Swimmers Club

6th February 2017


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Treading Water

Check which is the shallow end and note the point where you will be out of your depth.


Who: Victoria Brown
Where: Manchester, UK
What: Writer, Designer

Lucy of Abingdon

Lucy was in the living room. It had been newly decorated. They had chosen the wallpaper together before they got married. Lucy did the painting and her husband had done the wallpapering. It hadn't taken long, they got it all done in an afternoon. After it was finished they had gone out for a few drinks. Lucy had a Cherry B and didn't mind that she still had paint on her hands and some in her hair even though she was in a pub on a Saturday night. The wallpaper was non-woven, smooth surface, matt look with stylised blossoms. Basic colour: cream, pattern colour: dark grey, yellow green, light grey. Dimensions: 0,52 m Width × 10,05 m, pattern repeat: 0,38 m, straight match, grammage: 151 g/m2. Characteristics: good lightfastness, low flammability, strippable wash-resistant.

So far she had taken off her blouse and skirt and was only wearing her bra, knickers, suspender belt and stockings. They all matched, her husband had suggested she buy them last weekend. She thought she looked good in them although she had a bruise on her thigh from moving all the boxes into the new house but her husband said it didn't matter about that because these photos were 'real life'. She was lying on the settee. Her sister and her husband had just bought a new three piece suite so they had given their old settee to Lucy and her husband. It was a bit worn on the arms but it was still pretty good. It was velour with an orange and brown floral pattern on a light brown background.

Lucy's husband had been getting into photography ever since he had bought a Pentax K1000. He had wanted Pentax because he said that "Pentax glass was the best". She didn't know how he knew that. The Pentax used a horizontal travel, rubberized silk cloth focal plane shutter with a speed range of 1/1000 second to 1 second, along with Bulb and a flash X-sync of 1/60 second. 91.4 millimetres tall, 143 mm wide, 48 mm deep, and 620 grams. The body was finished in black leather with chrome trim only, although early production Pentax K1000 SE bodies had brown leather with chrome trim.

Lucy's husband suggested she start pulling off one stocking while he took another photograph. He put the standard lamp on to adjust the lighting. First she had to undo all the suspender bits and then take the stocking off but pause halfway and look into the Pentax K1000. He said "look like you're feeling very passionate." Once they had that photo, they could move onto the bra.

'Lucy of Abingdon' is taken from Victoria Brown's forthcoming book 150 Pornographers which will be published by Dostoyevsky Wannabe Experimental later in 2017.