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Experiments in art and photography #photography

When I’m writing sometimes I imagine a particular person or group of people and write for them. It can mean I am writing with local people in mind or writing for an international audience. I have a great-nephew, Jamie, who I have never met, but he has recently taken up photography. I have him in mind today. So how do I go about my experiments in art?

BLUEBELLS IN THE HEDGEROW - experiments in art.

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People, places and things #ramble #art

Why do I like this photo? I keep looking at photos that I’ve taken and asking, why? Why is this a good shot and that one isn’t? Why do I like this shot and not that shot? Sometimes the photos can be almost identical but I favour one over the other. Often I see a shot and know it will be a good one but most of the time I’m just taking photos.

GALLERY (29)

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Creating art with your camera #photography

The first users of cameras in the late 19th century were professional people who could afford such devices and artists who were fascinated with the new medium. They experimented a lot and in doing so they became quite skilled photographers. Some of those early images of their models are sought after today because even though they are black and white or sepia, they capture a moment in time that will never be seen again. They also demonstrate the skill of the photographer. This week one of my photographs was accepted for the Sandwell Arts trail. The works of art  will tour the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell going from art gallery to museums and to the Art cafe. This was my attempt at creating art with my camera –

BLUEBELLS IN THE HEDGEROW

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Out in the spring sunshine #ramble

Yes, it’s Sunday morning again and so once again I’ll let you into the dark labyrinth that is my mind and share my thoughts once again. I didn’t really have a good week but the sun’s shining and I’m thinking of going out to enjoy the spring sunshine.

spring sunshine

Hydes Pool, Wednesbury

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History, art and photography #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I let you into the matrix that leads to the dark corners of my mind and will share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? History, art and photography as well as publicity and markets and a whole host of other things. I’ve been designing banners to publicise things. That wasn’t very successful but we learn, move on and improve. I have also been working on a couple of art projects. One involves flowers which leads me nicely into today’s photo which is one of the photos I took for the project. What ya think?

BLUEBELLS - art and photography

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Art and culture #ramble

I think the town I live in lacks some cultural opportunities. The art gallery rarely seems to have anything interesting on and only opens three days each week. It closes altogether in the winter. I think we could make a bit more of an effort to get funding from the Arts Council for a summer exhibition. The Royal Academy of Arts has a summer exhibition and so why shouldn’t we? Yes, today I’m sharing my thoughts with you as I usually do on a Sunday morning. I have art and culture on my mind this morning.

art and culture

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Geeks and photography #life

Geeks don't always own teddy bears

Socially inept?

I checked with Google the definition of the word geeks. The definition is an unfashionable or socially inept person. A nerd is very similar. These are American expressions and so not to be taken too seriously. I think geeks are drawn to computers and do take up photography. Owning a teddy bear is optional. Taking photos of your teddy bear is bordering on the weird… (more…)


Bohemian socialites

 

Bohemian gypsy or socialite copycat?

I put a few vintage photographs on the Facebook page yesterday and fans of the page liked them. The photographs were of gypsies who inspired the Bohemian culture that swept Europe in the early 20th century. (more…)


Composing your winter picture #photography

BLACK COUNTRY (45)

I have to admit that I don’t spend enough time composing my pictures, but I do look for diagonal lines and anything that will give the image perspective. Photographing landscapes in winter is difficult with the poorer light but we can still get images with a cold winter look. (more…)


Should we nurture enthusiasm?

MOORCROFT WOOD (2)

When I was young I was fascinated by a few things. I liked speed and took up cycling. I liked experimenting and would spend my money on electronics components to experiment with. My fascination with electronics was destroyed after trying to work in that area. (more…)


Photographing buildings #photography

1 Queens Head

If you’re just starting to take up photography, then try photographing interesting buildings. You can think more about taking the photo and less about the settings. I took this photo of the Queen’s Head in Wednesbury on a sunny day, so it’s a nice bright photo. (more…)


Creative opportunities for everyone? #culture

Wednesbury art gallery

Living in the Black Country, all I seemed to hear about when I was young was the industry. Now I hear a lot about creativity and art. We used to make steel tubes here and all sorts of products that supported the motor industry and the building industry. The Black Country was an important part of a nation that was industrious. We made things. (more…)


Why use manual settings? #photography

SNOW 17 JAN 2016  (46)

I went out on Sunday and took some photographs while we had a little snow. It was cloudy but the snow reflected quite a lot of light. You can set your camera on the landscape setting for this type of shot and the camera will set the aperture narrow and measure the light for you, but it won’t adjust for snow! (more…)


Getting creative for health #life

1 artistic edit

Today’s picture is an artistic edit of one of the photographs that I took on Sunday. I wish I could have done stuff like this when I was younger. Technology has given us the tools to become much more creative. (more…)


Aesthetics: appreciating beauty #culture

Today’s picture is a composite of images of the local park. It looks nice doesn’t it? It was landscaped from land used for mining. The ‘Mount’ was actually a pit bank of clay. Now it’s a beautiful Victorian park, but over the years, it’s been changing. So too have many of our Victorian buildings. (more…)


Taste and honesty #life

ST BARTS CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL (24)

I must admit I find it hard to join in with the spirit of Christmas, but I am trying to make more of an effort. I’m not religious, but I still went to photograph the Christmas tree festival in the local church. (more…)


Metering and cropping #photography

Wednesbury Metro station

Many cameras now offer a choice of metering. The camera has a built-in light meter and so adjusts settings depending on the light. In this photograph, the light varies throughout the frame. It was lighter on the left where the sun was shining through from the back of that building. (more…)


Sculpture by Epstein #art

NOVERMBER FIRST (34)

These sculptures are reproductions of work by Jacob Epstein and are on display at Walsall Art Gallery. I like them, but I don’t like his paintings. He is described as a sculptor though so maybe I’m being a little harsh. The white one is the better one because it’s easier to photograph. (more…)


Rebelling again the Bourgeois #art

I’ve always been fascinated by Bohemianism and the concept that made people rebel against convention. The original bohemians weren’t poor but wanted the pleasures and the freedoms enjoyed by the poor. (more…)


Engaging with your audience #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so I let you into the dustier pathways of my mind and let you know what I’m thinking about today. I’ve been thinking about art and audience engagement. Some artists create for themselves, true artists create for other people and engage with the audience. (more…)


The humility of art #art

There are different types of photography and they all require different skills and approaches. I’ve done a lot of landscape photography and that seems to be what I’m good at. There is also various types of photographic art and I think this photograph falls into that category and so I’ve had it printed.    (more…)


Photographic art #photography

HYDES POOL IN AUTUMN (22)

I took some photos on Sunday and I’ve been doing some editing to try to create something artistic. There are people who think photography can’t be art because it’s too easy. Snapshots obviously aren’t art, but when you take some trouble to compose a shot and then edit to produce a desirable image, then it can be classed as photographic art. (more…)


Bohemian art? #art

bohemian art?

I like to experiment and imagine what might be. I was a bit of a daydreamer in junior school, but was that a bad thing? There are thinkers, imaginative people who wonder if things can be different and if life can be better. Some of us think about phenomenon, we tend to think big. Such thinking is frowned upon and held back by the small minded. (more…)


Fun with photography

SANNA (42)

I photographed this boat last week. I wanted it in fairly sharp focus so I could read the name. The wind was blowing the tarpaulin around so, I need to freeze the movement. I needed a fast shutter speed. It was a little cloudy, so raising the ISO would help too. I just selected a scene mode and the sports setting gave me everything I needed. (more…)


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