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“What does ‘Körnung’ Mean?”

The word Körnung” literally translates as Grit” from the German language. It sums up these fine art photography images. The digital camera grain of a Harinezumi is something I cannot replicate in Photoshop.

The great thing about being willing to produce crap photography is that it frees you up to just get on and do something, anything. It’s a great procrastination beater.

One of the main rules in Anne Lamott’s book about writing, Bird by Bird, is that you have to produce a shitty first draft (her words, not mine). Ernest Hemingway said the same — the first draft of anything is shit.

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Körnung // Fine Art Photography Harrogate

In late 2018 I bought a Harinezumi Guru camera for €40. I keep on losing the thing because it is so small. But, when I have it switched on and it has not eaten all of the battery, it is a lot of fun.

The Harinzumi (Japanese for Hedgehog’) is the size and shape of a roll of 110 Film – it is something I can put down and then lose. It eats battery and the photos are only 2 Megapixels – they are shocking compared to other images I have taken on better, easier to use and more modern technology.

But there is the beauty.

There is a digital throw-away love to these photos – my phone can take better photos than the Harinzumi yet I choose to still shoot with the Harinezumi. I am unsure why; but it is probably because I love the feeling of not quite knowing how the image will turn out, because I am kind of firing from the hip when I use it.

On my site, Körnung, I hope to share with you some of my crap pictures. I am not going to go in to why I share these crap pictures with you but suffice to say it is for fun. Alan Measles tried to explain the joy of creating something’ in a six part TV series. If he ended the series summising that you do it for personal reasons” then a knuckle dragger like myself will have a far less eloquent way of framing my efforts than the erudite Greyson Perry.

For the time being, the crap photography I take will be housed on this Körnung page – it is shaping up in to quite a site, but needs severely editing. I have the tools, I just need the time and the inclination. It will be a worthwhile project, when it gets off the ground. If you want to speak with me about this then my contact details are HERE.

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