6 July 2014

The Strange Incident of Three Legs in the Daytime…

Unusual things sometimes (!) happen on photo tours and workshops. Even stranger than this is the fact that rarely is anybody around to take photographs of such events. It seems that as landscape photographers many people are averse to making photographs of other subjects… Luckily (?) on this occasion someone was there to make a photographic record.

I’ll set the scene; we were about to travel across the central highlands of Iceland and Daniel Bergmann – my co-leader, great photographer and experienced Icelandic driver – had stopped to let some air out of the tyres. Some of the participants and I took the opportunity to stretch our legs. As is my wont, when the temperature is anything above 10C, I decided to discard the lower half of my trousers. In an effort to not feel the odd one out, I tried to enlist Roger A and Roger L into the select group of those wearing shorts – that’s right, just me at this point. Unfortunately, Roger A declined, citing past experiences of wearing shorts that had left him feeling both cold and inelegant – obviously not things that were going to deter me. He suggested, however, that he should make an image of one of my legs and a leg each belonging to “The Rogi”, as Rogers A and L came to be known.

As you can tell from the accompanying photos, what seemed like an innocent, if slightly odd request, soon deteriorated into farce. But I think that Roger A’s final image, after a little subtle P’shop manipulation, has a certain charm – despite the subject matter. I’m not sure that it would make it into his portfolio and sincerely doubt if it would score well in a photo competition, even though it complies with the judges’ desired objective of including three things. Perhaps that’s not important for, as Bartok noted, “Competition is for horses, not for artists.” I’ll leave you all to judge what kind of artists you think we are…

Three legs

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5 Responses to “The Strange Incident of Three Legs in the Daytime…”

  1. On July 6, 2014 at 4:08 pm Marc responded with... #

    With a touch of Bill Brandt :)

    • On July 6, 2014 at 4:24 pm davidward responded with... #

      I’m not sure that any of us matched Bill Brandt’s usual criteria for models but I’m sure that Roger A will take that as a compliment!

  2. On July 7, 2014 at 12:31 am J. Paul Moore responded with... #

    I was there to witness the creation of this masterpiece! Such great fun and photography on this trip.

    • On July 8, 2014 at 6:32 am davidward responded with... #

      Hi Paul,

      Well you contributed quite a lot to the general atmosphere of jollity! Having fun is an essential part of these trips as far as I’m concerned; photography first, then fun! Although in this case they do seem to have been mixed in together, and that’s just fine too.

  3. On July 12, 2014 at 11:43 am Robin Sinton responded with... #

    Hi David

    Some other time in Iceland, someone scrawled in the dust on the minibus, “May contain nuts” (don’t know who that could have been). I see that nothing’s changed. I’m just jealous really, I would have loved to have been there..

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