The 1994 Blasphemy Hour

I attended the University of New Brunswick Fredericton campus for the 94/95 school year. I was preparing to enter graduate school but gave it up to come to Korea. The basement room I rented was just large enough for a bed, a desk, an armchair, and a chest of drawers. And the occasional bit of blasphemy.

My flatmate John took these photos with my compact camera. I have no idea what led to me dressing up as an antipope, but it was good for a few laughs. But also raises some questions now that I look at the photos again. Where did I get a Diet Coke box? I never drank Diet Coke. What was the stick in my hand? How old were those curtains? Why did I have a bottle of Newfie Screech when I didn’t drink? How dirty was that towel?

The Student Experience

I always seem to notice this statue more during exam periods. Perhaps because the facial expressions match those of the students walking past it.
I wonder if these three figures are so glum because student life is difficult, or because the pleasant little wooded path behind them (not in the photo) is congested with smokers like every other rest area at the university, or because the Arts College was chopped several years ago along with the College of Humanities. Poor little stone orphans . . . . .
For those of you who are interested, this photo was made using my Fujifilm X-T3 and I set the film simulation to Classic Chrome. I brightened it slightly using a tone curve and then levelled it, because my head seems to be set not quite straight on my head. 150th sec at f13, ISO 320. The lens was the very short and portable Fujinon F2.8 27mm pancake lens. Great for walkabouts.