Winter observations

The following is from a roll of film I had developed just before Christmas, with pictures shot in November and December, on location in Glasgow and Troon. I used a Ricoh KR-10 camera with 35mm B&W film (ISO 400) and a dreamy Pentax Asahi SMC lens borrowed from my father with a heroic f-number of 1:1.2 / 55mm.

A grey Glasgow Green

Goose Jail: this fella's doing time for honking after 11pm, but he's in with the arm-breakers all the same. I slipped him some cigs; he'll be OK.

The cloud factory, working overtime for Glasgow

Each time I looked up, the dark triangles drew closer and moved down a level. I woke up tasting blood, the last 8 hours unaccounted for, with the ability to recite Pi to a million decimal places.

I like to be upfront with my UFO spoofs when it comes to suspension mechanisms.

A sculpture of rust

Shot? Shut???

I know it's rude to take overt pictures of people walking past in the street, but I genuinely don't think she saw me do it.

I could just detect a continual dull scream emanating from within this bronze sculpture. Neat.

Labradogs sleep with both eyes closed, but with nostrils primed and twitching, ready for action at the drop of a cake.


"And this is some sort of typewriter-television, is it?"

Hey, this is an OK photo. Maybe I'm starting to understand people...?

- No. I selected inanimate objects for focus over actual human beings.

What animal could have made such tracks? A bird?

Uh- a large, wingless, galloping bird...?

A self-duplicating, seemingly aggressive but ultimately friendly group of birds...???

Yep. Bird tracks.

With a graphics tablet, you can draw!

Continuing a retrospective theme (definitely not stalling while I work out what fresh material I’ll put here), I thought I’d stick up a few of the things I’ve made with the graphics tablet Santa brought me last year – plus one I’d borrowed in 2007. ‘Tis very much the season once again and, conveniently, a few of these were Christmas cards I’d scrawled for family members a few years back. Topicality, hot damn! High-five, Santa Christ.

Firstly, the cards. Not much to say; they’re not good, but that’s all part of starting out, right?

This year, my sister got married, and had asked me to assemble a design for the invitations. The process was a little strained thanks to misaligned visions and limited creative freedom but we settled on something eventually:

For the birthday of chum Andy, I made a t-shirt design based on this Korean sign (which may or may not be authentic accidental Engrish), and on his love of swine-based consumables. I then had it printed by these chaps.

More recently, it was Kris’ birthday, and so I drew a t-shirt for him too. The inspiration for this came from the evening he and I were playing at an open mic night. Bless his timid soul, he was nervous about singing, and so we conjured an alter ego for him to assume while on stage. Thus, JERKASAURUS REX was born! Rawr.


I'm Adam Vernon: front-end developer, free-time photographer, small-hours musician and general-purpose humanoid.