It’s Christmas Eve and people are bustling about buying enough food to last through winter! Our thoughts often go back to happier days when we were excited by the magic of Christmas. Christmas really is for children and we should make more of an effort to make it exciting for them. There are lessons to be learnt at Christmas too. Such as living within your means and not landing yourself with a huge credit card bill after Christmas.
Today’s picture is a little bit misty, so one of my resolutions for 2016 is to go back and take that picture again when the sun is shining. It’s a place where fishing is popular too, so I might get a few anglers in the photo. (more…)
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…)
We all inherit something from previous generations. We have recorded history, culture, historic buildings, music and art. Then there is a more personal heritage that we inherit from our closest family, that consists of values, beliefs and traditions. Some people seem to have a better start in life than others. (more…)
I wandered around the local churchyard taking photos the other day. I was looking for any sign of a pauper’s grave there where victims of a cholera epidemic were buried in the 19th century. The church is on the site of a medieval castle or buhr supposedly built by the Lady of the Mercian’s. (more…)
This is my first Sunday ramble on a Zillion Ideas, I usually post them on my WordPress blog. On a Sunday morning, I just ramble on about whatever is on my mind. Today it’s summer carnivals because the sun’s shining and it’s Tipton Carnival today. (more…)
The Black Country is known for industry. It was once said to be black by day and red by night. As you can see from my pictures today, it’s much cleaner than it used to be and we have the Black Country forest, which is an urban forest, parks and local nature reserves. You still have to look for the beauty though.
We went to lots of places to take photographs on Sunday. This is the Manor House at West Bromwich. I took this with my Nikon D3200. There was a falconry display in the ground, but the shots of the birds weren’t so good. (more…)
I went to the Oak House in West Bromwich on Sunday and took photographs. There is always somewhere to have an afternoon out taking photos. The sun was bright and so that presented new problems. It was dark at about 1 o’clock and then the sky cleared and I had bright sunlight. You can see the light reflected off light colours and shadows in this picture. Most people stand in front of the house and get a nice symmetrical picture. You lose all depth then. I have the tree for some depth and the angle makes the house look taller on the left of the picture and smaller as it goes away from us. We have a lot of perspective.
St Pauls church
The church in the photograph is St Paul’s in Wood Green, Wednesbury, near to junction 9 of the M6 motorway. The church was built in 1874 and partly endowed by the Elwell family who owned the local forge. It’s built from red sandstone and in 1888 a spire, clock and a peal of bells were added. How do I know all this? I have a book published in 1908 full of facts from Victorian times about the town that I live in. The town was prosperous then and they built churches, the Town Hall (1871), Art Gallery (1891), parks, baths and much more.