Although I may be a bit of a curmudgeonly analogue purist, it has to be said that I remembered yesterday why I have eschewed 35mm for so long.
Keen to use up my remaining 35mm stock before finishing up at uni and thus losing my cheap/free processing, I’ve been snapping away for the last few weeks.
It’s as soon as a I wrestle those grainy little strips into the Epson flat-bed holders that I remember so vividly the low-res stress that is 35mm photography. The quality and immediacy afforded by any modern digital camera far outweighs any of the aesthetic benefits of 35mm.
I certainly won’t be ditching my ARCA any time soon, but I’ll be hard pushed to want to whip out the Balda anytime soon.
Pictured is the Mayne Man at the bottom of an excellent albeit intense descent off of Choinneachain Hill on the North West shore of Loch Turret.
Last week I discussed the gravel grinders reaching of critical mass at NAHBS and predicted trends in cycling for 2014. I now however have no choice but to retract these predictions and can only conclude that act of gravel grinding has moved into a state of meta-irony.
Gravel grinding has transcended from the ideation stage, accessible only to the most daring and adventurous in contemporary cycling to a self-assured, mainstream discipline in-itself.
Physically, little has changed in the past few years in regards to the way people approach the practice of gravel grinding. What is remarkable are the ways in which people have engaged with the critical discussion of the implications of gravel grinding on the culture of cycling as a whole.
In a similar vein to most undergraduate essays discussing post-modernism, gravel grinding has often been derided as being simply a marketing ploy applied retrospectively to a concept which has existed forever.
But alike post-modernism, the practise has become universal.
Me engaging with the process of gravel grinding.Read more
If anything has been true of the bike industry in the past 15 years or so it’s that you can be rest-assured that Surly* probably know what’s going to be the next big niche.
They made single speed mountain bikes trendy, were the first to bring a 29er to market which was in their words ‘worth a shit’, introduced the fat-bike to us all and most recently 29+ in the form of the Krampus.Read more
Any announcement or apology for radio silence is usually just me making up excuses for not having anything worthwhile to say.
This is the case for now also; I’ve ridden my bike a grand total of 6 times since January and am far too involved with like, finishing my degree and stuff.
So I present my photography portfolio in the meantime to my legions of fans. It’s by no means full and it doesn’t include my latest project, but that’s because it’s a super duper exciting not secret.
I’ll be back on form and camping away soon.
I’m doing my best to really push original, personal content just now and would like to avoid falling in the pit of link-fodder that re-blogging generally encourages.
This however, was just too damn good not to share. I’m a self confessed ‘moving parts freak.’* Hubs, headsets and BB’s get me overly excited considering their relatively banal and un-flashy nature.
I feel the hub in particular is the most beautiful part of a bicycle; nowhere else does such vital function coalesce with such beautiful design.
ATMO**, the cup and cone bearing is yet to be matched in any of it’s numerous qualities. Chief amongst these is regularly cited as being its long term durability and ease of service. I’d disagree and say that cup and cone bearings are a giant chick magnet. Want to see my 1/4 balls, baby?
Buy the hat and let everyone know you totally dig contact seals.