Thirty Nine

Jun 1, 2019

Here is my Great Great Grandfather. If he was alive today I wonder if he’d have enjoyed my thirty ninth mix?? 

PS: History lesson. Collodion Wet Plate Negatives were used from 1851 until the 1880s. They were invented by Frederick Archer, who used a solution of collodion coated glass with light-sensitive silver salts. Because it was glass and not paper, wet glass plates created a sharper, more stable and detailed negative and a photographer could produce several prints from one negative. A Collodion Wet Plate Negative can usually be identified by its unevenly coated emulsion, its thick glass, rough edges, and sometimes even a photographer’s thumb print was visible.

Dry Plate Negatives were invented by Richard Maddox in 1873. They were the first economically successful durable photographic medium. Unlike the wet plate variety dry plates were more easily transported, usable when dry, and needed less exposure to light than the wet plates. Dry plate glass negatives were in common use between the 1880s and the late 1920s.


Jun 1, 2019

A few days ago I went to sit outside with a drink (whilst Emmerdale was happening indoors). It was a beautiful evening with blue sky and hardly a cloud to be seen. I’d only been there 10 minutes, when something odd passed in front of the moon. I’d watched a couple of planes with trails heading to and from the local airport and a (noisy) helicopter pass by. This was brick-shaped, no trail or noise whatsoever, and was moving much faster than the planes. It crossed from right horizon to left at speed and was soon out of sight. I took a couple of photos. Enlarging them leaves me with more questions than answers. There seem to be blocks and straight lines. The front was on the left as it was moving right to left. It doesn’t look very aerodynamic for the speed it was travelling at. It’s either a UFO or something completely explainable and a perfect example of the limits of digital photography.


1st November 1936 – 17th March 2019

Andre began his recording career in the mid 1950s but to me he really hit his stride 20 years ago when he was in his early sixties. His version of “Psycho” makes every other version pale in comparison.