We Call Him Blades
For reasons that I don’t think will ever be fully understood my pal Nikhilesh, in his late twenties, has decided to take up roller-blading. He bought the full kit, wrist, shoulder and knee pads, helmet and a fine looking pair of roller blades. He has confessed that he always wanted to learn to skate but felt that if he tried it on the streets of Kakinada he would become a source of amusement for the locals. I had explained that he could look forward to the same reaction from the people of Dublin.
Having watched a couple of you tube videos on how to skate he decided to throw himself in at the deep-end. A group of us decided to do a photo-walk at a local prawn festival last weekend and Nikhi wore his “blades”. As part of the photo-walk I wanted to show off the beautiful hillside so we started to climb. I suggested that my pal should put on a pair of shoes for the climb and I was informed that he was going for total immersion I believe that his idea was that if the Blading got tough if he had shoes with him he could quit too easily – so he left his shoes at home.
Just as we reached the summit the wind caught Nikhi and since his wheeled feet had no traction he just rolled slowly off the cliff edge. We all looked on in horror as he clambered at the rocks, I leaned out with my hand to help, this was refused. He said if I keep offering to help he would never learn to skate.
These are more shots for the very enjoyable and ongoing film swap project. This was a roll of Agfa Precisa slide film shot by Inge in Maastricht, Netherlands and then re-shot by me in Howth, Dublin. It was Cross Processed in C-41 chemicals and this is a pure unedited scan of the results.
My Camera was a Nikon F100
Inge used a Ricoh KR-10x
Film: Agfa Precisa CT
Dev: Lab C-41
You will see more of Inge’s wonderful work at www.flickr.com/photos/frau_inga/
If you would like to try one of these international film swaps please get in touch. it can be as simple as shooting a roll of film and sticking it in the post.
Full set in the link below