From the Negative Facespace series. This psychopathic looking character is a child's toy from the 1960s about 15cm tall. Because it predates by decades, it is entirely uninfluenced by the character from the 2019 film, despite the strength of the caricature.
A doll with an understated but all too obvious pissed off look with manic intent. Usually it's the eyes that convey the manic nature; when the pupil is positioned dead-centre of the eye socket and is staring straight ahead we recognise the stereotypical sign of movie-style madness. In this case, however, the fixity of the mouth accentuates the effect of the eyes. This expression on this doll is as close to human as they get. Another from the 'Negative Facespace' series of images.
Elsa from the Disney film 'Frozen' gets the 'Negative Facespace' treatment. Because much of popular culture passes me by, I had no idea what this doll was when I set up this image. My only thought was that she looked suitably eerie. My granddaughters enlightened me and even sang the songs, but I still think she's unnaturally sinister. I mean, check out that eye!
A re-enactment of the human chess game from 'Checkmate', a scene from the 9th episode of the 1960s surreal British cult TV drama series, 'The Prisoner'. Photographed at the 50th anniversary celebrations at Portmeirion in April. More of my images from the celebrations can be found here
Number Six: Where am I?
Number Two: In the Village.
Number Six: What do you want?
Number Two: Information.
Number Six: Whose side are you on?
Number Two: That would be telling. We want information.......information.......information.
Number Six: You won't get it.
Number Two: By hook or by crook, we will.
Number Six: Who are you?
Number Two: The new Number Two.
Number Six: Who is Number One?
Number Two: You are Number Six.
Number Six: I am not a number! I am a free man!
Number Two: [laughs]
Number Six: I will not make any deals with you. I've resigned. I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered! My life is my own!
If none of the above makes any sense to you, you are definitely not an aficionado of the British 1960s surreal cult TV series 'The Prisoner'. For those who do understand what this all about this image was captured in April 2017 in the village of Portmeirion, Gwynedd, Wales (where the series was filmed), on the 50th anniversary of the first episode, including a re-enactment of the second episode. The rest of the images from that day can be viewed here.
Few children get to play soccer in a place like this, on a polished floor next to Al Alam, the royal palace. In old Muscat, this appeared to be the norm everyday after school. They did remove their shoes and socks first, though.
The giant azulejo tiled outer wall of the Igreja do Carmo in Porto is a great place for street photography. Unfortunately you have to be quick to capture people walking by. It's in a very busy part of town and the best vantage point on the opposite footpath is so narrow with a high wall on one side that you continually have to move into the equally busy road to let people get past. Despite spending a good half hour intermittently blocking the way for locals in intermittent rain, I missed what would have been a truly great shot; a clown in full costume and makeup, hands in pockets, nonchalantly walking by chatting away alongside a cowboy complete with hat and guns. No-one looked surprised. Don't ask me why, something to do with the university I think. I had to make do with photographing the ordinary denizens of Porto.