I got a new hat today. I got a new camera today. I watched a video featuring a cricketing hero today. I watched a video featuring a photography hero today. Both of them surprised me for the same reason. If you’d like to read a blog about me discussing The New Hat, click here. If you’d like to read a blog about me discussing The New Camera, click here. They’re pretty much of a muchness. If you’d like to do neither of these things, off you pop.
The New Hat
So the hat’s the 4th one of these I’ve had. It’s an England Admiral test cricket cap – from back in the good old days. The days when Matthew Hoggard was the front line pace bowler and night watchman when they were still part of the strategy, they day when Flintoff was on top form, Vaughan was skipper and we won The Ashes in our own back yard. I’ve lost two and gave away one to a friend. These ones are now quite rare – they don’t make them anymore. Those that know me, know that I’m far from a branded sporting goods type of guy but I like these hats. They’re a subtle ‘in the know’ doff of the cap, cap. Hoggy was interviewed by the BBC the other day – talking about a silly incident involving The Australian Cricket team and how they got fined for not doing their homework. Interesting story, but it surprised me to hear him talk for some reason – I don’t think I’ve heard him interviewed before. I’ve been following his work for years now and am a big fan of it. I’ve seen him play in several matches; two International tests, one ODI and with Yorkshire in a T20 and his voice surprised me in that it was different to how I expected it would be. I’m not quite sure what I expected – I suspected a Yorkshire twang but it at first, came out like he’d borrowed a voice off someone. One of the things I like most about Hoggy is that apparently, his dog is called Aggers.
The New Camera
So this new camera is about the 30th camera I’ve had. I’ts actually second hand and a probably from the early 90s. It’s a LOMO LCA. THE camera that started off the whole Lomography movement when in 1992 a bunch of Viennese students after they discovered the Lomo LCA and fell in love with it. This dinky little 35mm with bags of charisma is known for it’s quirky results and going against the grain. Some of that rings true about the chief flag-bearer and champion of the LCA, Lomokev. I saw a video of him giving a talk at lunch time today. I don’t think I’ve heard him interviewed before. I’ve been following his work for years now and am a big fan of it. I’m not quite sure what I expected – I suspected a Brighton twang but it came out like he’d borrowed a voice off someone – but after a while, it suited him. I particularly liked the bit at the start of the vid showing some footage of him in high spirits from a rave with “wicked lights”.