Lazy Sunday Afternoon

Who remembers the ‘Small Faces’?  They were a great British Rock and Roll band from the 1960s. One of their most famous songs was ‘Lazy Sunday’ [1968] and the chorus went:

‘Lazy sunday afternoon, I’ve got no mind to worry,

Close my eyes and drift away, Close my eyes and drift away.’

I’m singing it to myself as I write. It’s what I think of every time I look at these two images because to me they sum up the concept of a lazy Sunday afternoon, lazing around on the grass soaking up the sun.

_DS75803 For what it’s worth I remember where these were taken – Sidmouth, on the green area above Jacob’s Ladder beach.

As you can see I took a series of images as the figures shifted ever so slightly. There was a bird flying overhead too.

Post306_DS75804The printing was tricky – the first image involved repositioning the bird in the right top corner as the paper sat under the enlarger.

Trickier still was the second image – and this is a digital photograph of the 20×16 inch print. Three images were printed on the same sheet of paper, showing a bird circulating (not always the same bird). It was a complicated set up.

In the digital era this would not be difficult. In the wet chemistry era it was an afternoon’s work. But the sense of achievement at the end of it all as one emerged bleary eyed but triumphant from the red glow of the darkroom carrying a developing tray containing the finished print for the final wash was worth the graft.

This image is from a collection of images from my old Print Archive that dates from the mid 1970s to mid ‘80s approximately. To see more from this series go to Categories in the Rt sidebar and click on Print Archive, or quicker still click here.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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25 Responses to Lazy Sunday Afternoon

  1. Great work! Nice to see the images and to reflect on the chemical era of photography. Are you at all tempted back to the darkroom? Best wishes, N 🙂

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks for the comment. Short answer to your query – No! Too time consuming, smelly and messy. The results were rewarding but it was always a long slog. Not sure I could find the time either these days.

  2. Len says:

    These are really cool and quite creative Andy. Great work.

  3. These are truly amazing Andy.

  4. ShimonZ says:

    Beautiful Images. I really love them.

  5. oneowner says:

    I have done some composites years ago in the darkroom and I know what a complicated job it is to get something as nice as these. Great work.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Ken. Thankfully that composite worked first time round. I’m not sure I would have had the patience to try it a second time of the first effort had failed!

  6. These are very nice, and remind me of cut-paper silhouettes.

    (And, yes, I remember the Small Faces.)

  7. Excellent Andy! That’s both the images and the Small Faces 🙂

  8. I had to dig around the basement but I found my copy of Ogdens Nut Gone Flake, the Small Faces album with Lazy Sunday on it. Haven’t played it in years. Will have to put in on the turntable this weekend. Love these shots. They are definitely a work of art.

    • LensScaper says:

      Mark – I’m amazed! I can hear you singing from here – ‘Lazy Sunday afternoon…’ What a great catchy song that was. Thanks for the comment too!

  9. ehpem says:

    I concur – these are amazing shots. Strangely I was just processing a similar series this morning that I took a few days ago. I don’t have the software to combine them like this, but there are things I would like to do with them. This gives me even more ideas, for the day when I have the software.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks – this would be easy to do in Photoshop. I don’t know enough about Elements to know whether it would be possible in that slimmed down version of Photoshop.

      • ehpem says:

        Hi Andy, I suspect it is possible in Elements, and I am inching towards obtaining it. The problem is less the $$ and more the time and learning curves and so on. I am still learning Lightroom all these months later, and the other software I have taken on as well. I routinely use 4 different programs in post and it is all time consuming. Eventually I will make my way up the processing ladder to something like Elements or Photoshop.

        • LensScaper says:

          I sympathise. It’s the reason I have not as yet purchased Lightroom. I really don’t have the time to start mastering something new. It’s easy to feel you are missing out on a piece of software that everyone swears by, but Photoshop works for me, so I will stick with it.

  10. Adrian Lewis says:

    Wonderful silhouettes, Andy – and yes I remember the Small Faces and that song! Maybe we’re equally ancient! 🙂 A

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Adrian. I guess we probably are of the same decade! I hung around here for about ten minutes watching the scene shifting, and re-shooting and then had the idea to make a kind of triptych. Took a lot of masking up to get the three Lith images on the same piece of paper and then the birds got moved around too to imply a circling movement. The time it took to produce one image in those days!

  11. Meanderer says:

    These are wonderful – very striking. They really do make one think of lazy Sunday afternoons so long ago when life seemed simpler! I love the Faces and that song. I think I heard that they are re-forming. That would be something to see and hear!

    • LensScaper says:

      Sounds like we might be from a similar era. Strange how images can summon up tunes from long ago. I can’t look at that image now without singing the lyrics – fortunately for my wife, not out loud! The image was taken in Sidmouth at the back of Jacobs Ladder beach in the late 70s or maybe early 80s. Thanks for the comment Meanderer.

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