Thursday, 26 April 2012
If a poet couldn’t use a camera, this might well be how he would write.
The Uphigher’s Chair
A solitary seat – no nest for two;
Having someone else up there would spoil the view.
A highchair for grown-ups,
Lookout, for the Lord of the dust off white lines.
Judge and jury – hand out fines.
Sitting duck for assassins,
Discriminates against paraplegics,
Can be electrified during thunderstorms.
Seat of burning,
Highly unsuitable as a commode.
Monday, 23 April 2012
Lower the head. Whatever grip you’re accustomed to, to do this properly, you need to start your sweep with the brush-head low on the Forehand side. Swing forward and up. Your arm motion will bring the brush-head toward the ball and sweep up at the same time. Practice! The only way to add this stroke to your arsenal is through repetition. Keep trying no matter how awkward it seems at first. Before you know it, your ball will clear the street more often and stay in bounds more often.
Friday, 20 April 2012
It's easy to see the some of the ways in which the modern ping pong table has evolved from its primitive origins: the legs - although still of the original folding kind - have become much sturdier: early designs of leg would often tremble, or buckle, even, during particularly heated exchanges; the net has relocated to the middle of the table (where it still provides a tricky hurdle for low-flying balls); the tabletop has become a single solid surface and as a result balls have shrunk. Finally, the modern ping pong table is much greener than its early forbearers. But don’t confuse that with recycling.
To be continued...
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Sunday, 15 April 2012
Thursday, 12 April 2012
I’ve always been meaning to explain the way in which I take certain of my photographs - certain images that suggest a narrative. I am always mindful not to include a beginning (reason for/why) in my photographs. All photographs are the “end” – the resolution - of a story. Mine often start at the end and end in the middle. I choose a subject linked by two almost identical words (reminiscent of metagams), for example, friable and unplayable (in the case of this table-tennis table I could have also used table and unstable). The two words found, it was a case of taking a photograph that would contain a foreground of the first word (friable - the end of the table), and a middle ground of the second word (unplayable – the state of the table).