Postcards from the Recovery Position | PT.I | 35:Chronicle

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Drumcoltran Tower [PT.I]

Okee doke, a little explanation is required here because my absence has been a little more protracted than I would have liked, of late. 

Two weekends ago, I was involved in a rather serious accident while at work and found myself admitted to hospital. Details aren’t important but I can say that I am very lucky to be alive. My injuries however, are serious enough that I am required to remain in bed and, after a week in hospital, I am now at home, in the same position, where I must stay for the foreseeable weeks ahead. 

Before I had returned to work however, during a number of beautiful days-off, I made the most of the sunshine and, with A, visited a good number of places, made an even better number of frames and, consumed regularly – copious cups of Earl Grey tea, locally made cakes and the occasional ice-cream too. With all of this noted, all of the frames I will post over the next few weeks are from the vault; a recently replenished vault, and, I am glad of it because the chance of me getting out to make photographs within the next six weeks or so, is looking so slim as to render it invisible, at least from a side-on perspective. 

I | Drumcoltran Tower | 720nm Infrared | 35mm.

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Drumcoltran Tower is situated in SW Scotland between Beeswing (Bees-wing as opposed to Bee-Swing; though the latter image may be rather humorous, nonetheless)  and Kirkgunzeon (pron: kur-gun-y’n) and is integrated now into a modern farm. It’s not very well signed and until you approach the junction that leads to it, it’s not signposted at all. But it’s so worth finding. 

II | Mother Nature as Projectionist | 21mm.

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From the outside, it looks rather uncomplicated, not all that exciting, as other structures from its era might appear, and one would be fooled into thinking that a five-minute exploration would more than enough. I was fooled, because once we entered the tower, we didn’t leave for another ninety minutes or so. Over the next four or five posts, I hope to show just why this externally (comparatively) nondescript treasure of Scotland, captured my imagination. 

It’s good to be back and, I do hope that you’ll enjoy these first few frames of and, from this early 16th century beauty.


III | Enjoying the Views [One Must Keep His Spirits Up!]| 21mm.

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26 thoughts on “Postcards from the Recovery Position | PT.I | 35:Chronicle

    1. Janet, what a delightful message. I guess it’s not really news and I mention nothing for empathy or sympathy, only, more than anybody else, I am feeling my own distance now and can’t wait to get back to normal. Thank you so much for your wishes, Janet. Cheered me up no end! Warmest wishes, Rob 🙏

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    1. Thank you so much Alena! I hope so too! Really miss being able to get out with my camera so, indoors it will have to be for a while. Let’s see how we’ll I can do, shall we? Lovely to read your comments, and I hope you are well. Best regards, Rob 🙏📷

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  1. So sorry to read that you are recovering from what sounds like a horrible ordeal. May this recovery time lead to much needed rest and times of creativity.

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    1. Carolyn, thank you so much! My shutter-finger is getting terribly itchy already and I hope that better times are ahead. I’m confident that there will be. Thank you for your wishes, Carolyn! 🙏 Best regards, Rob.

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  2. A couple of months? I hope you find ways to keeps yourself amused while healing. I’ve been on disability for 15 years and at times I go a bit stir crazy even though I go out every day. Maybe a still life project would work for you. You can spend all day getting things just right and even sit in a chair. I read somewhere that Joel Meyerowitz is doing still life photography now. Take care of yourself and stay positive.

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    1. Good morning, Mike. Your comments are very uplifting and, encouraging. Thank you! Yes, at least two months for the stable fractures in my spine, and and a further four weeks, for the one that’s really debilitating me a little lower down at L5. Other injuries are healing and feeling better already, so, every day that passes, I’m feeling a smidgen more relief. Anyway, your comments about a project… after your message, I began thinking about the large space in front of the living-room bay window, 6 feet to the right of where I am laying, temporarily, and, I think such a project would be a perfect escape. So, thanks for the suggestion and watch this space! I’m definitely not a downbeat kind, and positive is my watchword. Thanks so much, Mike and I hope you have a great weekend ahead! Kindest regards, Rob 🙏📷😁

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    1. Quy, thank you so much! I’m gonna miss all the good weather over the next couple of months, and this isn’t something I can cut corners with so, I’m stuck. Pondering some new indoor shooting techniques to keep my mind busy! My very best regards, R 🙏📷

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    2. Quy, thank you! No need to be sorry, my friend. I’m remaining positive and everyone’s support and good wishes are all hitting home. Its incredible, the kindness of those we’ll probably never meet in real life. But we have a fabulous community here, and I will keep delving in, and create where I’m able, before I’m all fixed. Mike Ross has given me an idea so, I’m going to look to setting up a still life set-up next to my pit! Who knows, I might get hooked! I’ll keep in touch, Quy. Thank you, so much for your support! Best regards, Rob 🙏 📷

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  3. Robert, wish you a speedy recovery, sounds very bad. I’ve never been in your position (thankfully) and at this time of the year I would be going crazy! I would say take it easy but I think that’s a given!

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    1. Brian, thank you so much, my friend. Suffice to say that I have to be extremely careful for a good while yet before I’m out of the woods. I’m so happy that I was able to get out for a good number of days prior to this happening or I’d be going totally tonto, you’re right. Thank you for your wishes, Brian. I’m very grateful! Keep well, and I will be back proper, as soon as I can. In any case, I am not through yet! Warmest regards, Rob.

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