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Culture in Wednesbury #art #photography #music

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. Yesterday afternoon I went to Wednesbury art gallery for a performance by Florence Joelle which was part of the Jazz Festival. It was  a pleasant afternoon and I was quite surprised that I could understand some of the words of the songs that she sang in French! It was all très bon!

Culture in Wednesbury

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Gaslighting the nation #politics #psychology

Wikipedia: Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which a person seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, making them question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, gaslighting involves attempts to destabilize the victim and delegitimize the victim’s belief.

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Improving your composition #photography

Whatever stage of your photographic journey you’re at, you can always improve your composition. It doesn’t matter if you have a cheap pocket camera or a full frame DSLR, better composition will give you better photos.

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Black Country day, aye it?

It’s Sunday morning and so as usual I’ll share my thoughts with you. It’s Black Country Day and all through July is the Black Country Festival. I missed the carnival yesterday. There is no disabled parking. That is going to be my life for a while, working out if I can park at events. There is an event today but again I doubt if I’ll get parking so I didn’t buy a ticket.

Black Country flag

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There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about – Oscar Wilde

“It is silly of you, for there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” is a quote from A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. The quote refers to the upper classes who need an admiring audience. However, we mere mortals are also talked about if we get involved in the community in some way. The question is, do people say good things about us or bad things? Last year, quite a few bad things were said about me, things have improved since then. I care less what people think now anyway, so it doesn’t much matter what they say!

Oscar Wilde

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Getting started in photography

Most cameras and phones will take a good picture in a good light. The problems start in artificial light and in poor light. On automatic settings, the camera slows the shutter speed down to compensate for the lack of light which causes blur.  Holding the camera very still is the first thing you can do to get better pictures. You can also focus on subjects close to the camera which will mean a wide aperture and that allows more light into the camera and you get a faster shutter speed. If you’re just getting started in photography choosing a good camera can also help you get great pictures.

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Culture is so complicated #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and as usual, I will share my thoughts with you. I saw a report on TV that said the Chinese government were sending Muslims for re-education in special centres. The children are being sent to special boarding schools. It seems like a breach of human rights but there are so many differing beliefs in China and different ‘tribes’. We have seen how Islam can become corrupted and give rise to terrorism. At home, Boris Johnson seems the favourite to be the next prime minister and he has similar views. Over the other side of the Atlantic, Trump is quite anti-Islam too. Religion does cause a lot of problems so maybe China is right to cast aside primitive beliefs? I think the Chinese government needs to learn some tolerance but I can understand their fears. Culture is so complicated.

Culture is so complicated

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Brexit, what are their hidden motives? #politics

We know what Johnson and Rees-Mogg want. They want to turn Britain into an off-shore tax haven and cut taxes for the rich. What taxes will they put up to pay for their tax cut? What are their hidden motives? Well, Johnson has recently said that 60 billion pounds is cheap for HS2. The Tories in favour of public transport? What’s going on? We know that the roads are congested and I have a theory.

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How to take sharper pictures. #photography #art

We all want sharper pictures. Blurred images are the biggest problem people have with photography. Photographs are images made up of light and dark and if you zoom in on an image, the line between light and dark is often fuzzy or completely blurred. I zoom in and sometimes use software to make that line more defined. I took a photo of the Fountain Inn in Tipton again on Sunday. I wanted good composition but I also wanted the image to be as sharp as possible.

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A new chapter #photography #life

It’s Sunday morning, bright and early so I’ll share my thoughts with you once again. The Blast festival is over and so too is the Sandwell Pride of Place project. I missed the end of the festival party but did take some photos of Brendan Barry’s caravan gallery workshop in Wednesbury Market. That was tiring with the heat. Chris and Jan of the Caravan Gallery will move on to their next project. I have been asked about a project but I’m not going anywhere! We will all start a new chapter and who knows how the story will go?

A new chapter

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Creating a public image #psychology #photography #life

I grew up in an oppressive era when children were supposed to be ‘seen but not heard’. I don’t find it easy to attract attention to myself but in the 21st-century, that is a useful skill. I have photographed a lot of people who are performers of some kind. They get up in front of people and attract attention to themselves and I have noticed that they all have one thing in common. They are all fairly image conscious. They dress the part and act out a role. I tend to attract attention to myself as a photographer and even I dress the part to a certain extent. The camera is part of my dress code and I’m not comfortable without it. I tend to wear the same style of clothing and although the hat is to keep the sun out of my eyes, it is part of the image.

public image

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When art meets history #photography #art #history

Besides being the admin of the History of Wednesbury page on Facebook I also do community photography and photograph local events. Besides promoting our history, I record it as it happens. It is, of course, a pictorial history of old photographs and I take photographs to add to the timeline. Art meets history in the production of new images.

art meets history

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