Looking through my collection of old photographs for something to fit in with this weeks' Sepia Saturday theme of rain, puddles, umbrellas and all things wet, I quickly realised that photographers avoid the rain like ducks avoid orange sauce. The problem isn't so much that dull scenes make dull photographs, it is that camera equipment isn't all that fond of rain. At best you would get raindrops blurring your lens, at worst you would get moisture in your mechanisms : when the rain clouds burst, most photographers would duck into their darkrooms.
I spent some time searching through my negative files looking for things like puddle shots or umbrella patterns without too much success. But I did come across this rather pleasant photograph I took thirty or forty years ago. It is not raining, nor is there an umbrella in site : but there is a bit of water in the bottom left of the photograph. I can't really remember taking the photograph, but clearly it was on the Oxford Canal and I think that is my mate Des on the right of the photograph. There is a lovely feeling of movement in the shot : a static print that strains to move.
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