Geoff Franklin

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Lenin

Lenin

Spring cleaning the drives and came across this that I never got around to finishing, looks quite good unfinished so I thought I would give it an airing on the photoblog.


Twins of the Forest

Twins of the Forest

Twins of the Forest

All civilisations have myths and folklore about twins, some half the whole others good and bad.Its said some villages killed one at birth to give magical powers to the other  twin. #folklorethursday #myths #narrative #storytelling


Divine Guidance

Divine Guidance

This image is close to the original sketch i made, its much rougher around the edges than previous images i have made in this style.

I was wanting a Jeanne d’Arc figure and think it works well.


Santa Muerte

Santa Muerte

Nuestra Señora de la Santa Muerte. – Our Lady of the Holy Death is a  is a female deity from Mexico and south-West United States

 


6 -a perfect number

6 -a perfect number

In maths 6 is a perfect number. It also occurs in many of the worlds religions . From man being created on the 6th day, to the Buddhist Samsara, the wheel of life where there are 6 spheres of existence . The Christian bible is littered with references to the number 6

In Rome they had 6 Vestal Virgins. Girls chosen from noble birth to be charged with keeping the soul of Rome. This meant keeping an everlasting fire alight. Should it go out would mean bad omens for Rome and its armies.

The goddess Vesta was the goddess of fire. Vestals were chosen from the age of 6six and were married to the city of Rome.  To break from their virgin vow meant death. In 114 BC the Vestal Marcia took a lover. As punishment she was condemned to death and buried alive


Transformation of the plural souls

Transformation of the plural souls

Transformation of the plural souls.

 

©Geoff Franklin 2017


Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch

Ghosts of the Marsh, Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch from the series Brightling to Dymchurch

 

Other from the series  http://www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog/owl-of-the-marsh/

http://www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog/235-les-trois-ballerines/

http://www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog/itch-the-scrath/

http://www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog/wishing-tree-of-winchelsea/

 


Waiting out Time

Waiting out Time

Waiting out time on Mount Oylmpus

The summit of Mount Olympus, stands the meeting place of the gods. The mountain in northern Greece was said to be where the gods and goddesses built their palaces. Any of the gods could live on the great mountain summit, but no human was ever allowed there under any conditions.

The image was made with a different sampling technique. The source was shot for a rotating gif.

 

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Ecstasy and the Angels

Ecstasy and the Angels

The sprite Ecstasy dancing for the twin Angels

 

image ©Geoff Franklin 2017

 

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The Dolls Come Alive at Night

The Dolls Come Alive at Night

The Dolls Come Alive at Night.

As a child, i had an overactive imagination and believed that once out of the room objects would come to life. I think many of us do, hence the movie Toy Story was so popular.

I also had some puppets with strange eyes that were always disturbing and felt their eyes followed me around my room. They mostly lived in a draw out of sight. But i was always aware they were there – waiting.

 

©Geoff Franklin 2017

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Theatre Ghost

Theatre Ghost

Every Theatre Has A Ghost.

Growing up next to a graveyard, which naturally was my playground, I never really believed in ghosts, i am quite happy wandering graveyards at night.

I have know a few who swear blind they have seen ghosts, I never judged them as I always kept an open mind, my rational side says no but by imaginative side would love it.

I have shot quite a few times in theatres, mostly actor portraits but you nearly always hear the tale, usually from the doormen of the ghosts that roam the theatres.  I like this ides of ghosts roaming, performing.Can you imagine Shakespeare performed by a cast of ghosts.

Is this why all theatres have a ghost light placed in the centre of the stage lit at night?

Then, a couple of years ago I arrived home from a shoot at about two in the morning. Where we live at two a.m.  its quiet, very quiet. So as to not disturb my neighbours I parked in a strip of the road where we don’t have houses, bordering a school playing field. I was just getting my lighting cases out of the back of the car when a womans voice coming from over my shoulder said “Are You Alright?” I shot out of my skin, turned around and there was nobody there. Nothing, just the quiet of the night. There is enough street lighting  to be able to see. The voice was spoken and I would say from no more than a couple of feet away.

No apparition, nothing. I did get a chill. I am still unable to explain it.

 

image ©Geoff Franklin 2017

 


The Midnight Hour

The Midnight Hour

The Midnight Hour, the moment of doubt.

This started out as an idea whilst listening to a radio programme about pre victorian superstitions.

 

image ©Geoff Franklin 2017.


Magic Carpet Ride

Magic Carpet Ride

From the Brightling to Dymchurch series.

Magic Carpets are something of all children’s imagination, and if you are lucky like me you took it with you into adulthood.


itch the scratch

itch the scratch

“itch the scrath”  from the Brightling to Dymchurch series

©Geoff Franklin 2016


A Gothic Tale

A Gothic Tale

A Gothic Tale,

A break from the recent style. This is an elaborate doodle, I was trying out technique combinations and different types of masking. some of the elements have gone on to be used in other images, the central figure for example ended up as  http://www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog/gestalt/


Battle Whisper

Battle Whisper

Battle Whisper, latest in my Brightling to Dymchurch series.


Romney Fog

Romney Fog

Romney Fog, from the Brightling to Dymchurch series.

 

©Geoff Franklin 2016


Witches of Cripps Corner

Witches of Cripps Corner

Witches of Cripps Corner, from the Brightling to Dymchurch Series.


Starvecrow Lane

Starvecrow Lane

Girl in a red dress, Starvecrow Lane Peasmarsh East Sussex.

I was driving from Brightling down to Rye and took a detour down some country roads and ended up driving down Float Lane loving the name thinking about how boring and unimaginative some road names are and then it got better, Float Lane runs into Dumb Womans Lane. What I like is that this road name has survived. Another road name i like is a few miles away in Peasmarsh, Starvecrow Lane the title of this piece.


Fullers Folly

Fullers Folly

Fullers Folly

From Brightling to Dymchurch

This is the first picture in the series, Brightling, resting place of Mad Jack Fuller, the eccentric squire squire of Brightling East Sussex, builder of follies including his own Mausoleum constructed in the shape of a pyramid. Folk lore had it that he was buried in full dress suit with top hat sat at a table with a roast chicken and bottle of wine set before him. Sadly, though it might have been his last wish, when the pyramid was restored in the 198o’s he was found to have been buried in the conventional manner.


The Dymchurch Smuggler

The Dymchurch Smuggler

“From Brightling to Dymchurch”

“Remember to Forget” – The Dymchurch Smuggler

When I was a young lad my father took me to the cinema to see Disneys Sword in the Stone, which was great, but what caught my imagination was the ‘B’ movie. It was Patrick McGoohan in Dr Syn Alias The Scarecrow. It was about smugglers on Romney Marsh. I thought it was brilliant, even more so as we went on holiday there and my brother and I could act out the roles of the smugglers in the sand dunes of Camber.

Although Dr Syn was a fictional character created by the author Russell Thorndike. The story was  inspired by historical smuggling that was rife on the south coast. Gangs such as the Hawkhurst Gang  frequented the Mermaid Inn in Rye once the centre of smuggling on the marsh.

The whole of this part of the coast in the South East of England is full of stories of Brandy and Wool smuggling from the 18th Century.

I used to read the Thorndike books of the adventures of Dr Syn of Dymchurch, as a pirate in the Americas and as the Scarecrow the smuggler on the marsh. Far better than Robin Hood.


Mermaid of Wish Ward

Mermaid of Wish Ward

From Brightling to Dymchurch: Mermaid of Wish Ward Rye.

 


The Puppeteer

The Puppeteer

The Puppeteer.

This is one of those images that i would do a little bit of work on put it away come back to it do a bit more and so on. Started life in La Rochelle, moved on to Rome, and finished here in England. Its quite a simple construct but was started over six months ago. It is designed as a stock image and comes in horizontal and vertical formats.


Gestalt

Gestalt

First for a while, been away collecting new images. This image has been sat on my desktop for a couple of months not quite finished. The problem was with the background. I tried tow different backgrounds but in the end reverted to the original and worked on modifying it.