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Little Boxes

11 Jun 2020 8:48AM   Views : 397 Unique : 287

We just love to put things in boxes, be it actual boxes or be it compartmentalising our lives. Photographers love boxes, neatly labelled Portraiture, Landscape, Still Life, Candid, Reportage, Street, Record, Pictorial.....and therein lies a discussion that can go on for a very long time. There are of course many images that don't fit in neat boxes, and don't I love it when it makes us scratch our heads as we try to make them fit.

But talking of real boxes, they are one of the things that I find it hard ro resist. A bit like camera bags. Show me a box. Show me a camera bag. In either case it's a high probablility that I will take a fancy to it and money will change hands. Sometimes I am given boxes and this is always appreciated.

Camera bags might be a subject for another day, but for now it's boxes that are on my mind. Pentax User has two competitions running at the moment - one is Home Made and the other is Boxes. That started me off and I found that boxes fitted both competitions, now duly entered, and then I made a few more images as well. The boxes have no monetary value, or very little, but I find them interesting, so here's a few of the many many examples that you would find tucked in drawers, on shelves and generally dispersed around the house. Don't tell Sue......

Sue's Dad made this box when he was still at school. Later on, he was fantastic with wood, but this shows the raw, unformed talent as it was developing.


An old cigarette box that I used to use for my Dungeons and Dragons dice. The hinge eventually became detached, but my good friend NeilWigan kindly repaired it for me.



Two Victorian boxes made of card covered with cloth and with photographs under the glass lid top.

A very ornate box for playing cards.


One of various wooden boxes for glass slides.

A modern tin box that contained a bar of Olive Oil soap.

From old to new, a selection of images paying around with my small collection of Fossil watch boxes. No watches inside unfortunately.





When it comes down to it, Lockdown can reveal all sorts of things around the house that can be the subject of a series of images!

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12 Jun 2020 1:32PM
Interesting with those boxes...they all have tales they could tell...Smile

I have a cigarette box which was my father's. It is not in very good condition, but is only cosmetically damaged. Made of EPNS with cedar wood interior and engraved "H.M.S. Eagle 13th Febraury 1930."
My father was a career Royal Marine, first attending Greenwich school as a boy before going into service. In 1930 he would have been 22 years old. I am guessing, but I suspect he bought the box out East, as HMS Eagle was stationed in that region a lot in the between-wars period.



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12 Jun 2020 4:22PM
Thanks for sharing, that's a fantastic box to have, especially with its personal significance.

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