Black and White #24 Old Letters and Pen

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I just realised that I should include my black and white photo. It’s my business card logo and my WordPress header/logo. It’s a shot of items on my desk, taken late at night. I wanted something for my blog to capture my life’s themes, writing, dogs, London,  a deep appreciation for history and what I can learn from it. My letter holder is from Germany 1922. It’s extremely heavy with a bronze Wire Fox Terrier on a Green black marble base. The letters are from a day gone by.  My fountain pen, I use daily. I love the tactile flow of ink upon a page. I had a little Ikea desk lamp and angled it over the items as I found them. Took a chance and here is the result.  Untouched and raw.

Black and White #24 Old Letters and Pen

About susan sheldon

I am an explorer. It's taken me awhile to realise this. But I love capturing bits of our wonderful world with my camera, travelling through time and history, always returning to write, or paint what I've discovered. I use my Leica and my iPhone to capture images, and with those images I try to hold on to a feeling, a moment in our busy lives. Sometimes those moments bring me into the past, others into the studio to paint, or back to the old typewriter to try to use words to capture what the camera has done for me already. One of my goals in my blog is to have a space to take a breath away from our frantic world. I hope you enjoy your time here. It’s such a privilege to have readers.
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2 Responses to Black and White #24 Old Letters and Pen

  1. Tom Merriman says:

    I like this image, Susan, there’s a lot in it, and the shadows give it, to me, a feeling of someone’s study. When I say someone, I mean Agatha Christie. And the shadows give it just an edge of mystery.

    • Hi Tom! Many thanks. It was really late at night and yes it needs a mystery….cigarette idly burning in an ashtray….a knock at the door…footsteps..the light goes out…


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