With Lock Down lifting, I paid a socially distanced visit to my folks near Bedale, North Yorkshire. Kathryn came, and it was nice to get out of Harrogate and sniff the fresh air.

To be fair – it was great to see Mum & Dad and I admit I am made up for having had good health to have stayed the night there.

We were picked up on Friday at three in the aft and were taken door-to-door…

Mum’s Lock Down barnet suited her. Dad seemed in fine form, and both were very obliging hosts. We had a take-away from The Greyhound (the pub in Hackforth) and Kathryn won that competition. Dad crunched a massive chilli (noodles – hot) and broke out in a comedy sweat. Dad gave us a couple of cans of Punk IPA to wash down the meal – it was a civil occasion and I am approaching middle age.

I was working until 3am on a website, at the kitchen table, that night. The next morning, I had my camera and a some lenses.

We had a morning of picking greens and pootering around the garden – they are whipping it in to shape, well enough. Kathryn ticked off something on the bucket list in that she helped pick some veg.

Kathryn went to town with a new lens I have for my Nikon. I bought a very old camera with some money Grandpa left me. I figured it was quite poetic to see new things through something my Grandpa left me. Plus They don’t make them like that any more.’

The lens is a small plastic lens for a Diana F+

Here are some of Kathryn’s photos. I am sure she won’t mind me sharing them, here.

We had a slap up lunch and went off home – Dad drove, we sat in the back looking for Buzzards and Red Kites. Mum was in the front, they were off to see about a net for the pond to stop the newts being a menace.

When I got home, we were unpacking and I found my Harinezumi Guru 2011. It was a camera I had lost years ago – and given up finding. It is something I will really get into once I have the replacement battery… this camera is the size of a roll of 110 Film, so diddy.

I doubt I will be able to catch Kathryn’s efforts with the Diana F+ lens, though. There is a soft-focused, hazy and dream-like blur to them that is just fantastic!


Andrew Backhouse is a Yorkshire-based artist working with time-based media and digital collage. He is a self-confessed radio geek and he hopes to share his wonder. He also wants to share his naivety and enthusiasm for finding something interesting. Henri Chopin, AGF, and RuPaul influence Andrew’s artistic enquiry. Documenting “The new shiny thing,” Andrew tries to share his excitement for it. But, he also asks about its authenticity and worth.

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