Backstreet Serenade…

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There’s something about Bristol. It’s not the closest city to me, Salisbury has that accolade and deserves a blog post of its own (it’s coming) but I digress, Bristol, art in the back streets and great cobbles what more could you ask for?

“Bristol’s hard!” Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear, 2008 as he tried to beat up the Toyota Pickup, he was right to a point. It oozes “Fuck you! We are who we are and if you don’t like it, fuck the fuck off!”

And it works… Art on breeze blocks, long may it continue and Bristol, I’ll see you again shortly. Show me your face!

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52 Faces, We Are Stardust… But, bloody hell!

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Art is subjective, you can love it, hate it or even a bit Meh! It’s completely up to you and that is the great thing about art… Street furniture on the other hand is a completely different ball game.

We are the universe observing itself but I think we keep missing the obvious…

DSC_1221Thank you Photoshop  for your assistance and to the architects of Solstice Park… WTFF?The hotel didn’t help either!

And, a little side note, The Human Universe by Prof Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen. A great listen.

For Lucy!

That’s Life…

Wow, what a rush! I’ve just completed my first day exhibiting at the Beaumont Gallery in Mere, Wiltshire featuring yours truly… (Who had his first life modelling session yesterday and loved it!)DSC_1000.jpg

Rodney Waymen who’s twists and observations on local scenes is something to be seen and some absolutely stunning sculptures by Sarah Coward 

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Even though the weather was horrible we had a fair number of people through the door and I’ve also sold 2 images. It’s so great, as always, to get real, natural engagement to my work.

 

 

How useless am I…

I have neglected you… The countdown fizzled out on here but kept going in the real world and I am now 4 days into my first little exhibition and it’s been amazing. My images have been so well received and all feedback has been extremely positive. I think this could possibly one of the best things I’ve ever done…

And it’s now *Little Green Man season in Wiltshire too… Good days!

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I think I’m going to do a bigger post closer to the end of the week with details and pics and I might have a spin around and get some shots of the other participants… There’s 330 of us. If you fancy a ganders at what we’re up to have a look at the Wylye Valley Art Trail website.

And if you’re local, pop along. It would be great to see you. If you’re not local, still pop along, it’s well worth the visit and this part of the world is looking gorgeous at the moment.

*Artists with planks and grumpy farmers Season

19 Days and Counting…

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Prints are printed, mounted, signed and framed and I should be sitting here thinking about prices, descriptions and worrying about Peeps through the door but, man, tonight’s sunset was just spectacular! The light was changing by the second and this composition has been begging for the right light for months!

And, if you’re wondering what I’m blathering on about in regards to prints I’m exhibiting at the end of May in a local art trail. I’m really looking forward to it. Have a ganders at my website for more info and forgive me for going on about it over the coming weeks.

See more at focalthingy.co.uk and have a look at the other contributors to the Wylye Valley Art Trail here

Why?

DSC_0364-Pano-EditWould you put an exhibition dedicated to the First World War in a crisp, clean gallery?  All white walls and straight lines… Na, better to put it at the top of a hill, surrounded by mud and open to whatever the elements throw at it. You want to see it? Then you’ll have to endure a tiny fraction of what they went through, just slipping and sliding without the threat of immediate and filthy death and, when you get there, it ain’t pretty.

DSC_0351-EditIf you’re able, take a walk around Stourhead, and have a ganders at Scraptors Sculpture Trail, they take some finding and they’re not in the pretty places…

Lest we forget Peeps…

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There are those who take a short cut across Salisbury Plain and make it… Me! Tada!

And then there are those who don’t… Him!dsc_3398-editIt’s going to take a bit to buff that out. Still, nice setting and moody skies, I can see a career in car adverts looming! ;o)

Right, down to the serious bit of closing this challenge down. If you’ve been following me for a while I’d like to think that you’ve noticed that the photography has improved. My confidence in myself has come on leaps and bounds and I’m happy to say that I’m proud of what I’ve done.

Over the next 19 days (The 20th will be my viral post) I’m going to choose one particular subject per day. These subjects will be an element of photography that I’d like to think I’ve come to grasp or not and the shot will be a new shot demonstrating or outlining this subject.

The altruism I have experienced over the last 12 months has been mindblowing and the next 19 days is just me giving a very small amount back.

And, before I go, A massive shout out to John at P-U-G great to meet you Fella.

You can view Johns’ work here.

Peace Peeps! x

 

Manual 365/206 Plagiarism

DSC_7047-Edit.jpgArt imitating beauty or beauty intimidating art?

I have no idea… I’m just a photographer cataloging moments! ;o)

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Whenever I shoot other peoples work I always feel like I’m cheating, all those hours and hours of effort and I catch it in a 320th of a second. I will always be in awe and always respect and always, always thank you!

Upfest, You were spectacular!  Thank you!x

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Peace Peeps! xxx

Manual 365/163 (late) When Is A Door Not A Door?

When it’s been turned into a stunning, huge canvas for a Polar Bear.

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Seen here in the studio with a collection of other works by the lovely Tanya Hinton

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Both her and her partner, Nick have an open studio at Bull Mill on the first Saturday of every month and it’s a glorious setting to view some of their incredible works.

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Thanks for the coffee and the opportunity to practice Guys!x

Peace Peeps! x

Manual 365/120 Heros!

There are numbers, great big numbers of fellow human beings who take that little bit of time to do that little bit more to help those that need it by volunteering. No pay, not a lot of recognition and an awful lot of work… But, occasionally, they do get chance to paint!

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The natural human condition is to help, it’s evolved into us and eventually it will overcome.

Thanks to all the Volunteers, Trusties and most importantly, Organiser, (Sandie) at the Rosemary Goddard Centre for the good they do in the community and the pleasure they bring to their guests and letting me wander about with my camera.

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Peace Peeps! x