Pausing ? on a high note!


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Pausing – on a high note!

13 Oct 2020 10:57AM   Views : 450 Unique : 292


Lockdown II – this time it’s personal! The new English Covid rules, responding to a major flare-up of cases and deaths mean that I have to stop taking pictures of models indoors. Yes – I know I could sort-of wangle it, if I booked commercial premises, or found a lady optician to pose for me, or if my name was Dominic, but the spirit of the rules requires that taking pictures indoors stops for a while. As the weather’s getting colder, my potential supply of models is very limited!

So my pictures of That_Model_Jasmine yesterday were a last shoot for a while: and – when I looked last – 68 votes and 8 user awards suggests it was a high note on which to pause. And I realised something, as I’d sent the last thank-you for a UA: I’d been saying that I was ‘ending’ on a high note.

We never know what is around the corner, but I’m actually planning on resuming my model photography when it’s safe (and legal) to do so. So this blog is about pausing, and the difference in mindset that this involves. There’ll be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover – and models in my front room – tomorrow: just you wait and see.

It’s deeply disappointing for a country that had come to believe we’d got it sorted, but the informed money was always on a second wave, and the importance that it should come after the summer and before the annual ‘flu season. So – mismanaged as things may be – we are not a million miles from where we ‘ought’ to be, perhaps. I was expecting this at some point, and I have a couple of thoughts to share.
In March, apart from blogging, I retreated into my shell. I didn’t plan exercise to replace three swims a week, and I’m duly fatter and less fit. This time, having established a daily walk, I shall be continuing, and walking further.

I have some ideas for ‘projects’ that I can do – after 15 years, my office could do with clearing up a bit, as could the garage. If I do that bit well, I’ll have additional space to shoot, and somewhere that I could leave – for instance – still life kit set up without incurring marital ire.

And it’ll be back to the blog every day. All ideas welcome, of course. Might do some more research, and I will be in the darkroom more – after all, I took a cassette of T-Max P3200 yesterday. And there’s printing to do!

It won’t all be a barrel of laughs, but we will survive it: my plan is to have as much fun as I can while doing so, and to achieve one or two useful things. I hope that – if you have extra rules to face this morning – that you’ll find good things to do, and will be able to look on the brighter side of life. Think of a family member who was involved in a war or a natural disaster: and channel what you know of their spirit and will to overcome the odds.


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dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
13 Oct 2020 10:58AM
So, for now, it's goodbye to new images like the one of Jenni JJ, and hello to more shadow selfies. (I'm not pregnant. It's the angle of the camera bag...)
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GGAB 7 31 1 United States
13 Oct 2020 12:55PM
(I'm not pregnant. It's the angle of the camera bag...) Grin
mistere Avatar
mistere Plus
10 38 8 England
13 Oct 2020 3:57PM
"Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law"
You could more than "sort-of wangle it", If Aatish and Myk are still operating (which i believe they are) there's still hope for us
to continue clicking.' Necessity is the mother of invention' as they say. Something will come to the rescue. Maybe even a bit of sunshine SmileSmileSmile.
On a more positive note, I bought that £46 studio light. It's not at all bad.
Lovely shot of Jenni.
dudler Avatar
dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
13 Oct 2020 4:02PM
Good to hear it, about the light.

I have a feeling that studios may change things a bit over the next week or two: but it's partly about making one's own judgments. I don't HAVE to shoot, so I'll refrain - for the public good, for peace of mind, and to keep others happy.
waltknox Avatar
14 Oct 2020 3:35AM
Will miss your indoor work greatly John ,
can we look forward to more outdoor scenes during this new world order ? That will offer much consolation! Keep well
Best regards
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dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
14 Oct 2020 9:32PM
Walt, I have thousands of images I haven't processed, so I shall be going through the archives progressively!

The way that England is at present, I think I shall be avoiding people as much as possible, just like the original lockdown. Our government is now ignoring their scientific advisors, and I think every good citizen should be considering what is most in the interests of society at large. It's really difficult for people who aren't retired and with an assured income (like me) - especially the low-paid and the key workers. I was due to shoot today - but the model had already cancelled because she'd had a positive test before the general arrangements were changed on Monday. The less stress I put on the system, the better it can cope with real needs.

And yes - I'll be walking the local paths!

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