Pavement

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  Photography by Howard Stone        

My name is Howard Stone. Briefly, some years ago I had a delivery job in Southampton, England  (I won't say what I was delivering or for whom). It was very boring and badly paid but I soon found a way of livening it up.

I discovered that the van I had to drive could very easily be persuaded to produce very loud, frightening backfires as and when I wanted it to (I'm not telling you how, find out for yourselves) and as I've always been keen on photography, I tried an experiment.

I mounted a camera, pointing backwards, from the back window of the van and operated it with a cable-release long enough to be operated whilst driving. I would make the van backfire and photograph the frightened mayhem I'd created as I drove past. Out of (partial) consideration for my fellow man, I avoided pensioners, dentists' surgeries and gynaecologists.

I had a lot of extra work to do. I had to damp down camera shake, I had to get the timing right and had to do a lot of work in the darkroom to get a good enlargement. Don't forget, as I couldn't point the camera (I was driving the van) I had to use a standard 50mm lens and enlarge the interesting bit. I never knew what I'd captured until I developed the film and I had a lot of failures.

Here, however, are some of my successful results.....

 BANG BANG  BANG BANG  BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG

 BANG

"Howard Stone is no Cartier Bresson, but the pictures are a giggle!" -  Amateur  Photographer   magazine   

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