|The Brother and his minder|
Sunday, 21 September 2014
There'll probably not be too many people appear on this blog, but here's one, or two to be precise. This is The Brother and his minder, walking along our very own Portstewart Strand in July, when the sun was visiting. Actually that particular day there was a bit of a fog coming in between us and Donegal. FP4 in DD-X would seem to have got that about right by the look of things in this print - on fresh Fotospeed RCVC Oyster paper via WT-10 warmtone developer. Very fast paper this by the way - more than twice as fast as MG IV at the same grade. I also gave it a few minutes in warm Selenium toner. I had expected more of a colour shift in the lighter tones than I got - need to read up more on dilution strength and times. I'm pretty happy with the result in any case - the contrast has increased very subtly.
The quizzical look comes with the territory for the brother - he's very good at asking questions, not so good at answering them. Well, maybe that's a bit harsh - he is, when all's said and done, outstanding in his chosen field. Now usually round these parts that would mean a field of Dunbar Standards, or some other variety of potato (well, we are in Ireland) but in his case that means existentialism, Aristotle, Nietzsche and others of a general philosophical persuasion. His minder, on the other hand, is very good at making large ice-creams disappear as well as getting the pronunciation of English words and phrases totally wrong. She would dispute the latter, but as she's back home somewhere in mid-west USA I can get away with it on this occasion.