Curating my Instagram feed

The daughter is working for an agency that looks after Instagram influencers and she has been encouraging me to look at my feed and think about how I post.

I have been watching free webinars too. This inspired me to begin keeping a bank of hashtags,

H suggested that I think about posting images in themes. It all seemed a bit much, but I found after deciding to choose a bank of white images. I was more aware walking around Edinburgh and I enjoyed thinking within the restrictions. It helps that the sun has been shining and its spring. I decided to think about 6-9 images.

Jon was given a white rose to raise his awareness in ovarian cancer

It also helps that the New Town in Edinburgh is stunning architecturally – I am not 100% happy with how I have placed the letting on my zines though ………

Day 2

Monika and I were working in Dunfermline today at the Carnegie Library which won awards when it was built in 2017

I had a few minutes after our session ended to take photos. The spring sunshine and the views inspired today’s Instagram posts of slices of images through windows.

The Abbey and gardens look great anyway but framing them adds a slightly surreal feel. Particularly in the stair wells .

I took a load more shots too I couldn’t help my self. Always a sucker for a bit of award winning architectural detail


John Brewer ‘in search of lost time 

I visited Dimbola lodge again today on the IOW. I enjoyed John Brewers exhibition of images made by the wet plate process. The photos  had a luminous quality to them that I found smfascinating 

Blurb  from Dimbola website 2016 

The images  explore the connection between the photographer John Brewer’s grandfathers, two men who fought in both world wars. The project came about through  Brewer’s desire to know more about his ancestors, particularly his maternal grandfather. He has drawn inspiration from objects that  belonged to them, or  mementos kept by their descendants, or found objects .Brewer explains: ,’each object, represents a moment of lost time, a tableau from a biographical narrative.” The works evolved from personal narratives evoking the universality of loss during war and reminiscence of family history. Brewer explains: “I’ve tried to give a sense of my appreciation for the importance of the past by weaving mementoes of lost time into the present moment.”

I was fascinated by the look of the images( the above photos don’t really show the luminosity I mentioned )  I needed to look up the ‘wet plate process’ 

 Julia Margaret Cameron used this technique. Dimbola lodge has a permanent exhibition of her work and  mentions that  JMC made  wet plates in her garden shed. 

The process was  invented by Frederic Scott Archer in 1851. He experimented with collodion in the hope of producing a photographic negative on ordinary glass. 

The plates are made by dissolving bromide and iodide salts in collodion . The mixture is poured onto a glass plate, and allowed to sit for a few seconds. The plate is then placed into a solution of silver nitrate  and exposed in a camera while still wet. 

Underexposed very thin negatives look like a good positive if placed on a black background. Photographs on glass with black paint on one side are called ambrotypes and on metal with black varnish called tintype (or Ferrotype). I am not sure which type Brewer used to display his work but this explains the luminous quality I observed .