Colouring the mundane

I’ve been meaning to take a shot of this for a while.  It’s in Islington in north London and the thing I like about it is that the local community have taken something mundane and brightened it up.

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Chislehurst Rocks

I bumped into some of the organisers of Chislehurst Rocks today who were having their headshots taken on a wet and windy Rec.  I’m looking forward to seeing them!

Some of my images have already been used on the site and it’s alway nice to get pictures ‘out there’!  Having chatted to them reminded me that I really keep meaning to go through the photographs I’ve taken at the event which I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed. Lots of great music and if I had to pick out any two acts it would have to be The Theme and the superb Stone Blind.

This years event is to take place on 17th June 2017. It’s a great day, and with stalls serving a large range food and drink, as well as the family funfair, there is something for everyone.

Grrrrreat afternoon at a studio

Last week I spent a really enjoyable afternoon at an east London studio with Pixeldot as they are developing the brand of the company I work for, redesigning the website and as you can see, the imagery.

The concept was to create a top-down profile of each member of staff using items that show what makes us….us.  It was described as a “model kit of you”.  There was some thought required on this as it’s easy to take purely random possessions.   I took various bits and pieces such as my first SLR, a pair of headphones, a rugby shirt etc. These covered my love of photography, music, and rugby.  I wanted to take some sort of sporting memorabilia, but having discussed with my wife why rugby over any other sport like NFL or football. I’ve always held the belief that the sense of sportsmanship and being part of a team is a lot stronger in rugby than others sports, especially professional football.  You may disagree, but it’s my blog.  And I’m always right on my blog!

My colleague races huskies, and as you can you can see from the images below, he knocked my items out the park by bringing in one of his four dogs, Oscar.  He was very well behaved in what must have been a very alien atmosphere for him.  A nice big bag of doggie treats helped I think.

The photos I took are more behind the scenes than the finished article that the Pixeldot guys took…..I’ll leave that to the experts!

It was good to watch the professionals at work, and I got some good tips from Luke, both verbally and watching him work.  Like most, I find it difficult to relax when a camera is pointing at me (which is why I hide behind it!) and it must have shown.  Many occasions I was told to loosen up and I think there was a concern my glare into the lens could frighten off prospective clients.  Maybe I should have taken from tips from Oscar!

Street Photography in the City of London

The title says exactly what is in the tin really!  Still getting to grips with a 52 project I’d hope to start, but thats stuttering a bit at the moment.  Maybe a bit too much procrastinating (see previous blog post)

Anyway, decided to get off my backside and what started off as taking pictures of building in the City end up as street photography.  Quite pleased with the results, though a lot more work to be done around the confidence of taking shots of people I don’t know.

“Doyouwannatakeapictureof a snowman…..?”

20161211000354-01I watched a very good YouTube presentation the other night about procrastination by Tim Urban who run a very enlightening website called Wait But Why. It’s worth watching if you get the time (see what I did there?)

Can’t be bothered to try to find it?  Scroll down, it’s at the bottom of the post!  Don’t thank me….just send cash!

I tend to be a serial procrastinator, and that does not come as shock to those that know me well…or even not that well, quite frankly!

It was very much a wake up call to getting things done as opposed  organising events in my calendar and watching those dates come towards me at high rate of knots, duck so they don’t hit me, and wave at them as they go off into the distance.

What is the initial effect?  Well I’m sitting here writing this and 2:09am because I was going to write it during my lunch break tomorrow. Half an hour ago I was putting up the Christmas decorations that kept falling down and then decided I wanted to edit this picture of a snowman decoration that was, prior to writing, going to be pretty much the content of this post.

2016 had a lot of negativity about it.  It started with David Bowie dying and went downhill from there.  However, from negativity is borne positivity, at least around these here parts. And at least now

So what next?

Having written this it will be very difficult, and maybe a tad embarrassing to go back to the old way of doing things.  That doesn’t mean I wont procrastinate a little bit. I will concentrate on getting things done to the best of my ability, and there may be speed bumps along the way but Rome wasn’t built in a day.  Maybe the Romans should have watched the video as well!

2016 proved that I was a photographer that didn’t take photographs, a cyclists that didn’t go out cycling, a blogger (well, sort of) that didn’t blog, and somebody that loves playing football but watches his son playing in the garden instead of having a kick around with him.  Getting a bit deep here, especially as he’s likely to read this.

I think we’ve all had enough of 2016 but we are approaching the final stretch.  2017 will see me (if all goes according to plan):

  • Ride a 25 mile Mountain Bike Trail
  • Pass an accreditation at the RPS
  • Sort out the garden
  • sort out some worky-type stuff
  • Sell a picture on 500px.

I’m pretty certain there’s a guitar somewhere in this house that I bought about five years ago.

So there you have it. Onwars and upwards!   This post was only going to be a picture of a snowman.  Go figure!

Stay safe and enjoy the video


A quick nap

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This guy must have been REALLY tired to decide he needed a nap halfway across London Bridge!

This is the first image I’ve taken while actually concentrating on taking street photography.  I’m actualy quite pleased with it, both in that I took the shot in the first place as opposed wishing I’d taken it after the event, and that I didn’t wake him up!