Saturday saw me tootling off to Crail in the East Neuk of Fife to meet my new friend and analogue enthusiast Donald Tainsh and his partner Maggie.
Since our last meeting in Glasgow on the Dry Plate Workshop at Streetlevel, Photoworks, Donald has been waiting patiently to take delivery of his new camera 'The Intrepid'. His waiting time has not been wasted though as he has been preparing and perfecting his glass plate techniques: the story of which can be found on his blog.
The weather was on our side and we managed to make our exposures before the rain came out. It's fair to say that we caused quite a stir with our cameras being snapped a couple of times by the tourists!
I departed leaving a 'message in a bottle' for Donald and Maggie to launch later in the day. It's great how the internet connects you with fellow geeky friends!
The bottle was eventually dispatched on Saturday afternoon from a rocky outcrop almost as far east as you can go in Fife. Maggie made it over the rocks and pressed the shutter release to record (on glass!) me throwing the bottle out to sea. We watched it for about twenty minutes until we could see it no more as it bobbed on out in the direction of the North Sea. It was quite a moment that moved me to pen a (sort of) poem and once the plates are dry I’ll put it all together in a wee blog post!