The Poison Pen


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




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.

A day at the park

Posted in Days Out, Photography by thepoisonpen on October 26, 2010

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The Good Old Antiques Fair

Posted in Days Out, Oddiments by thepoisonpen on May 4, 2010

Me and the Bird attended our local yesterday, choosing to take less money than I should of, it was filled with more fantastic finds than usual to act as punishment. I’m such a regular I already know a few of the stallholders and can even be found tidying Mark the silver sellers stall, that or trying to find rings that actually fit my infantile sized fingers amongst all his dirty tat. A good way to spend an afternoon!

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