Ghosts

I’ve been a fan of photographing cemeteries for years. Way back in winter 1995 I was out photographing a snowy cemetery as my Dad called my university landline to try and get the news to me that my Grandad had died.

My business partner knows I still frequent these places with my camera – he just doesn’t know that these days my photography more often than not includes naked people! A couple of weeks ago as a late birthday present he gave me a book about where significant people are buried in London. Knowing I had this image lined up for today’s photo I thought I’d see which ghosts haunt Kensel Green Cemetery.

Alongside one Mr WH Smith (founder of the UK’s biggest high street stationers for the non-Brits) and Harold Pinter I read about Henry Spencer Ashbee. Ashbee was a city merchant by day but was also one of the country’s most prolific collectors of erotica and an occasional author of erotic fiction and personal memoirs under various pen names. He bequeathed his entire library to the British Museum but they burnt the majority of the erotica.

Excited to find out more I hopped over to Wikipedia. I discovered a character in Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith was based on his life. But I also learnt that his daughters’ excessive education irritated him, his wife’s suffragist support angered him, and he became estranged from his gay son. How awful. How often we expect liberal views to be prevalent in all aspects of a person’s life and how disappointed we are when they aren’t. I hope that in 2018, almost 200 years after he was born, his views would have softened and he would now be championing the rights of his wife and daughters and proudly waving the rainbow flag on behalf of his son.

In the meantime, I’m delighted to present one of the fiercest supporters of rights I know, the gorgeous Honey and her hot biteable butt!

February Photofest

Wicked Wednesday... a place to be wickedly sexy or sexily wicked

Gunmetal Sky

Can you see the man in this photo? He’s there, I promise! When you find him the man in question is @lovelustlondon. He’s easier to find in this shot from our day out last spring.

Incidentally, he’s just starting regularly blogging again after some time away from that and his photos and writing are definitely worth checking. I love this week’s Sinful Sunday (which I can’t comment on O as Blogger always kicks me out!). And you can buy his latest book here.

February Photofest

Cabin Fever

cabin fever
noun
a state characterized by anxiety, restlessness, and boredom, arising from a prolonged stay in a remote or confined place.

I don’t know about you, but I think spending a prolonged period of time in a confined space with the wonderful Tabitha Rayne would result in anything but boredom. A fever maybe, but definitely not boredom!

February Photofest

The Great Exhibitionist (reprise)

So, I thought it was about time I show myself on my own February Photofest!

This shot is from mine and @jedihamster100‘s first outdoor adventure, way back in spring 2015 when this blog was just a couple of months old. The first image from that very early morning outing was The Great Exhibitionist. Three years on from starting out on this body positivity adventure I’m a lot more at peace with my tits than I was at the time and actually I now prefer this shot to the rear view I chose back then.

I’m really enjoying playing around with the edits for my outdoor-themed week, pushing the photos far away from my usual colourful natural outdoor shots to a moodier place. What fascinates me about this edit is it really does look like this was shot at night in the glow of the full moon, whereas as you’ll see in the original it was a bright spring morning.

Jedi Hamster, Charlotte Brown (our trusty lookout person on this early morning shoot!) and I have a Saturday in the diary later this month and we have a track record of getting the camera out after a few wines at mine, so with any luck you’ll see more of Jedi’s creativity before Feb Photofest is through!

February Photofest