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!

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Turners Preference…

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There’s a story around these parts that once Sir Henry Hoare (The Magnificent) had completed the gardens at Stourhead he invited the renowned landscape painter Joseph Mallord William Turner down for a ganders and maybe a painting or two… Unfortunately Bill was not impressed with Harrys’ arrogance with regards to the new gardens and chose to paint the second lake down. not part of the gardens and known to this day as Turners Paddock. I’m not sure how you give the bird in 1799 but that seems pretty close to me.

On a personal note, the fishing is good (permit from the Gillingham angling club required, mine elapsed 30 years ago…) and I used to catch Jack Pike here when I was a lad and will never forget when a Starling murmuration passed overhead and they all poo’d at the same time… The fishing kind of die a death after that, apparently Starling poo tastes better than maggots… I’ll take the fishes word on that!

Ruff!

DSC_1533Happiness is organic, namely sodium, H2o and whatever elements go into a stick…

Big day today, I have gained an addition and am now a proud owner of a Nikon D750. Please note, the addition bit. I have most definitely not traded in, swapped or otherwise thrown in the back of my cupboard the D3300. That camera has a special place in my heart and D750’s will come and go… (or maybe the odd 850 or two, I can always dream) But that camera has enabled me to become what I am today. Entry level DSLR, kit lenses ( apart from the 35mm 1.8), one exhibition under my belt (and one currently underway, see below) and a few hundred calendars across the globe.

I’m proud of me, so proud I’m like a dog, with a stick on the beach and the sea’s just there…. All that wet!

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All taken today in St Helens and Portsmouth Harbour.

Don’t you just love great Fridays!

Peace Peeps! XXX

PS, I’m showing off here!

 

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.

 

 

52 Faces… Kickin’ up sand Bro!

DSC_8594.jpgHe says as he slinks away into week two of this year… I could make excuses like I’m in holiday mode or I’ve been learning dodge and burn or is that burn and dodge (photoshop Nerds’ll know and I really have!) but the honest answer is…

I’m scared… Portraiture is such a huge step, don’t get me wrong. I think, with lots of effort (that’s the hard bit) and lots of mistakes I can make it work but I don’t just want to take snapshots, I want to… I have no idea… But I do, I want to feel as natural taking a portrait as I do taking a landscape. So many people have helped me in my journey so far (thank you Tanya, Jess, Nigel, Kiran, Sandie, Kayleigh and Reece)

People are amazing, people are weird, people are people and I want to capture that…

Right, gloves off and it should’t hurt… Too much.

Strela Delivery: Salrei, Twas the week before Christmas… #beer

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More Beer!

 

Faces Of Boa #3

A great night spent at Morabeza Beach Bar. Drinks, drums and fire eaters. The sunset wasn’t a thing but to be honest, that didn’t matter. 

And I’m really terrible at getting the names of my subjects! I have messaged the bar to see if they can help me out so I could well update this post later.

Many thanks to the staff at the Morabeza Bar the African dancers, Casadimansa and the guys in the shop who helps me choose a shirt and made my obligatory wrist band! 

Beautiful View….

So, it’s been a while since I posted and I’ve got the audacity to use the hash tag #photographyblogger on my Instagram posts so I thought I’d better pop back to where it all started… At the moment I’m on holiday with my family in Boa Vista and it’s amazing. A little on the overcast (high cloud, not that great lumpy stuff we get back in the UK) side but there have been some great opportunitys for landscape photography but I’ve decided to set myself a little challenge. So often on holidays like this I tend to rely on my preconceived opinions rather that actually seeing what’s there so, for the rest of this holiday I’m going to park my opinion firmly in the back seat and let the world decide what it wants to be and try to capture the best bits with my camera. So, People of Boa Vista #1 is John (I think that might be a non de plume) 

A souvenir seller on the beach in front of the hotel. He lives in Sal Rei and walks along the beach every day to sell his wares. 

I was at his pitch a few days ago when there wasn’t a soul about apart from the local stray dogs (who are very friendly and fit as butchers) 

See, I still had to crow bar the landscape shot in! 

So, for the next week and a bit I’m going to try and find out more about the people who make this wonderful place tick. Wish me luck! 

Take A Deep Breath and… Blow!

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So, here I am, just heading into year three of my photography journey and it’s been rewarding, frustrating, beautiful and humbling. I’ve exhibited once and have a second in the pipe line. I’ve raised over £1400.00 for charity and have my work hanging on over 200 walls across the world in 2018….

And relax, right, that the trumpet blowing done. I really don’t know how to put into words how proud of myself I feel but believe me, this journey is only just getting started.

If you’re just starting out on your own journey then the little snippets of advice I would offer is look harder, ignore the criticism (arseholes), listen to the critique (beautiful, generous people on the same journey, just a few stations further along), learn and don’t beat yourself up too much. I’m only catching everyday moments, the trick is to see past the everyday bit.

P.S. The sun sets tomorrow too.

xx