgrad was £480; I must have been mad, but I have always loved them.
I have found out a certain amount of information about them. They are early 19th Century wood block prints on rice paper, mass-produced and sold cheaply – the colouring is very simple, just black ink, blue, a soft grey-green and terracotta. They quite probably came to the UK as packing in tea chests.
One depicts elegant couples walking among chrysanthemums, by a river – that is the least interesting of the three.
One shows the interior of a brothel, with traditional paper screens dividing the rooms, and a girl in a state of semi-undress running out of a bedroom. From looking into this one I learnt that you can recognise a Japanese prostitute by the way she ties her sash...
This one is the most interesting though. A lord is seated at a meal, attended by his geishas. A number of tiny, transparent, faceless beings are climbing all over the figures, plucking at their garments, trying to attract attention. You can see two of them in this detail.
A Japanese friend of our daughter explained that they are the souls of aborted babies.
V2: Some years before Bill retired, his school staged Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and Bill played viola in the orchestra. A local artist, Hilary Feeney, whose children attended the school, made some sketches at rehearsals. She later worked these into large-scale paintings for sale, but she left a montage of little sketches at the school and Bill appears in three of them. When he retired he asked if he could keep it as a leaving present.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:50.0 mm f/1.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:23 Dec 2012 - 2:03 PM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.8
Aperture:f/2.5
Shutter Speed:1/50sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Just hanging around
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:27 Dec 2012 - 8:09 AM
Tags:Black & white, Specialist / abstract
Votes:54
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Hermanus
Hermanus  1 South Africa
27 Dec 2012 - 8:20 AM

These colourful decorations looks great even in mono ! Well taken Moira !!

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barbarahirst
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27 Dec 2012 - 8:22 AM

I am intrigued how you took this ....
recognise the Japanese figure in the background

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cats_123
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27 Dec 2012 - 8:24 AM

like the `woolybill sketch' !! GrinGrin

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nonur
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27 Dec 2012 - 8:29 AM

Beautiful, cleverly done B&W shots, Moira, reflections and pictures behind are bonus.

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27 Dec 2012 - 8:34 AM


Quote: recognise the Japanese figure in the background


Quote: like the `woolybill sketch' !!


Quote: ...pictures behind are bonus

Both pictures have interesting histories, I shall post some information later on when I have time to type at length!
Thanks folks, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.
Moira

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CarolG
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27 Dec 2012 - 8:42 AM

Great reflections in the baubles, Moira, and the sketch looks like Rolf Harris Grin Carol

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Richsr
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27 Dec 2012 - 8:45 AM

Going with V1 of this set, well worked Moria,
Regards Richard

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barbarahirst
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27 Dec 2012 - 9:08 AM

i was too early for V2 ....SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
and thanks for the explanation

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27 Dec 2012 - 9:25 AM

A very interesting foreword Moira, supported by a rather interesting observational study. The mono works very well as it seems to calm down what would otherwise be and explosion of colour.

Regards Nathan Grin

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nonur
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27 Dec 2012 - 9:30 AM

Thank you for the added info, Moira. I didn't know Bill played viola. Besides, it's nice to know the story behind the sketch. An American friend of mine who is the art director of Shaw Chicago Company collects Japanese paintings, bids for them at ebay, etc. He believes that their value will greatly increase in near future.Wink I enjoyed reading about both pictures.

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27 Dec 2012 - 9:35 AM

Thanks again folks. I was lucky in that I was at Durham University at the time, it has the Gulbenkian Museum of Oriental art and culture, and they were very helpful.

Quote: I didn't know Bill played viola.

Bill plays anything and everything apart from brass instruments. Musical instruments take up even more space in the house than camera gear...
Moira

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27 Dec 2012 - 9:47 AM

I particularly like v2

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27 Dec 2012 - 10:34 AM

Thanks for the info, Moira. v2 does like Rolf!! v1 is an excellent composition. The square format with frames within frames and the contrast between Japanese and Christian culture, baubles, reflections and a beautifully shaped ribbon. Classic pure photography and so well done.

Dave

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27 Dec 2012 - 10:45 AM

Thanks again everyone. I like V1 but am not satisfied with it, I want a bit more space at the bottom and on the right. But we have had no decent light since Sunday, the weather has been unremittingly grim, and this isn't a job for flash.
I took V1 while balanced on a sofa, by the way, and for V2 I used a little two-step ladder that we have acquired for photographic purposes.
Moira

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27 Dec 2012 - 10:56 AM

Always interesting to view and read. Sylvia

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aniamoore  1 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2012 - 11:46 AM


Quote: I didn't know Bill played viola.
Bill plays anything and everything apart from brass instruments. Musical instruments take up even more space in the house than camera gear...
Moira

Multi tasking, then!!TongueTongueTongueTongueTongue
AniaWink

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helenlinda
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27 Dec 2012 - 12:07 PM

Fascinating information about your three pictures Smile
Good capture of you on the steps WinkWink
Helen

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27 Dec 2012 - 12:19 PM

These are so beautiful and such dear mementos from a life lived well.

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27 Dec 2012 - 12:30 PM

Hope you had a restful Christmas Moira Smile
Ron.

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2012 - 12:34 PM

Lots of interesting elements in this well composed image, Moira.

P.

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27 Dec 2012 - 12:46 PM

& why not mono?

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Daisymaye
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27 Dec 2012 - 1:22 PM

How interesting, the write up and the pictures. Like them both very much........Sandy

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27 Dec 2012 - 1:23 PM

The one of you perched on the ladder in v2 is particularly good, especially as Bill is playing accompanying music Smile I like the framing in v2, and that the exposure is brighter than that of v1.

Both nice still life images, and the exposure on the metal of the balls is excellent.

Interesting commentary to read also. I have some Chinese art on my walls and I'm especially fond of sumi-e.

Anne

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27 Dec 2012 - 1:23 PM

Unusual to see images like this in mono Moira and it works so well.

Ken.

ps, the sun came out briefly about ten minutes ago and now we are back in the gloom Sad

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photophantom
27 Dec 2012 - 2:28 PM

Thousand Words images
Dennis

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27 Dec 2012 - 4:26 PM


Quote: I like the framing in v2, and that the exposure is brighter than that of v1.

V2 is nearer to the window!
Cheers everyone,
Moira

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27 Dec 2012 - 7:33 PM

2 great still life mono's.Smile

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UrbaneMagick
27 Dec 2012 - 8:40 PM

Hi Moira, interesting picture..and absolutely fascinating background story on the "inner" pictures & their story.

Thankyou for the votes on my Solstice Druid series.

GarethSmile

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AnnChown
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28 Dec 2012 - 8:01 AM

Two great compositions Moira with Bill instantly recognisable (in v2 of course! Smile). I have a similar Japanese print which I was given as a present in the mid 1980s and I've always loved it too.
Ann

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pdcche  3 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2012 - 10:32 PM

Two nice images Moira, V2 looks more like Rolf Harris, great sketch though, Peter..

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28 Dec 2012 - 11:36 PM

very good

ATB

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28 Dec 2012 - 11:54 PM

v2 for me, the picture is so well frame. I can hear the festive music Smile

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29 Dec 2012 - 8:52 AM

FAScinating info, Moira. And how cool is it that Bill has been immortalised thus?! Marvellous.

As are these two. I like the ribbony '3' on the left in V1 Smile And of course your reflection. You've been baubled!

Andrew

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29 Dec 2012 - 9:09 AM


Quote: You've been baubled!

Wonderful!

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29 Dec 2012 - 9:19 AM

Lol Wink

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Tibetan  1 England
29 Dec 2012 - 12:20 PM

Very interesting, hope he plays the violin better than my late father lol. as soon as he picked it up we all went walkies lol. I have a few of those wood block prints Moira, from the shona school 1920 but in colour. I think V2. for me even with Bill in it lol. Happy new year, my you be comfortable, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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NobbytheNobster

Seasons greetings to You and Bill. I do love a photo with a story.
Great write up Smile
Regards
Ricky

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29 Dec 2012 - 3:06 PM

Again you've made great images out of limited subject matter Moira!
Kind regards
Maggie

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29 Dec 2012 - 3:31 PM

Excellent image. I really like V1
Jim

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29 Dec 2012 - 4:13 PM

Very fine reflective images, Moira - has to be V1 as my fave Wink
And yes, last Sunday (the day I went to Llandudno) was the best of the weather...it went downhill after that! Sad

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Hop-A-Long
30 Dec 2012 - 1:13 AM

Two great shots with lovely selective focusing.

Andy

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30 Dec 2012 - 10:22 AM

Happy New Year Moira. Smile
Thanks for all your support throughout. Smile

Lucien.

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30 Dec 2012 - 10:29 AM

Beautifully exposed black and white shot with festive charm.
Thank you for your comment, Happy New Year.
Rick

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30 Dec 2012 - 11:21 AM

Two beautiful and interesting mono compositions Moira. Thanks for the explanation; makes them come even more alive.
Rende

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30 Dec 2012 - 2:46 PM

A great self portrait, happy new year

Peter

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30 Dec 2012 - 9:45 PM

A couple of wonderful images, Moira. Not sure why but I think I like v2 best.

David

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1 Jan 2013 - 6:04 PM

Two interesting images from inside your home Moira, thanks for this mini through the keyhole tour

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