Not even those with the most passing acquaintance with his life and work will be unaware of the fact that Professor Thrupiece was a pioneer of art photography and a leading adopter of the most advanced (often East German) photographic equipment. Armed with his prized Exacta Varex IIb and a roll of Agfa-Gevaert B345 35mm Technocolour Obtuse Spectrum film, he was frequently out and about capturing anything and everything that caught his attention. [See for example Hiley Startled (1986) "Taken by Surprise: Field Encounters with Professor Thrupiece" [Threadbone Press] and Percy Veranz (1999) "Caught in a Reflex: The Anatomy of a Professorial Impulse [Threadbone Press].
Often accompanied by friend and fellow photographic enthusiast Maximillian “Jonty” Freelander-Kodakowski (great uncle of famed cinematographer Dierde Eatman-Kodakowski), Professor Thrupiece amassed a collection of over 10,800 images on more than 300 rolls of film between 1965 and 1969 alone. According to digital archivist and specialist photographic restorer Phil Maker more than 150 of these images are "in an aesthetic though not necessarily technical sense of viewable and perhaps even printable quality".
It is fitting then that the Threadbone Press should issue a commemorative calendar containing 14 of the very best examples of the Professor's work in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of one such expedition: that to the Isle of Wight in 1968. Fully restored in reprocessed Threadigital Supercolour™, the calendar will be a vibrant* addition to any home as well as a handy way of recording all those important occasions no family wants to forget (or needs to avoid!).
*CONSUMER WARNING: vibrant is a relative term (grey is "vibrant" compared to black). Intending customers should be aware that Agfa-Gevaert B345 35mm Technocolour Obtuse Spectrum film, which was favoured by few professionals and manufactured in Dresden for less than two years, produced a limited colour palette which was considered "retrogressive and dated" even at the time. Threadipedia describes it as "sombre", whilst renowned society photographer Papa Razzi remembers it as "Suicide inducing in its leeching of all the colours of life. Only a depressive donkey with a bad hangover would consider using it." Professor Thrupiece was never knowingly compared to a donkey in any respect bar one.
The Professor Thrupiece on the Isle of Wight 2018 Calendar is available now from Threadstone Booksellers and dirtectly from The Threadbone Press website. It is priced at £12.50 with a 5% discount on all orders of 25 or more.
It can also be downloaded HERE.
NB: The first 200 copies contain two special bonus pages - December 2018 and January 2020 - a brilliant and thoughtful aid to ensuring diary-based continuity at one year's end and a new year's beginning.
STOP PRESS: The Threadbone Press has announced that 3% of the profits from the sale of the Professor Thrupiece on the Isle of Wight 2018 Calendar will be donated to Threadwings, the charity devoted to helping poor people who would not otherwise be able to afford Threadbone Airways flights to achieve the dream of a lifetime. Even more reason to divvy up the required £12.50!
Professor Thrupiece on the Isle of Wight 2018 Calendar: a marvellous celebration of the Professor's photographic eye, a beautiful adornment for any home and a practical way of keeping track of those not-to-be-missed appointments whether business or pleasure.