Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Silent nights, unfortunately.

No luck with my own investigations lately, and I haven't found who owns the field where Robert the Bruce's battle was fought, so I had a look on Flickr for ghost photos instead.

Over 3000 responses to 'ghost' and from my point of view, very disappointing. All those I saw were fakes - they don't pretend to be otherwise, they are arty fakes. Although I rather liked this one and wonder how it was done. I'm thinking chicken wire supports and careful angling of the shot.

Anyway, the UK is about to close for the day. Nothing sensible will happen before the fifth of January now. Not that there's been a great deal of sense around lately anyway, what with bans on everything and a new stupid law every day. On Friday, the Sales begin and I'll be keeping well out of the way. People go into a frenzy for things they don't need just because they're cheap, and it can be infectious so it's best not to go near them.

I hope to get out and scout a couple of locations but at this time of year, the chance of being interrupted by wandering drunks is very high. If the weather holds, there are one or two remote places.

On the other hand, I do have some very nice whisky here and it's warm inside. A night off seems in order.

Merry Christmas to those who aren't offended by it, and Bah Humbug to those who are.


Southern Writer said...

Nice sculpture. My first thought was paper-mâché, but if it's permanent and outdoors, it probably has to be something sturdier. Plaster? How would that hold up outdoors, and would it be heavy enough to resist being blown over by wind? The artist could have draped sheets over forms made from balloons, coated the sheets with a hardening agent like drywall mud maybe, then popped the balloons. There's another of a ghost about to ride a bike. Did you see it?

In any case, I'm glad I got to see it. I probably never would have if not for you.

Romulus Crowe said...

I hadn't thought of balloons and plaster-soaked sheets.

Very interesting. With a little black paint, the potential is there for next Halloween...

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