The Poison Pen

Home Part 2.

Posted in Photography by thepoisonpen on February 16, 2014


I’ve been back home for a few months now. In some way it’s nice, as I feel like a bit of a hermit, and thus it’s enabling me to sort through some things and focus more on what I want to do next. The nicest thing though is being able to go for walks into the countryside, just 10 minutes from home and visit one of  the local farms shops to stock up on home grown veggies for smoothies or treats like chocolate macadamia nut spread. Hmm.




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Nimble Fingers

Posted in Photography by thepoisonpen on February 2, 2014


Cullercoats in instax hand stitched.


Posted in Durham, Photography by thepoisonpen on November 19, 2013

by Taegon Kim

Sunday I took a trip into town for Lumiere, a now annual art installation in Durham city. My favourite piece was probably the dresses, they were beautiful in a ‘Sleeping Beauty spectre’ kind of way. The crowds weren’t too bad, usually what put me off going on previous years. The only thing that was annoying was all the tripods out. It’s such an odd age where we now spend more time looking at things through our phones than actually processing them with our eyes. Except the kids, they were just in awe.

Durham Cathedral


Carrier Bag Lights




Afternoon tea amongst the fauns

Posted in Days Out, Durham, Photography by thepoisonpen on October 30, 2013

I started a new writing class when I moved back home. It was a ‘oh god my life is slowly disintegrating into something I can’t even recognise, here lets sign up for something to make it seem less frightening’. So I did. And was beyond overwhelmed when on first day I was greeted with a platter of fruit, biscuits and tea. Durham University really does take care of its students. Feeling out of my depth, but just about coping. It’s such a wonderful class and environment. And as testament to that, we were all taken for a trip to Whitworth Hall for afternoon tea! To feed the deer! Ha. They were greedy and had slimy, desperate tongues. Think I prefer them from afar.

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A timely trip away

Posted in Photography by thepoisonpen on August 4, 2013

I talked my way onto my mum’s birthday trip to Poland this year. She’s been slowly working through all the cities in Europe that she has never visited, so after a slightly miserable summer and the use of a bit of savings, I wangled myself on the trip.

What an incredible city Krakow is. I suppose a lot of avidity can be given to most places that take you away from home and give you a new perspective on life. But to spend time in city with such a, shall we say, colourful history was an incredibly eye opening experience. I left my phone and digital camera at home (for fear of getting them nicked and lack of funds for insurance/replacements) and took along my OM-10 as I was feeling less inspired to spam my instagram account with the usual ‘look at this amazing time I’m having’ monotony.

It was a wonderful trip, spending time with my family and familiarising myself with a new city. But on reflection, it was made more special by the fact I didn’t commit every second to instagram or digitally. I do admit however, that I did get lost and realised that at times like those mobile phones are really bloody useful, especially as we now rely on them so greatly we tend to forget basic reconnection tactics like ‘i’ll meet you at x,y or z’ and if not then ‘we’ll meet you back at zyx’ etc. Technology eh?








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Black Sun

Posted in Photography by thepoisonpen on August 29, 2012

Slaggy cat nearly followed me all the way into the park today. She/he pretty much accosts anyone on the street to the point where you know it’s miow a mile off. Even in bed at night I heard: “Are you going to follow me all the way to the end of the street?” replied with:”MIOOOW” ha. No man, hipster student or child gets through Falmouth Road without being begged for attention by slaggy cat.


Posted in Photography by thepoisonpen on February 16, 2012

Fun with a Halina Paulette

Posted in Photography by thepoisonpen on May 29, 2011

You tend to find a lot of these kind of cameras kicking about in charity shop or on ebay, usually with variable results. I quite liked the feel of this one, but having not used manual cameras for a while it takes a bit of getting used to remembering to focus/aperture/shutter instead of pointing and shooting. I started off 12 years ago shooting film on a beat up Olympus OM10 my dad gave me, and later on had the opposite problem; manual focusing with digital lenses which have no distance guide!

Film now is even more of an expensive hobby, and if you’ve found yourself a cute looking old Soviet model that didn’t come with LOMO seal of approval you might be better off asking for the negatives to be developed first to see if there’s any treasures on the film worth printing. Maybe I’m a cheapskate but even £5 in Boots seems expensive for a less than satisfactory film roll.

I didn’t use filters. Your own sunglasses can be natures cheapest visual effects tool.

That last photo was a bit of a tiny revelation. When I was at my illest my mum used to take me for drives and we would sit in the moors on ‘Bob’s Seat’. So it was quite touching to go back and to see they’d updated the seat plaque which appears his partner has now joined him.

The Silent Banquet

Posted in Photography by thepoisonpen on May 12, 2011

Taken at Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham.

A walk in the woods

Posted in Photography by thepoisonpen on January 7, 2011

I seem to have the knack of turning a thoroughly enjoyable and bright and breezy experience in to a morbid and almost barran photograph. The walk was lovely, the photographs I worry, belies something else entirely.