The Blade & The Bone: Part II

Memento Mori with the x100t

Deer bones, sheep bones, bird bones... Sometimes these can be found lying on the moorland in the exact spot the poor creatures drew their last breath and fell. Other times, they can be found in sheds and transported to said moorland to feature in images by photographers getting to grips with new camera gear while trying to create dark, 'memento mori' inspired artwork aimed at reminding the viewer of their mortality and of the shortness and fragility of life. All I needed was a wooden egg-timer, old style candle stick and a dark bottle of wine... and maybe someone familiar with 17th century oil painting techniques.


A Second Outing in sunshine

In my previous post 'The Blade and The Bone: Part I' I featured my first real outing with the Fuji X100T camera at a knife maker's forge in relative darkness. The monochrome images in this series were taken the very next day in a somewhat brighter environment. The sun was out, and the clouds were few and far between- not all that common a situation in this particular part of the world at any time of year. 


The X100T is often seen as a travel and street photography camera and while its 23mm (35mm equivalent) focal length lens and size is well suited to those genres, it is capable of so much more besides. There's no reason not to use this little powerhouse of a camera for a wide variety of image making. 

While I don't normally like to talk too much about photography gear here, if a camera or any other piece of equipment can 'inspire' you to go out and take (or make) photographs all the better for it and that's what I found happening here on my second day using this camera. At the end of the day it’s not about the gear you have but the photographs you create. But sometimes the gear helps. A bit.

All the above photographs were taken using a Fuji X100T

Archie MacFarlane, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, , EH8

Photographer and Designer based in Scotland.