Heard On The Telegraph


Many of the negatives from the French holiday of 1985 are in black and white Ilford film. This was my favourite in the dark ages of the early 1980s when I printed my own work in monochrome with chemicals in the blacked out kitchen makeshift darkroom. I scanned another batch today.

A useful prop in the garden of the gite, were the cartwheels.

Sam stirring water 1985

They worked on their own, or as a backdrop for Sam’s poking about in the water.

The nearby woodlands offered contrasting light,

and lengthening shadows across the roads.


During the process of producing this post, I realised, on gazing out of the window, that a jackdaw had heard on the telegraph that I was working in black and white, and helpfully posed, perching on a pole, cocking its head to make sure that it had heard aright.

Anyone who has followed my technical problems ever since I uploaded Mac’s new operating system will be relieved to learn that this work was done on that machine. This morning, I received an update from Apple which seems to have ironed out a few problems. Don’t get too excited, but do watch this space.

This evening we dined at Lal Qilla in Lymington. We received the usual very warm welcome, excellent food, and friendly, attentive, service. My meal was king prawn Ceylon and Jackie’s chickenΒ Haryali. We shared a naan, special fried rice, and a caulliflower bahji, and both drank Kingfisher.


  1. Beautiful black and white photos Derrick. Thank you for sharing and I will not get too excited yet about your issues being fixed – good luck my friend. πŸ™‚

  2. Such lovely black and white photos. I love the cartwheels and the shadows–and your comments about the jackdaw. πŸ™‚
    I hope your technical difficulties are indeed resolved.

  3. Black and whites so often have such a spectral mood to them – the woods especially here. I love the cartwheels and the one with Sam in foreground. And a perfectly posed pird πŸ˜€

  4. I’ve always preferred black & white photography, since coming into contact with Max Dupain, in the 1980’s, (although Max had been working since the 1920’s) I’m not sure but I cannot recall ever seeing a colour photograph taken by him.

  5. Beautiful photographs, i would love to use your Jackdaw in a piece of flash…
    You had me salavating at the restaurant and being as i am on a healthy eating plan and simply mustn’t think of a wonderful trip to a lymington eatery I will leave swallowing back my desire. *sigh* ?

  6. I love these B&W photos, Drerrick especially the wheels. So glad you computer is back on track.
    I remember I had some problem with the hardware space, and finally I got a Lenovo…

  7. I’m a big lover of B&W photography Derrick, your collection here is a wonderful assortment of light and shadows. The one with Sam and the water reflection is gorgeous.

  8. Great sequence. Captures a mood and time – listening to Sidney Bechet – Waste no tears (online) as I viewed post. πŸ™‚

  9. You’ve been doing such lovely work for such a very long time. “A body of work to be proud of” is what The Accidental Creative would call it. That is what I am striving for.

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