The White Coat

How often do you shoot an image, get back home and load the image onto your screen, and see something you never thought was in the frame when you pressed the shutter.

That’s what happened with this shot taken earlier in the year. And what I spotted back home was the white coat in the shadows on the right edge of the frame. For some reason I immediately thought of the classic film ‘Blow Up’ from the late 1960s starring David Hemmings as a professional photographer who spots what he thinks is a man with a pistol in the background of images from a photoshoot that he processes in his darkroom. I’m sure there was nothing spooky with the ‘white coated’ person but my subconscious mind made a connection.

It’s over three months since I last posted, and those of you who follow me may well have given me up for dead. I’m not dead – as you will observe! It’s just been a rather crazy year and once you get out of the habit of doing something, it can be very difficult to get back into doing it. But here I am, and now I’ve started, I aim to continue.

After surgery earlier this year (for the first time in over 65 years I was the patient rather than the doctor), then three months of chaos in the house thanks to a combination of a leaking pipe and an ant nest (resolved), we finally had something to celebrate. A grandson – Zachary. And he has occupied a lot of our time because he lives not far away from where we live and we just love seeng him regularly and watching his progress.

Now I must catch up on some of your blogs.

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'.
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16 Responses to The White Coat

  1. Congratulations on the birth of your grandson! Your image reminds me of Blow Up too but also Don’t Look Now with Donald Sutherland where a mysterious figure in a red hooded coat haunts the corner of your vision….spooky!


  2. Earl says:

    Well no matter the reasons, Andy, it’s good to see a post from you again! There’s no better way to spend time than loving on a grandchild and the best part is you can hand them back to their parents when you get tired. 🙂


    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Earl. I know exactly what you mean about handing them back – we will no doubt reach that stage as we all age. The sam concept currently applies to looking after other people’s dogs.


  3. oneowner says:

    Welcome back, Dr.!!!


  4. Welcome back, Andy. Good to see your work again and hear that you’re OK.


  5. dolphin 4d says:

    Feel little gooseflesh when look at picture.. when I read the article, OK, fine then.


  6. Meanderer says:

    The floating coat certainly looks quite spooky! Good to see you back, and many congratulations on your baby grandson!


  7. Good to have you back Andy, pleased to hear all is well. Great photo, the white coat is intriguing. I’ve recently bought a copy of Blow Up, been meaning to watch it for a long time. I’ve been absent from blogging for a while too, finally starting to catch up with everyone again.


    • LensScaper says:

      Hi Simon and thank you. It’s a very long time since I last watched Blow Up but I still remember the storyline – enjoy it. Once you stop blogging for a while it is not easy to get started again. The time you used to allocate to it seems to have disappeared and has to be re-discovered.


  8. shoreacres says:

    What a delight to have you back, again. I certainly have had the experience of finding interesting little details in a photo once I’ve seen it on a screen. Usually, it’s insects of some sort, given my favored subjects, but not always. And I’ll confess that no matter how often I look at this image, I can’t see a person in a coat. My first impression was of a piece of garden art — perhaps an owl on a pedestal — and sometimes those first impressions override other interpretations. Very interesting!


    • LensScaper says:

      Hi Linda. How nice to hear from you on my return to the world of blogging. To be fair it is a slightly disembodied person. No legs or arms; maybe white hair or a hoodie, but it is/was definitely a person in the shadow of the trees. It was in a competition at my local camera club last night and was highly commended. Visiting our gorgeous little grandson Zachary yesterday now three months old.

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  9. bluebrightly says:

    Welcome back, and congratulations on surviving being a patient, leaking pipes and ants all around. But best of all is the wonder of birth and those early months. It’s great that you’re nearby. You will catch up enough on the rest of us soon enough!
    As for the white coat, I get what you’re saying but it’s hard for me to see it, even enlarged – it could have been a painted sign, etc. But it’s all about what we see, isn’t it? And that’s subjective, which is always interesting.
    (I once found a mountain goat on distant rocks in a photo I took from the car as we went through a mountain pass! That was cool.) 🙂


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