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The creation of images #ramble

Once again, it is Sunday morning and I share my thought with you. Not that much has been going on that I care to share. I’m not very good at sharing, I prefer to be alone a lot of the time. It’s easier to be alone sometimes, isn’t it? Then people can’t cause you stress or worry or whatever. I often find it easier to do my own thing too and if I make a mess of it I know who to blame! I try hard to work with others and accept collective decisions but it isn’t easy.  That’s why I like photography and the creation of images, it’s just me and my camera, unless I decide to point it at people…

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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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A beautiful icebreaker #ramble #art #inspiration

I’ve got an app on my phone and it actually counts how many steps I take, like a pedometer. I take more steps on Sundays despite this supposedly being a day of rest. I’m supposed to take 10,000 steps a day according to the app but the most I’ve done so far is 3,000 and that’s pushing it. There’s an app for everything these days isn’t there? I have an app for buying clothes, an app to find my way when I’m driving or call for help if I break down. I have an app for Aldi and another for the lottery results. Then there are the social media apps to help me keep in touch and network, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. I don’t understand Instagram yet but I’ve never been so appy…

Wednesbury - a beautiful icebreaker

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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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Look at the time! #ramble #photography

It’s Sunday morning and so here I go trying to write another Sunday morning ramble. I was out early yesterday photographing narrowboats on the canal. I was even invited to join their tour but that involved walking up some abandoned locks and I know how steep that hill is! It’s a nice day again today and so I’ll be out taking photos again this afternoon. I usually start writing at about nine a clock, but today I thought, look at the time; it was after ten!

Look at the time. I wanted to photograph that boat under the bridge!

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Is it still raining? #ramble

Is it raining?

Is it raining?

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I let you into the weird labyrinth where I keep my innermost thoughts. What’s on my mind this week? On a Sunday, I like to write this ramble in the morning and then after lunch, I like to do some landscape photography while I can drive about without facing mind destroying congestion. Of course, on Friday’s when the congestion is the worst we get the sunshine and on Sundays it’s always raining.

I was out last night taking photos at Churchill’s club where my brother was celebrating his 60th birthday. I have looked through the photos this morning and they are quite good. I deleted far fewer than usual and so I must be getting better at this event 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.

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Status symbols #thrifty

status symbols

We are all aware of status and we all pander to it to some degree. Jeremy Corbyn may deny he uses status symbols when he dresses down to attend parliament, but on the street, it is a different story. At those left-wing political rallies, he dons his left-wing rebel leader outfit and looks more like Che Guevara than a serious British leader; which is a little worrying. (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…)


Cooking and taste #thrifty

If you want to save money then cooking your own food is an obvious money saver. When you buy takeaway food or have a meal in a cafe or restaurant, you are paying someone else to do something you could do yourself. On top of that, 20% VAT is added. The same applies to drinks like coffee. (more…)


Dreaming of a lottery win? #life

I don’t usually do things on a whim, I tend to plan but I bought a lottery ticket for the Wednesday draw this week. No, I didn’t win, but I got two numbers and so a free lucky dip for tonight’s draw. My odds of winning tonight have halved, I have 2 tickets, but the odds are still over 20M to one. (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…)


Sculpture by Epstein #art

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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…)


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…)


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…)


Perceptions #life #art

perceptions

Our perceptions of life and the world we live in depends on how hard we’re finding it. When we’re struggling we become focused on the task in hand, trying desperately to make life easier. There are many people on Easy Street, but far more people struggling in Britain today. (more…)


What is art in 2015?

Art?

I’ve been thinking about art today. What is art? The dictionary defines art as “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” (more…)


Experiments in photography and art

hand cart with border

This was one of my favourite photos and so I had it printed on canvas, 30 inches by 20 inches. Notice that I added a border for them to wrap around the frame. I took this at Forge Mill Farm in Sandwell Valley Country Park. (more…)


Creativity and learning

Artistic edit of a image

Today’s picture was taken in a place I often go and I’ve taken similar images many times. This time, I did something different, I used a filter and edited the picture differently to create art. Learning is about repetition, we keep practising until we have perfected the skill. (more…)


Art and photography

Wednesbury Flag

This was the result when I tried to design a flag for the town that I live in. It’s not much like a flag, but it’s quite artistic. I started with a photo of the church that overlooks the town and added a picture of a gull swooping down; then made it sepia and colorized it with Photoscape. (more…)


Life: Colourful or grey?

Narrowboat at Waterside Place, Walsall

I photographed some narrow-boats yesterday, they were very colourful. I talked to the owners and they were quite colourful too. They have chosen a slower, alternate way of life, travelling the canals and trading where they can to make a living. (more…)


Photography: Changing weather

1 art gallery

The weather keeps changing now and so I have to sometimes take photographs indoors. We took a few outdoors this week, but dropped into the art gallery to take a few in the afternoon. It’s advisable to have the flash off in an art gallery or museum because long term exposure can damage the paintings. (more…)


Photography: Buildings

1 Esso service station

The seasons are changing in England and so I had a lot of sunshine at the weekend and that gave me different things to worry about, like long shadows. I tried to get some photographs of buildings, because they hold more local interest. It’s a change from the usual landscape photography. (more…)


Photography: Macro shots

I’ve started today with a photo of my camera!  I bought that suction cup gadget from Amazon and it fixes to the wall for macro shots. I was using it to copy some postcards and other things when the battery needed charging, so I took this shot with my Samsung Galaxy 2 phone.  (more…)


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